CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all State flags flown at all State-owned facilities in Kanawha County to be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk, Friday, June 28, 2013, the day of the services for John Thomas Appleton, Jr., a Malden Volunteer Fire Department member and chaplain who, while fighting a fire in Sissonville on Monday, collapsed and later died.
"John Appleton was a man of faith and conviction having served to protect and aid his fellow neighbors as both a volunteer firefighter and pastor of a local church," Gov. Tomblin said. "During this difficult time, Joanne and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and fellow firefighters. We ask that the people of Kanawha County join us as we pray for his loved ones."
Appleton was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church in Malden. The 62 year old actively engaged in efforts to improve the community, including the recently established farmers' market in the eastern Kanawha County town.
Appleton is survived by his wife, Cathy A. Brewer Appleton; his daughter, Spring (Mike); his son, Michael Appleton; his son, Lucas Appleton (Melissa); his son, Eric Appleton; his son, Brandon Appleton; five grandchildren; siblings Jean, Carol, and Michael; and extended family and friends.
Amy Shuler Goodwin