Jack Williams Apple, Sr. peacefully died and joined our Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 29th. Jack grew up in a poor but proud and loving family. In the small town of Lonoke, AR, he was born to Laura and Fred Apple on June 22nd, 1924. He was the fifth of seven children and often was referred to as the ""apple of his mother's eye."" He witnessed the death of his three year old brother and at that point in life, may have begun his journey of compassion and benevolence. He never wearied from helping someone in need, in fact, found great satisfaction helping anyone he could his entire life, without remorse or hesitation.|
As a young boy, he was athletic, excelling in tennis. As an adult, he loved playing golf and participating in tournaments especially pro-am tournaments in Houston and abroad.
He was a handsome, debonair and enthusiastically charming man. He arrived in Houston after serving in the Army during World War II and attended U of H in pursuit of a business degree. While completing his studies, he was a runner at South Main Bank owned by Lew Matteson. His remarkable American success story begins here…
Most likely due to his intelligence, drive and ambition combined with his charm, charisma and smile, he pursued to meet and soon after wed the owner's daughter, Lillian Jeannette Matteson (Jeanne). He was married and totally devoted to Jeanne for 52 years. They travelled the world and enjoyed many pleasures of life.
He became a remarkably successful businessman, philanthropist and participant in Houston society. He and Jeanne were members of River Oaks Country Club and St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He was a lifetime board member of the Good Samaritan Foundation and a board member of DePelchin Children's Center and South Main Bank. He was on the Vestry at St. Martin's and a lifelong member of the Breakfast Club of Houston.
He was a dedicated and committed husband and father to his five children and seven grandchildren. The many, many fun times, adventures, laughs and tears are cherished and fondly remembered.
Jack co-owned Plaza Lincoln Mercury on Kirby. He then purchased Greenspoint Dodge and soon after was bought out by his son, Jack, Jr. He remained a consultant in the car business.
He refused to look at anyone as a stranger and took immense pleasure in remembering the details of another's life. He was an accomplished listener. His business and social success flowed from his charismatic style of listening and caring about what another had to say. The passion to connect with others radiated from his soul.
Jack loved life. At the age of 65 years, with no other adult, Jack took his five grandsons and a great nephew (ages 12 ½ years to 5 years) on a 6-week Winnebago adventure through three countries and 17 western states. With a pit thrown on the back of the RV, off they went without a care in the world or an itinerary to follow. They all ""winged it.""
After Jeanne passed away in 2000, a second love of his life arrived, Phyllis Bartling. They shared a caring, warm and committed relationship. In his last year of life, his kids were his joy, his grandchildren were his pride, his great grandchildren kept him smiling and his companion, Phyllis, stayed by his side.
His favorite and adoring caregivers for over a year are greatly appreciated. They include: Brittany, Erin, Katrina and Tanya. He loved you. Thank you.
VITAS Hospice was particularly active and caring the last few days of Dad's life. Sheryl Lynn, the VITAS Hospice nurse who knew him best, is to be commended for her attentiveness and compassion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, daughter, Julie Apple Biela and all of his siblings. He is survived by his children, Phyllis Apple Sample of Roundrock, Jack Apple, Jr. and wife Susan, Cathy Apple Murphy and Scott Apple and wife Teresa, all of Houston; his grandchildren, Christine McKelvey of Portland, OR, Courtney Wright and husband David of Roundrock, Trey Leech of Cedar Falls, IA; Billy Murphy and wife Margaret of Houston, Jack Murphy and wife Emily of Dallas, Travis Murphy and wife Lesleigh of Houston and David Murphy and wife Kathryn of Houston and their father, Bill Murphy; and great grandchildren, Taylor, Rebecca, Will, Jackson, Molly, Jonah, Charlie, Griffin, Kamp and Lily.
A memorial service is scheduled at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014, with a reception following at the Bagby Parish Hall. Rev. Martin J. Bastian will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Martin's Endowment, to the Matteson Memorial Fountain at St. Martin's or to the
Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, 2014