JAMES LEE APPLETON

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

James Lee Appleton, 59, of Gateway, Ark., passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

He was born Nov. 14, 1957, in Merriam, Kan., the son of Jack and Gwen (Gunnels) Appleton.

Survivors include: one son, Bryan Appleton and his wife Tori of Rogers, Ark.; and two daughters; his mother, Gwen Hilburn of Seligman; fiancée, Delores Wilkerson of the home; one brother, Claude Appleton and his wife Melissa of Seligman; three sisters, Jackie Burns and her husband Howard of Exeter, Cheryl Tillman and her husband Andrew and Sharon Barnett and her husband Lonnie, all of Gateway, Ark.; and one granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were his father, Jack Appleton and grandparents, J.M. and Cleo Gunnels.

He graduated from Southwest High School in 1975. For 27 years, he was employed as a supervisor at Emerson Electric and then was a carpenter for Jim Herndon for 12 years. The last few years he worked for the City of Gateway and Gateway Rural Water Authority. He was a member of Seligman First Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Friday in Gateway City Park, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Gary Griffin conducted the services. Burial was at New Salem Cemetery at Seligman.

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