John Robert Appleton Sr.

March 29, 1926July 13, 2012

John Robert Appleton, Sr., age 86, died on Friday, July 13, 2012, at his home in Minor Hill, TN. He was born in Giles County, TN on March 29, 1926, owner of Appleton’s Tavern and farmer, served in the US Army during World War II, his parents were the late Thomas Columbus and Bessie Shelton Appleton, a former member of Pulaski Blue Lodge 101 and York & Scottish Rite, he was preceded in death by wife, Mary Bryce Brown Appleton, son, Roger Ed Appleton, brothers, Ralph and David Appleton, sisters, Margaret and Katherine Bailey, Mary Anna Appleton and Jeanine Pumphrey. Graveside services will be held on Sunday, 7-22-2012, at 3:00PM at the Giles Memory Garden in Pulaski, TN with Brother Mike Kelley officiating of Savannah, TN. Survivors are: son, John Appleton, Jr. and wife Stacia of Athens, AL, sister in law, Betty Jo Appleton of Waynesboro, TN, sisters, Wildean Kelly of Rogersville, AL, Rebecca Sandusky of Lakeland, FL, Ruth Tannehill of Nashville, TN, grandchildren, Erica and Jonathan , special granddaughter and caregiver, Michelle Daugherty and Roy of Minor Hill, TN, several great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Temple, Dyslexia Program, 314 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801 in memory of John Robert Appleton, Sr. Carr & Erwin Funeral Home


  • Graveside Service Sunday, July 22, 2012

John Robert Appleton Sr.

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Mary Jo O'Nishea

July 29, 2012

May God Bless You and your family in this time of sorrow.. I am so sorry for your loss.... When I first came to Alabama in 1989 Jonh Robert gave me a job at his tavern in Minor Hill.. He treated me like part of his family and I will never forget that.. R.I.P. John Robert Appleton Sr. you will never beforgotten, you will always be in my heart forever.. Mary Jo O'Nishea

sherry fralix thornton

July 19, 2012

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998


July 19, 2012

My condolences to the loss of your love one. Death is something that was not meant for humankind, because God created humans with a yearning to live forever (Eccl. 3:11). However, our loving Heavenly Father gives us a wonderful hope that 'death will be brought to nothing' and that we will see our love ones again (1 Corinthians 15:26; Mark 5:39-42).

July 18, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.