Robert Warren Appleton

January 28, 1944 - March 26, 2021
Robert Warren Appleton

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Robert “Bob” Warren Appleton passed away on March 26, 2021 at the age of 77 in Wilmington, NC at the Lower Cape Fear Life Care.

He was born on January 28, 1944 in Nashville, TN to the late Jere Thornton Appleton and Emily Taylor Appleton. Bob was predeceased by his brother Jerry T. Appleton.

Bob attended Vanderbilt University for two years and graduated from Belmont University in 1966 with a degree in Business Administration. He then went on to receive an MBA from the University of Memphis. Bob began his teaching career in the fall of 1967 at Wilmington College in the Business Department which later became the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He continued to teach in the Department of Accountancy and Business Law in the Cameron School of Business until his retirement as an Associate Professor in 2014. Bob was a true Seahawk fan and attended most of the basketball games and tournaments. One of Bob’s greatest gifts was his sense of humor and the joy of laughter he gave everyone around him! Bob had a great love for music. He played the banjo, guitar, trumpet and sang. Bob sang with the Cape Fear Chordsmen Barbershop group from 1988-2017. Bob was the lead singer in several barbershop quartets the last one being Station One.

Bob is survived by his wife Shearon Appleton; son Robin Appleton and wife Sasha of Belmont, NC and their children Emily, Amara and Josh; his step-daughter Jill Prescott and husband Damian of Wilmington, NC and their children Avery and Vance; his sisters Barbara Paulson of Washington, DC and Susan Howell of Baton Rouge, LA. Bob was a loving husband, father and “Pop” to his grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Lower Cape Fear Life Care for the excellent care they provided.

Memorial donations in honor of Bob’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at or the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare at

Due to Covid restrictions, we will have a celebration of life at a later date. Please make sure to have your favorite story ready to share so we can all celebrate Bob together!

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  • March 30, 2021
    Nikki Speck Howard says:
    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.

  • March 30, 2021
    Kim Surber Troup says:
    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.

  • March 30, 2021
    Connie Wallace says:
    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.

  • March 30, 2021
    Susan Hermanson says:
    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.

  • March 30, 2021
    Rick Roscher says:
    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