William Edwin Apperson Jr.

william apperson

November 5, 1934 ~ March 20, 2022

Born in: Tulsa, OK
Resided in: Arlington, TX

William Edwin Apperson, Jr., 87, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

William E Apperson, “Bill” was born on November 5, 1934 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bill graduated from Muskogee Central High School, class of 1952. In 1957, he graduated from Oklahoma State University and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served in the United States Army from 1957 – 1959. In 1962, he began his entrepreneurial career, that span over 50 years. His passion was in building, operating and selling car washes. Bill married Sherry Ellen Nelson on August 19, 1966.

The family moved to Arlington in 1970 and he became a member of the Fielder Road Baptist Church. Bill deeply loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was fondly known as “PaPa Bill” to his grandchildren and great-grandchild. He loved his business and employees. He also loved and cherished, the many family pets. He loved cars, boats, traveling and photography. A life long Dallas Cowboys fan, that held season tickets. He was a Shriner, a Mason and involved in the Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Edwin Apperson, Sr., mother, Donna Wheeler Crowe; sister, Carol Ellis, and son, Benjamin Scott Apperson.

Survivors: Wife of 55 years, Sherry Apperson; daughter, Kari Wilson and husband, Wayne; grandchildren, Ashlee Penland and husband, Brian and Taylor Wilson; and great-grandchild, Beau Penland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Bill’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of North Central Texas.


Memorial Service: April 9, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. Sherry,
    I am so saddened by your loss. Bill and you have always had a wonderful place in my heart. I remember Bill as the guy who always made it clear exactly how he felt… and just in case did it twice. Funny thing that you always said to me and it showed with the little ones… Bill was just a cuddly teddy bear at heart. I remember that!
    May you find peace and comfort in all the days he and you shared and the love you gave to others along the way.

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