It is with great sadness that Kappa Sigma announces that Past Worthy Grand Scribe, Brother John B. Staples, Jr., joined the Chapter Celestial of Kappa Sigma Fraternity on November 24, 2013. Brother Staples was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 1, 1924, and was 89 years old at the time of his passing.
Brother Staples was elected as Worthy Grand Scribe in 1985 at the 55th Biennial Grand Conclave held in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to being elected WGS, Brother Staples served as AAA, AA and DGM. He also served as the Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter President from 1964-1965, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Gamma Chapter House Corporation.
Brother Staples received several awards throughout his service to Kappa Sigma, including the District Grand Master of the Year award in 1979, and the Stephen Alonzo Jackson Award in 1981. He was a 70 year member of the Fraternity, and wore Jackson’s Pin number 325. He was a member of Kappa Sigma’s Silver Scroll for lifetime giving of more than $5,000.
Outside of his service to Kappa Sigma, Brother Staples was highly involved in his community. He was a member of the University United Method Church, and served on its board in three separate stints. He served on the Board of Director for the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge for 10 one-year terms, including as president from 1989-90.
Professionally, Brother Staples was employed with Borden, Inc., from 1952-92. He held various management positions within the company, including sales manager and ice cream coordinator.
Brother Staples was laid to rest on November 27, 2013. His lifetime dedication to Kappa Sigma is an example for all to follow. He will be deeply missed by all.