Sechrest Funeral Service

1301 East Lexington Ave, High Point, NC


Jess Ray Stapleton

January 29, 1942May 27, 2020

High Point- Jess Ray Stapleton, 78, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at his home.

Jess was born in Ironton, Ohio, January 29, 1942, a son of Arthur Stapleton and Dorothy Martin Stapleton. He loved animals, especially eagles, and was particularly protective of his chihuahua, Rocky. He was a jack of all trades, could fix, repair or work on anything. Jess worked as an electrician for Harris Teeter and retired in 1998 after thirty years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Stapleton and Dorothy Martin Stapleton; daughter, Jessie Sue Stapleton Bare; three sisters and five brothers.

Jess is survived by his wife of fifty six years, Melanie Hall Stapleton; daughter, Beverly Tucker and husband John Tucker; son, Jerry Stapleton; seven grandchildren, Joshua Bare, Sarah Jones, Casey Bare, Katie Small, Jay Stapleton, Joanna Stapleton and Melanie Dawn Stapleton; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Freda Meadows; and brother, Forest Stapleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made In Memory of Jess to The American Eagle Foundation, PO Box 333, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868; or online at eagles.org.

A graveside service for Jess will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, June 1, 2020, at Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point, North Carolina.

Sechrest Funeral Service is honored to serve the Stapleton family. Memories and online condolences may be shared at sechrestfunerals.com.


  • Arthur Stapleton, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy Martin Stapleton, Mother (deceased)
  • Melanie Hall Stapleton, Wife
  • Jesse Sue Stapleton Bare, Daughter (deceased)
  • Beverly Tucker (John), Daughter
  • Jerry Stapleton, Son
  • Joshua Bare, Grandchild
  • Sarah Jones, Grandchild
  • Casy Bare, Grandchild
  • Katie Small, Grandchild
  • Jay Stapleton, Grandchild
  • Joanna Stapleton, Grandchild
  • Melanie Dawn Stapleton, Grandchild
  • Freda Meadows, Sister
  • Forest Stapleton, Brother

  • American Eagle Foundation


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 1, 2020


Jess Ray Stapleton

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June 5, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.Please accept my condolenees, I enjoyed working with Jess at Food World fm 1973 t0 1984 Richard Pierce

Barbara Tucker

May 29, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you John and Beverly and family. The Tucker Family

Linda/Jimmy Pardue

May 28, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Jesse’ passing. I worked with him many years at the Harris Teeter Distribution Center. He was a funny and sweet guy. Would do anything for anyone. He was up front and honest which I loved about him. I use to buy tomatoes from him every summer. Will never ever forget him. I can still remember him laughing at Barry Knight. R.I.P. Jesse . Prayers and condolences to Melanie and the family from Jimmy and me.