Thomas Appell

Thomas Rodney "Tommy" Appell

Wednesday, October 19th, 1955 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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Born October 19, 1955 in Fort Worth, Tommy Rodney Appell’s home and heart were always in Waco. Tommy shared his heart with Debbie King Appell, his wife of 35 years. Together, they enjoyed hunting and fishing with all of their friends, many of whom knew Tommy from Crestview Elementary and Richfield High School where he graduated in 1974.

Tommy loved his wife, his country, and all the best parts of Texas in that order. Tommy died Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Besides his wife, Tommy is survived by his father, James Melbourne Appell; sister, Ruth Bolt; niece, Julie Simon and husband Hal; aunt, Julie LeBlanc; brother-in-law, Gary King and wife, Karen; nephews, Dusty, Gary Allan, and Garrison King and his wife Kadey; sister-in-law, Carolyn Caton and husband John, and their children, Mark, Michael, and Tracy; and cousins, Julia Duffy, Susan Appell, and Carol Kehl and husband David; and his fur baby, Louie.

The family gives great and special thanks to Don Britain and for the loyal support from our many friends and family. We also appreciated the chemo nurses at McClinton Cancer Center and the nurses from the Fourth Floor of Baylor Scott & White Hospital of Waco.

Tommy will be remembered by many for his humor and intelligence. May he rest in peace.
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    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 3:00pm
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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Carol Kehl

Posted at 10:20am
I was eleven years old when Tommy was born and even older when his sister Ruth came along. I remember the early years of my cousins as being much loved and cherished by their parents Barbara and Melbourne. All of the cousins shared very special times with one of the world's greatest grandmothers, Regina Marie Appell. Tommy was one of the recipients of her unconditional love.

Carol Appell Kehl

Russel, Louann, Kate & Caroline

Posted at 02:27am
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Tim and Susan Cummings

Posted at 07:04pm
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Liz Stephens

Posted at 02:16pm
Debbie, my prayers are with you. Tommy was always a joy to be around and had such a great sense of humor. I remember spending a full day at the range with him and my dad while he taught me proper form and of course, proper safety. He was so very patient and made the day enjoyable through his storytelling and jokes. He will be greatly missed.

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Posted at 01:01pm
With sympathy and remembering the friendship. Vince Tobola
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