WILMINGTON — Robert Warren “Bob” Appleton, 77, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.
He was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Jere Thornton Appleton and Emily Taylor Appleton. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry T. Appleton.
Bob attended Vanderbilt University for two years and graduated from Belmont University in 1966 with a degree in business administration. He then went on to receive an MBA from the University of Memphis.
Bob began his teaching career in the fall of 1967 at Wilmington College’s Business Department, which later became the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He continued to teach in the Department of Accountancy and Business Law in the Cameron School of Business until his retirement as an associate professor in 2014. Bob was a true Seahawks fan and attended most of the basketball games and tournaments.
One of Bob’s greatest gifts was his sense of humor and the joy of laughter he gave everyone around him! Bob had a great love for music. He played the banjo, guitar, trumpet and sang. Bob sang with the Cape Fear Chordsmen barbershop group from 1988 to 2017. Bob was the lead singer in several barbershop quartets, with the last one being Station One.
Bob is survived by his wife, Shearon Appleton; son, Robin Appleton, and his wife, Sasha, of Belmont, and their children, Emily, Amara and Josh; stepdaughter, Jill Prescott, and her husband, Damian, of Wilmington, and their children, Avery and Vance; and sisters, Barbara Paulson of Washington, D.C., and Susan Howell of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bob was a loving husband, father and “Pop” to his grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for the excellent care they provided.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will have a celebration of life at a later date. Please make sure to have your favorite story ready to share so we can all celebrate Bob together!
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