Condolences for Robert Warren Appleton

Cathy Hall posted on 4/24/21

Hay Sharin its Cathy Hall. I haven't seen you in a long time, I did see Bob a while back and he is always the same sweetheart and so nice, like you're his best friend. I think you two are one of my favorite couples. So sorry to know I won't run into him again for a while but if I make it to where he is I'll be happy! And I know I'll get a hug! Take care sweetie you will too. Love, Cathy I know I am late w/this but Patsy just told me about him.


Charlotte teachey posted on 4/18/21

Sending prayers


Charlotte teachey posted on 4/18/21

the family


Dick and Margo Engdahl posted on 4/10/21

Dear Shearon and Robin, we are so sad for your loss and will always hold Bob dear in our hearts.


Pamela S. Evers posted on 4/6/21

My deepest sympathies to Bob's family. Bob was a wonderful mentor and friend to me when I was his colleague in the Accounting Dept at UNCW. I always knew I could trust his advice and always loved his kindness and sense of humor. He was a favorite of UNCW students and colleagues and he will be missed. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us.


Bradley Bruestle posted on 4/2/21

Dear Appleton Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for Bob"s passing. He left an indelible mark on my life as well as many of his students and colleagues over the years. His smile was contagious and his kindness was second to none. May he rest in eternal peace. Sincerely, Brad Bruestle


Michael Hash posted on 4/1/21

To the family of Bob Appleton. Bob and I were classmates at West End High School. After West we took separate paths and did not meet again until our 50th class reunion in 2012. As I read other tributes here it is clear that the boy with a great smile, good nature, and easy friend remained the same throughout his life. When we met a few years back I thought how little Bob had changed and how all those qualities that made him so popular at West were completely intact. I can easily imagine what a gifted teacher and mentor he must have been to many. I was very sad to learn of his passing and want to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and family.


Paula Greene posted on 4/1/21

Shearon and family, my deepest sympathies to each of you. Shearon, we all got to know each other as fellow employees at UNCW. Bob, ALWAYS had a smile when we would see each other and our shared love of music was truly bonding. Cherish your special memories and know that I will as well. I'm so thanking that my path crossed with this wonderful and loving person. Psalm 121


John Brooks posted on 4/1/21

Shearon, I have many fond memories of dealing with Bob with his insurance needs. He was always pleasant, jovial, and it was simply a pleasure to be in his presence. He truly touched many lives and he left this world as a better place. My sincere condolences.


Randy and Ann Hanson posted on 3/31/21

So sad to hear the news about Bob. The world is sadder and quieter today without Bob in it. Such a great friend---such a fun friend. Bob made life fun, one of the happiest persons I have ever met. Bob was the first person I met in Wilmington 30 years ago when he picked me up at the airport to interview at UNCW. As soon as you met Bob you knew you had a friend for the rest of your life. Such a wonderful man. It makes me smile to think of Bob at basketball games here or up in Richmond for the conference tournament or singing in the quartet. Sympathies and prayers to you Shearon and everyone in the Appleton family.


Tammy Hunt posted on 3/31/21

James and I send prayers and all good wishes to the Appleton family. As others have said, Bob was noted for his laughter, mentoring and caring for students, love of family, and lots of singing. I'll never forget my classroom serenade from Bob and his Cape Fear Chordsmen quartet in Cameron Hall! Memories include Bob helping in planning the Eastwood Village Christmas parties (or any parties), always present cheering for Seahawk sports teams, and always ready to share a story, song or joke. He will be missed.


Tracie Chadwick posted on 3/31/21

Bob was one of the nicest men I ever met. He always had a smile on his face when I saw him. My sincerest condolences to Shearon, his children, grandchildren and siblings. May God comfort you during this difficult time.


Mary Thomson posted on 3/31/21

Bob was a great teacher and an even better friend. Our paths didn't cross all that often in recent years but we always had a warm and engaging conversation when we did see each other.


Woody and Mary Ann Hall posted on 3/31/21

Bob was a good friend and colleague. I will always remember the trips to football games at NC State and the fishing trip that Bob and Roger took me on shortly after I joined the UNCW faculty. Mary Ann and I send our prayers to the Appleton family..


Ron Copley posted on 3/31/21

Shearon and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was truly a bright light to anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him. I throughly enjoyed Bob's company whenever given the opportunity. We shared so many jokes, laughs, and stories of all kinds. One of my favorite memories is visiting Bob in his office, which was on an adjoining hall at the Business School. Bob told me one of his favorite jokes and we laughed for a solid 3-4 minutes. Bob had a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. Although I hadn't seen him lately, he continued to come to my mind for one reason or another. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to you, Shearon, and the family. May he rest in peace.


Louis Smith posted on 3/31/21

We are so sorry for your loss Shearon. Our prayers go out to you and your family. My memories bring me back to 1971 when I had Bob or Mr. Appleton as my Cost Accounting teacher at UNCW. He was serious about subject matter but also made us laugh. He once gave us an exam and tested us on material that we hadn’t covered yet. When asked why he did that afterwards he said he wanted to see what we would do with the uncovered material. We liked him so much we named our Intramural basketball team after him “stump jumpers” but never mentioned it because he would not have liked our nickname for him “stump”, all in good fun. I later got to know Bob as an adult and appreciated our friendship. We often spoke of my former classmates and how they were doing. Patricia and I so enjoyed sharing time with you Shearon and Bob at UNCW functions and Seahawk games and travels. May God bless you and your family and our fond memories warm your hearts!


