Mack Maples grew up the son of a medical doctor in Elkmont, and in 1919, began Maples Farms, which, under his leadership, has become one of the foremost registered Black Angus cattle operations in the nation. A true pioneer in the cattle industry in Alabama, Mack Maples was the sixth generation of Maples to work the family farm.
From the original 10 Angus heifers Mack Maples bought in 1919, he built an outstanding cattle operation and during his career served in leadership capacities, including president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and Alabama Angus Association. He was instrumental in founding the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association and promoted the use of technology in livestock production.
Mack Maples was also involved in civic activities, including a 25-year stint as chairman of the Limestone County Democratic Party. He was also chairman of the Limestone County Rural Development Committee and Elk River Development Agency. He served as chairman of the Athens-Limestone Hospital Board and as an elected member of the Limestone School Board.
Mack and Doris Maples have three daughters: Anne Maples Hamner, Susan Maples Minor, and Jane Maples, and a son Billy Maples. Their extended family includes nine grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.