Bert Peacock Appleberry, 94, died peacefully September 15, 2011, in Nacogdoches, Texas, following an extended illness. He was born October 10, 1916, in Florence, Arkansas, to Bertha Peacock and Thomas Franklin Appleberry. He is survived by his wife, Mary "Molly" Hilton Appleberry; a daughter, Lynn Appleberry Terrill of Irving, Texas; granddaughters, Lynette Othelia Terrill and husband, Mark Whiting, of Toronto, Canada, and Teri Allyn Terrill of Lewisville, Texas; a son, Lee Bert Appleberry and daughter-in-law, Tanya Tullos, of Houston; grandsons John Taylor Appleberry and wife, Tara McGuigan Appleberry, of Missouri City, Texas, and Robert Andrew Appleberry of Houston, Texas; nephew, Minter Appleberry; and niece, Glenda Austin of McGhee, Arkansas; sister-in-law Evelyn Story Appleberry; and nieces, Carolyn Ivey and LaReta Taylor of Dubach, La.; as well as numerous great- and great-great- nieces and nephews. Bert left the family farm in Arkansas to serve during World War II
in the Army Air Force. His service included an assignment as mess sergeant for an Army Air Force training base in Victorville, Calif. He met Molly while stationed there, and they were married April 2, 1944. After completing his military service with an honorable discharge, he returned to Arkansas, where he farmed and sold farm implements. In 1951, the family moved to Clute, Texas, where Bert began a seventeen-year career with Dow Chemical as an operator at their Freeport, Texas. plant. He and Molly's father built houses in the evenings and on weekends, including the house where they lived until 1968. He and Molly purchased land in East Texas in the late 1950s, began building a cow/calf operation and eventually moved in 1970 to Appleby where Bert continued their cow/calf business and began doing custom hay baling. Bert was an active member and lay leader of First Methodist Church of Clute as well as a volunteer with the Clute Volunteer Fire Department and the Boy Scouts of America. His commitment to volunteer firefighting continued when they moved to Appleby where he co-founded the Appleby Volunteer Fire Department, which he served in various capacities for many years. He also served on the board of the Appleby Water Board, including several terms as president, during a time when it expanded the area served by the water system. In addition, he was active in supporting youth agriculture programs as a steer buyer and in other capacities. He and Molly were active members of First United Methodist Church -- Nacogdoches and the Open Door Sunday school class for many years. He was an active member of the Nacogdoches Noon Lions for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the Appleby Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 630982, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75963 or the Bert and Mary Appleberry Scholarship c/o the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association, P.O. Box 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 72962-6096. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2011, at First United Methodist Church -- Nacogdoches following a private, family graveside interment at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas. Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.