Richard William Apgar Sr., 76, died in his Mooresville, N.C., home on November 22, 2021, to be with the Lord. Rich was born in Fairfax County, Va., on February 10, 1945, the son of Herbert and Aileen Apgar. He grew up in Clifton, Va.

He met and married Betty Timmons, his wife of 40 years, while a college student in Milledgeville, GA. He began a 25-year career with Eastern Airlines in Northern Virginia, followed by 15 years in the real estate market.

Rich was very involved in his community throughout his life, serving in various roles at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Fairview United Methodist. He enjoyed volunteering as a soccer coach in Iredell County, and his early efforts helped to get soccer established in the county. He loved hunting and fishing and helping others in the neighborhood. He was truly a good Samaritan to anyone in need. He could fix anything and was always happy to help others!

Rich was predeceased by his parents and his first wife.

He is survived by his current wife of 11 years, Brenda Napier Apgar. He is also survived by his children, Richard William Apgar Jr. (Sarah) of Jefferson, N.C., daughter Cathy Cocolas (Anthony) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Dr. Mark Stephen Apgar (Sylvia) of Denver, N.C., and stepchildren, Tony Napier and Abbey Napier of Mooresville. His grandchildren include Abigail Grace Apgar, Alexis Catherine Cocolas, Samuel Anthony Cocolas, Marcus Russell Apgar, Annabelle Elizabeth Apgar, Georgia Joan Apgar, Jack Timmons Apgar, and Ford Thomas Apgar.

Rich was a huge animal lover, and his pets brought him tremendous joy. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 or Lake Norman Humane Society 2106 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville, NC 28117.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Apgar family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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