Mr. James Ralph Staples, age 77, of Payneville, KY, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at his residence. He was born May 12, 1942, the son of Joseph Gilbert and Georgia Lee Kennedy Staples. Ralph was a self-employed plumber and farmer. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved son, Ralphie Staples; and two brothers, Darrell and Kenneth Staples. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean “Tonkie” Staples; two children, Jamie Staples and his wife, Darlene, Brenda Jo Crosby; three grandchildren, Brandon Tyler Vowels, Justin Cory and Cody Eugene Staples; three great grandchildren, Eli, Peyton and Silas Vowels; and his brother, Raymond Staples. Funeral services and visitation will be held privately for Mr. Staples’ immediate family, due to health concerns. His service will be streamed on Hager Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society online at https://donate3.cancer.org. Online condolences may be left at www.hagerfuneralhome.com.