Robert David Appleyard, 87 years of age, of Clemmons, N.C., joined his predeceased family and friends on Sunday morning, November 5, 2023.
Bob was born on August 18, 1936 in High Point (only because his parents were out for afternoon drive when he decided to arrive). He lived in Winston-Salem and attended Wiley Grammar School before moving with his family to Arkansas, Texas, and Indiana before returning to Winston-Salem to finish his high school years at R.J. Reynolds. He went on to attend the Citadel for two years and completed his education at Guilford College.
Bob began his career by selling life insurance but learned very quickly that selling was not his forte! He worked for RJR for 29 years, wearing many “hats” in the company. He began his career as a young supervisor trainee in the #19 Plant, moving on to Foods to run the taste panel, and later as regulation administrator. Choosing not to transfer to California when it moved, he returned to Tobacco to complete his career in PC support.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, George T. and Edith Giles Appleyard; and an older brother, George. He is survived by his sister, Carol Schmucker (Bob) of Hawkinsville, GA; nephews, Thomas Watkins (Dawn) of Marietta, GA, and Greg Watkins (Tammie) of Chico, CA; and two children from a previous marriage.
Bob is also survived by his wife of 43 years, Jayne Keith Appleyard. They began their Hallmark marriage in 1980 and enjoyed 43 years of travel, quilting, “playing” in a massive workshop, home construction projects, and making crafts. They also enjoyed gathering with dear friends or simply being home, together.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Home Moravian Church. Friends are invited to the Appleyard home for visiting and refreshments following the service.
Thoughts and prayers are the very best gift our friends can give. Should you wish to remember Bob with memorials, donations to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103; Home Moravian Church, 529 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; or to a charitable organization of your choice, will be very much appreciated.