James R. Apperson

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Coffeyville -

James Robert Apperson, 66, of Coffeyville and formerly of the Edna, KS area, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010 at his home.

He was born August 16, 1943 in Coffeyville to Boyd and Faye (Ross) Apperson.  He grew up in rural Welch, OK, graduated from Labette County High School in Altamont, received his Associate Degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M in Miami, OK, and a Bachelor Degree from Oklahoma State University.

In 1962 he married Betty Spurgeon at Edna, KS.  Following their marriage they made their home in the Edna area where Mr. Apperson farmed and worked at Farmland Refinery.  In 1988 he moved to Coffeyville.  Mr. Apperson retired from Farmland as Top Operator in the Coker Unit in February 2004.  His wife preceded him in death in 2006.

James attended the First Baptist Church in Edna until moving to Coffeyville.  He was a member of the Edna Masonic Lodge, Mirza Temple in Pittsburg, V.F.W. Post #1022 Men’s Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post #20, and Eagles Aerie #2459.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing in a pool league.  James loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Charlie Apperson of Scott City, KS; one daughter, Debbie Krouse and husband Brad of Joplin, MO; three grandchildren, Dani Apperson and Tanner Apperson both of Scott City, KS, and  Briley Krouse of Joplin, MO; and significant other, Lexie McCoy of Coffeyville.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Andy Apperson; one brother, Ross Apperson; and one sister, Barbara Mays.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in the Edna First Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Evans officiating.  Burial will follow in the Lake Creek Cemetery west of Bartlett, KS.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital or the Faye Apperson Exhibition Building at the Craig County Fair Grounds in Vinita, OK; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

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Paula (Mitchell) Martek June 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

Debbie, Charlie and all Apperson family members,

So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I lived in Edna and went to school (LCCHS) with Jim. Just remember, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you, at this difficult time. Keep your faith and all the good memories….

God Bless,
Paula (Mitchell) Martek

Lexie McCoy June 23, 2010 at 7:56 am

Debbie and Charlie -

Today your dad will be laid to rest. The last few months were very hard on Jim, not being able to get out and go as much as he wanted. He hated having to stay in out of the cold and heat. But he loved you and his grandchildren very much, and he spent his last hours doing what he enjoyed. We will all miss him very much – his strong presence, his guidance, his caring.

He was one of a kind.


Rowena Hine Thompson June 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

So sorry to hear of the lose of your dad Debbie, Charlie, and families. Was classmates and remmeber those year.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim, Jeff, Tanner and Trey Owen June 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

We are so sorry for your loss! We wish we could be there! But please know that you are all in our prayers!

Kim, Jeff, Tanner and Trey

Sue Maxson June 21, 2010 at 11:26 am


So very sorry to hear about your Dad, I had talked to him at Walmart
about ten days ago.. He was telling me how he was trying to take better care of himself. I saw him shortly after my father passed away and he gave me the biggest hug..have always liked your father.
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sue Maxson

Jeannie and Tom Jones June 21, 2010 at 8:44 am

Debbie, Charlie, and families
We are saddened beyond words at this difficult time.
May your faith, and fond memories help heal the pain you are feeling now.
We have great memories of the years of sporting events we all attended together. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayer.
God’s blessings and our love.
Jeannie and Tom Jones

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