Thomas F. Apple

Published 5:03 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

By Staff
Mr. Thomas Franklin Apple, age 72, a resident of 271 Swan Point Drive, Washington, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, from the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home, Washington, conducted by Dr. Danny Robertson. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Washington.
The following will serve as pallbearers: Grandsons, Charles William Hamilton, Jr., and Warren Robert Hamilton; Grandsons-in-law, Micah Medlin and Dale Latham and also Jamie Jones and James Everett. Mr. Apple’s granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers: Joni Medlin, Kathryn Latham and Jessica Sullivan.
Mr. Apple was born in Washington on June 3, 1938. He was the son of the late George Franklin Apple and Elsie Jones Apple. Mr. Apple served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He proudly served in the Military Police during the Desegregation Riots in Mississippi in the 1960’s. Mr. Apple was a retired truck driver with D.S. Swain Gas Company. After his retirement, he worked as a bookkeeper for Pamlico Sanitation Service. Mr. Apple was a member of the Washington Yacht and Country Club as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the River City Christian Center.
Mr. Apple was married to the “Love of his Life”, the former Dona Whitley, who survives.
Surviving with his wife are his daughter, Teresa Sullivan Hamilton and husband, Charles Hamilton, of Washington; his son, Douglas Ray Sullivan and wife, Leona Chandler Sullivan, of Washington; his grandsons, Charles William Hamilton, Jr. and Warren Robert Hamilton; his granddaughters, Joni Sullivan Medlin, Kathryn Hamilton Latham and Jessica Sullivan; his great-grandchildren, the “Apple” of his Eye, Ayden Patrick Hamilton, Liza Lane Medlin, Marley Josiah Medlin; and his brothers-in-law, who were very special to him, Robert Whitley, Jr. and wife, Reba, Thomas Wells Whitley and wife, Audrey, and Guy Burbage Whitley and wife, Grace Ann.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Paul Funeral Home, Washington, and other times at the home, 271 Swan Point Drive, Washington.
Special thanks to the Radiology Department of the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center and the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center for their compassion and care.
Flowers are welcomed and appreciated or memorials may be made to the River City Christian Center, 104 Tucker Lane, Washington, NC, 27889.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Paul Funeral Home of Washington is honored to serve the Apple family.
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