|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1936|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||May 27, 2013|
Brown Summit- Richard Lewis Apple died peacefully on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Moses Cone Hospital following a year of declining health.
Richard was born on April 22, 1936 to loving parents Amon and Katherine Apple. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Theresa Herbin Apple and was a devoted husband for 56 years until Theresa's death on December 5, 2012. Richard's legacy is carried forward by his two sons. Richard, known to his beloved grandchildren as PawPaw, is survived by five grandchildren two great-grandchildren. Richard was loved deeply by his sister and brother and sister-in-law.
Richard was a significant figure in the farming community in northeast Guilford County for over 50 years. He was a committed steward of the land and a protector of agriculture. His insights and perspectives were often sought out as well as his active service on the Guilford County Soil and Water Committee. He taught his sons to appreciate and demonstrate a strong work ethic. He lived out his love for his community, his friends and neighbors. He was literally and figuratively born to be a first responder. He was always first to arrive when a friend or neighbor needed help or compassion. He was a founder of the Northeast Fire Department and was honored for his distinguished service upon retiring from active volunteer status. His leadership and vision helped with the establishment of the North State Cooperative Warehouse. Richard loved supporting his sons and grandchildren in their athletic competitions whether it was football, hockey or soccer—he was there to encourage and support. Richard will be remembered as a man who stood firmly planted in his faith, his family and his farming but most of all his memory will be cherished by those fortunate enough to have traveled life's journey with him and to call him Daddy, PawPaw, brother, neighbor and friend.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Apple's Chapel Church on Highway 61 with Rev. Allen Meyers officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Created by: Sharon Shown
Record added: May 30, 2013
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