Vince Howe posted on 3/30/21

You could never chat with Bob without smiling. Greatest stories ever especially the ones he was in...we will miss him.


Charles Appleton posted on 3/30/21

RIP, Bob. The fun days of playing together as cousins along Music Row in Nashville and atop Sand Mountain and Round Mountain in Alabama are over, but not forgotten. Jesus went ahead of you to prepare a new place for you. He was a carpenter and He's been working on it for 2000 years, so it must be some kind of mansion. I know you will enjoy it and reuniting with Uncle J, Aunt Emma and Jerry. Hope to see you later pal.


Rick Roscher posted on 3/30/21

Bob hired me in 1982, and we taught together for 30 years. There were plenty of fun times over those three decades, and I can honestly say that Bob made work a more enjoyable experience. He was a great friend and colleague; I'll miss his infectious smile and sharp wit. Many wonderful memories! Condolences to Shearon and all of Bob's family. Rick and Susan Roscher


Susan Hermanson posted on 3/30/21

Bob was a great colleague and friend at UNCW. He always had a smile on his face and everyone just loved him, students and faculty alike. I have a fond memory of attending a concert his quartet put on and I remember being so surprised at what an angelic voice he had. What a talent!! I know he is singing with the angels now. I truly enjoyed him as a colleague and friend at UNCW and more recently enjoyed his and Shearon’s company at the CSB and ABL Christmas parties. He will be so deeply missed. He was such a wonderful person and Professor and I am blessed to have known him.


Connie Wallace posted on 3/30/21

I met Bob at West High. He was my first boyfriend. He was funny, kind, caring and talented. You and I met at lunch a few years ago. Nancy was my long time travel companion. I know you will miss him forever. Treasure your memories.


Kim Surber Troup posted on 3/30/21

To Bob’s family - I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Bob from our church youth group and through junior high and high school. I’ve enjoyed knowing that Bob continued his singing. He led us in song at so many youth group activities. I can still remember the words to one of my favorite songs that he used to sing. I was so happy to reconnect with him through Facebook the past few years, He will be missed.


Nikki Speck Howard posted on 3/30/21

Shearon and family, So sorry to hear this. Bob was so much fun, whether it was the UNCW Good Wood Tavern, IMA meetings, CPA meetings, Lottery board or Seahawk games and tournaments. Prayers for comfort and healing for you all.


Jim Hall posted on 3/30/21

I will always remember the many great times we enjoyed together, It's hard to lose your best friend.


Sandy Baker posted on 3/30/21

Our condolences to Shearon, to Robin and his family, to Jill and her family and to Susan and Barbara. Bob was a one of a kind. Best joke teller, amazing singer and musician, a loyal and carrying friend. Traveling with Bob (and Shearon) was always an experience. When we traveled to Ireland, he joined all the singing groups and participated in the festivals. A stranger would think he was a native. We didn’t have to worry about having fun when we were with Bob, because just being with him guaranteed a good time with lots of laughter. We will miss him. Jack and Sandy Baker


Frances carr posted on 3/30/21

Shearon so sorry for your loss. Bob will truly be missed. Always loved to hear him sing


Beverly Hartgrove posted on 3/30/21

We had some great trips with Bob and Shearon. They were good traveling companions. We also enjoyed having them stay with us on their trips from NH to Wilmington. Will miss good talks and jokes.


Martha Rabon Robinson posted on 3/29/21

Sending condolences and prayers to you Shearon and all of Bob's family.


Dick and Margo Engdahl posted on 3/29/21

Bob will be missed by all who knew him. His presence made the world a cheerier place.


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Denis Carter posted on 3/29/21

At times it is difficult to put into words what is in your heart and this is one such time. Some "thought-words" that come from the heart are: Generous - "to a fault," Bob gave of himself to others so willingly, sharing his wonderful talents with family, friends, UNCW colleagues, and charitable community organizations; Joyous - Bob's very presence lit up the room, whether a classroom, a boardroom, a hospital room or my home; Harmonious - not just in his CF Cordsmen melodies but in the caring way that he took care of the problems of family, friends, distraught students, and young faculty under his supervision; Genuine - Bob's sense of humor often masked his integrity, loyalty and wonderfully honest character. Stella and I extend our deepest condolences to Shearon and family. We will miss Bob so very much.


Stephen Harper posted on 3/29/21

Dear Bob's family: Bob was one of the first faculty members I met when I joined the faculty in 1976. I have many fond memories of Bob ... the most noteworthy are he always had a smile on his face and was very upbeat - even with the various challenges he faced over the years. I always looked forward to seeing Bob. He was a dedicated professor and caring person. He was a great ambassador for UNCW and the Cameron School of Business. I consider him to be one of the primary building blocks in the business school's foundation. I already miss him and know he will be remembered by thousands of students. Steve Harper, Professor Emeritus of Management


Diane Lanier posted on 3/29/21

Bob was very special to me Always made me laugh. So sorry for your lose. I'm here for you. Love you


Ron & Tricia Staton posted on 3/28/21

Shearon: You know how we loved Bob and the time we spent with you guys. One of my favorite memories is of Bob when he wore the Sammy Seahawk costume at one of the basketball games. So, so funny! He was a dear man and we will miss him.


Diana L Hill posted on 3/28/21

I knew Bob only slightly but he always had a sincere smile and a welcoming personality.