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Junior Apperson

July 6, 1927 March 18, 2019
Junior Apperson
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Obituary for Junior Apperson

Beaufort-Luther “Junior” Vernon Apperson, 91, of Beaufort and La Grange, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019. Junior was born July 6, 1927 in Winston-Salem to the late Luther Long Apperson and Susie Moorefield Apperson. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army.

Junior was the very definition of an entrepreneur. His fiery passion for finding and taking the best deal propelled him into business. Luther’s eyes were always open to the next move in his work, whether it be a land, business, or car purchase. He was a keen businessman and enjoyed the game as much as the win.

With a great love of cars and a prowess for business, Junior sold his first car at only 14 years of age. From that point forward he pursued the business of buying, selling, and trading automobiles. He moved to La Grange in 1966 to continue blazing trails and fulfill his dream of having his own car dealership. He purchased a local dealership and transformed it into Apperson Ford, the go-to dealership in town. In 1985, Junior sold his well established business and went on to seek out the next venture in his life. His legacy continues today in La Grange through Apperson Motors.

Junior’s enthusiasm for automobiles extended onto the racetrack. Following a stint working with the legendary Bill France from 1948-1949, Junior began his own racing career with NASCAR. His racing career began at the “outlaw” tracks in High Point, Draper, and Mt. Airy. He was well known on his hometown track at Winston-Salem’s Bowman Gray Stadium, as well as Roanoke, Virginia’s Victory Stadium. Junior fielded his red No. 99 for racing greats, Bobby and Billy Myers and Curtis Turner.

Time spent away from the track was just as important to Junior. He loved the outdoors, finding peace and pleasure in boating and flying his plane. Junior received his pilot’s license at 20 years of age and owned his own plane for many years. However, some of his favorite memories were made as he and his wife traveled the country together in their motor home.

Always relying on his faith to guide him, Junior was a member of La Grange First Missionary Baptist Church. As the head of his home, he was always good to his family. He worked hard to provide the best for them. Though his life was full of adventures, his greatest was that of being a husband and father.

Junior is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Cumbie Apperson; two sons, Zack and Austin (Beth); a grandson, Luke; and his brother-in-law, Michael Cumbie.

Online condolences may be expressed at A service to celebrate Junior’s life will be held privately for the family. Memorials may be sent to Beaufort Historical Association, 130 Turner St., Beaufort, NC 28516. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home.

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Beaufort Historical Association

130 Turner Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

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