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Carlos Cecil Stapleton
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Carlos Cecil Stapleton, 62, of Cumming, died Oct. 9, 2011.

He was the loving husband of Carlotta for 38 years, the father of Adam and Carly, grandfather of Emmalise, expectant grandfather of Lillian and CEO of Georgia Highlands Medical Services.

He was born in Swainsboro July 25, 1949.

The eldest of six children, three boys and three girls, Carlos enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1969, where he completed a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, participating in one of the most important American events of the 20th century, the Apollo 11 moon landing retrieval.

It was while serving aboard the USS Arlington, backup communications ship to the USS Hornet that he assisted in the recovery of returning Apollo 11 astronauts.

When asked by President Richard Nixon, who was staying aboard the Arlington during the Apollo 11 retrieval mission: "How's the food here?" Carlos replied: "Terrible, sir."

Upon returning home in 1971, Carlos married the love of his life, Carlotta Sellari.

After graduating from Georgia State with a degree in business administration with a minor in economics, Carlos began work serving the community as an administrative assistant at Southside Medical Services, later moving to Savannah where he served as CFO of Westside Healthcare Services.

He later moved again back closer to Atlanta serving as CEO of Georgia Highlands Medical Services, where he continued his mission of providing healthcare to the indigent.

As a faithful partner to his wife, Carlos saw it as his duty in life to raise his two children to be productive members of society, setting an example of honesty, bravery and perseverance in the face of adversity.

He truly believed that he could make a lasting and positive impact on the world at large.

Survivors include his wife; two children; two grandchildren; mother; three sisters; one brother; and various other relatives also survive.

Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory of Cumming was in charge of the arrangements.