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James Applegate

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[July 23, 2009]  ATLANTA -- James Ransdell Applegate, 60, of Atlanta, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at the Mayo Clinic, St. Marys Hospital, in Rochester, Minn.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Atlanta United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Rob Roy officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta and at the church on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the service time.

Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery with military rites.

He served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a lieutenant commander after 20 years in the Seabees. He then worked for the state of California as a facilities planner for the Santa Anna School District. He was last employed by the state of Illinois on the Capital Development Board.

He was born Dec. 12, 1948, in Bloomington to Robert Kelley and Helen Virginia Ransdell Applegate. He married Sharon Prather on July 4, 1989.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Kelly Mathison (and Jessica) Applegate of Grants Pass, Ore., and Kristopher James Applegate of Pflugerville, Texas; one daughter, Michele Dyan (and Christopher) Williams of Woodbridge, Va.; and one sister, Mary (and Eric) Hill of Atlanta.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church, Atlanta American Legion Post 341, Railsplitter Antique Car Club and the Society of American Military Engineers.

He was currently serving on the board of the Atlanta Public Library.

He was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Atlanta High School, earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a master's in city planning from Texas A&M.

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