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Glenn Edward Staples, age 78

Glenn Edward Staples, 78, of Little Rock AR passed away on Sunday September 3rd, 2023.

Born on April 10, 1945 he was the first of three sons born to O.D. and Mary Virginia Staples. Glenn was a naturally talented athlete excelling in baseball and basketball. Glenn served as student body president of the 1963 class at Little Rock Central High School. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was a letterman in basketball and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Glenn had a contagious laugh and loved meeting new people. An avid Braves fan and a lifelong Razorback fan, Glenn loved watching and talking about all sports.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Martha Gale Staples as well as his parents O.D. and Virginia Staples.

Glenn is survived by his sons Chad, Brady (Leslie) and Trevor (Jamie) Staples. Grandchildren Andrew and Anna Staples, Coby Little, Brooke Trisano, Brady and Sophia Staples and Nolan Staples. Great Grandchildren Jayden and Julian Trisano. Brothers Russell (Brenda) Staples and Scott Staples as well several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Brady K. Staples Posted September 15, 2023 4:29 PM

    Missing you so much, father!

  • Cleve Branscum Posted October 17, 2023 9:22 AM

    Dearest Brady, Glenn was my first recruit at UALR. He had foot injury the 2nd week of practice that ended his promising basketball career. I kept him on scholarship until he graduated UALR! My wife, her Brother John Haynes and I greatly admired Glenn. Glenn came by to visit us in Florida many decades ago and it was indeed a fabulous reunion. God Bless You, & all of Glen’s Family, ~Barbara & Coach Cleve Branscum p.s. Please Email me with your address.

  • John Haynes Posted October 18, 2023 11:33 AM

    Glenn always made me smile; however, this time I’m sad. We became friends in high school and later became vey close in college. I could regale with stories about Glenn, but the most important aspect of Glenn’s life is the type of man he was and the impact he had on others. We had lunch together in Destin, Florida shortly after his wife died. He was always positive and upbeat regardless of the obstacles. Athletically, an excellent pitcher in baseball and equally excellent in basketball. John Haynes, Jacksonville, Florida

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