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Moss Service Funeral Home

1901 2nd Ave North West, Cullman, AL

OBITUARY

Maebell Wilhite Apel

March 6, 1920March 22, 2020

Maebell Wilhite Apel, of 504 12th Street S.E. Cullman, Alabama passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the age of 100. A private graveside service was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Cullman City Cemetery, Rev. John Bussman officiating, with Moss Service Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Apel was born March 6, 1920, parents Calvin Henry Wilhite and Zella Mae Linton. She was a member of 1st Baptist Church, Vinemont for 20 years. She united with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1941 when she married Arthur Henry Apel. They enjoyed 65 years of married life. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the choir and served as Accountant and Office Administrator at Apel Machine & Supply Co., Inc. for 38 years, until her retirement in 2000. Mrs. Apel believed every child should have the opportunity to learn. She served 15 years on the City School Board. This was during the building of the main High School and football stadium. Mrs. Apel devoted a lot of time to the band. At the beginning of Crusade for Cancer she served as chairman of both County and City. Mrs. Apel’s winning smile and friendliness were shown at home and at the “Apel Inn”, a cottage on Guntersville Lake. She hosted the CHS Band Football Team, Childhaven children, Star Club and numerous swim parties. She received the Good Neighbor Award and served as Superintendent of Sunday School service held at Guntersville Yacht Club for 1 year. Mrs. Apel was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three sisters: Frances Nearen, Marie Goff and Freida Perry. Survivors: 2 Sons, Ronald H. Apel (Cheri) and John F. Apel (Marie); 1 Daughter Cheri Dalgleish, 8 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-great Grandchild. Sisters; Dorothy Duke (Charles) and Saundra Duke (Frank); 1 Brother, Larry Wilhite (Gladys). The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Jock Leonard

March 29, 2020

I had the privilege to have worked for the Apels’ during the summers in between my college years from 1980-1982. Mrs. Maybelle ran the the front office and was a wonderful southern woman from Vinemont. I fondly remember in 1982 when l needed off to get married in August of that year how excited she was to learn that l was marrying a girl from Vinemont. She and her husband Arthur attended my wedding. It saddens me to see the greatest generation of the last century fading away and the work ethic that they instilled in my generation to always work hard and to be optimistic. She will be missed !

Gary Murphree

March 26, 2020

My father, L D Murphree was on the school board at the same time As Mrs. Apel. They were so proud of the new school and stadium. They worked well together with the other members and were so dedicated to the staff and students. Mrs. Apel was very kind when my parents passed away. I am sorry for your loss and wish I could visit with the family. The pandemic makes it impossible at this time but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Maebell Wilhite Apel, of 504 12th Street S.E. Cullman, Alabama passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the age of 100. A private graveside service was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Cullman City Cemetery, Rev. John Bussman officiating, Moss Service in charge.
Mrs. Apel was born March 6, 1920, parents Calvin Henry Wilhite and Zella Mae Linton. She was a member of 1st Baptist Church, Vinemont for 20 years. She united with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1941 when she married Arthur Henry Apel. They enjoyed 65 years of married life. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the choir and served as Accountant and Office Administrator at Apel Machine & Supply Co., Inc. for 38 years, until her retirement in 2000.
Mrs. Apel believed every child should have the opportunity to learn. She served 15 years on the City School Board. This was during the building of the main High School and football stadium. Mrs. Apel devoted a lot of time to the band.
At the beginning of Crusade for Cancer she served as chairman of both County and City.
Mrs. Apel’s winning smile and friendliness were shown at home and at the “Apel Inn”, a cottage on Guntersville Lake. She hosted the CHS Band Football Team, Childhaven children, Star Club and numerous swim parties. She received the Good Neighbor Award and served as Superintendent of Sunday School service held at Guntersville Yacht Club for 1 year.
Mrs. Apel was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three sisters: Frances Nearen, Marie Goff and Freida Perry. Survivors: 2 Sons, Ronald H. Apel (Cheri) and John F. Apel (Marie); 1 Daughter Cheri Dalgleish, 8 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-great Grandchild. Sisters; Dorothy Duke (Charles) and Saundra Duke (Frank); 1 Brother, Larry Wilhite (Gladys).
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.