Arthur Leon Applegate

July 9, 1933May 23, 2018

Dr. A. Leon Applegate, 84, of Ocean Isle Beach died on Wednesday May 23, 2018 at Novant Hospital.

He was born on July 9, 1933 in East McKeesport, PA to the late, Ivan and Dorothy Applegate. The family moved to Sycamore, IL and then to Winston-Salem, NC where he graduated from high school. He served three years in the US Army where he attended Russian Language School and was stationed in Germany. He received his BS Degree from Wake Forest University, his Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina and his PHD in Embryology from Emory University. He taught at Newberry College, LSU, Western Kentucky University and for 25 years at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC.

Dr. Applegate was involved with the Waterway Art Association of Brunswick County for many years.

His survivors include his wife of 60 years, Caroline Overcash Applegate, son Dr. Michael Applegate and wife, Tammy of Ocean Isle Beach, daughter Martha Applegate and husband Donald Delaney of Marion, NC; also surviving are grandchildren, Dan Applegate, Kevin Applegate, Elizabeth Applegate, Matthew Applegate and Duncan Delaney.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM, May 29, 2018 at St. Luke Lutheran Church ELCA by The Reverend Henry B. Rehder, Pastor officiating.

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In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to: St. Luke Lutheran Church ELCA, 5869 Ocean Highway West Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.

A service of White Funeral and Cremation Service Shallotte Chapel 910-754-3333.


  • A celebration of his life Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Arthur Leon Applegate

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Dixon Williams

May 28, 2018

Caroline, Mike and Martha I share your loss. I am so glad we got by to see Leon last year. I owe him so much for helping to give me the confidence I needed to succeed in life. Remember the good times and forget the bad and all will be good.

Danine Arnold

May 24, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Applegate's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We are glad that Dr. Applegate got to have the last year to spend more time with his father. Your friends at your former Asheboro office, Amy, Danine, Linda, and Patti.