Willis W. Apple, P.A., Attorney at Law

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900 Old Winston Road
Kernersville, NC 27284


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Willis W. (“Bill”) Apple founded Willis W. Apple, P.A. in January, 2013 after a lengthy association with John G. Wolfe, III & Associates, PLLC in Kernersville, North Carolina. Prior to joining Wolfe, he had over 20 years of experience in the practice of law in Reidsville, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his B. S. in business administration in 1973, and both his law and M.B.A. degrees in 1980. Prior to attending graduate school, Mr. Apple served as a contracting officer in the U.S. Air Force, and upon separating from active duty in 1976, he remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, retiring in 1999 as a Lt. Col. in the Staff Judge Advocate corps after a total of 26 years of military service.

Mr. Apple was formally trained and certified by the Supreme Court of Georgia as a mediator in general civil matters. He is certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate family financial, civil Superior Court, and Clerk of Superior Court matters, and also is approved by the U.S. Middle District Court to mediate civil matters within its jurisdiction. From 1987-1994, he was an officer and director of First National Bank of Reidsville, and its parent holding company, FNB Financial Services Corporation, and he served a term as President of both entities.

Mr. Apple has served as President and Chairman of numerous charitable and civic organizations, both in Kernersville and Reidsville. He is currently a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville, and is a four-time past President of the local Lions Clubs International in Kernersville and Reidsville, with the most recent term having been in Kernersville. Mr. Apple has served a term on the Advisory Board of Kernersville Foundation, Inc., and has served as liaison between the Family Law Section Council and the Dispute Resolution Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, and as a member of both.

He is a father of two daughters, Mara Apple O’Neil and husband William O'Neil of Reidsville, and the late Lindsay Apple. He and his wife, Susan Rogers Apple, have two children, Will Howell of Guilford College, and Katherine Howell of Charlotte, and three grandchildren, Avery, Ella and Thomas O'Neil, all of Reidsville. Mr. Apple and his wife are members of Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, and often visit New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro with Susan’s parents.

Mr. Apple enjoys playing guitar, sailing, time at the beach, music of all genres, and service in numerous charitable and civic organizations. He also enjoys weekend trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway with his wife Susan in their 2005 BMW Z-4.

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Denise Layne Williams. A native of southwestern Virginia, Denise Layne Williams became a resident of North Carolina in 1992. Since then, North Carolina and Kernersville have been her home. She is married to Michael Williams, and together they are parents of Brittany, Shelby, Tyler, Ashley and Benjamin. By her own definition, Mrs. Williams’ greatest accomplishment is being a mother to these 5 children –two of whom are currently attending college; Tyler, a freshman at Appalachian State University, and Shelby, a sophomore at UNC-G.

Denise is a certified travel agent, having graduated in 1995 from Lucas Travel College. However, due to her love of the judicial system, Denise later attended college to pursue a Paralegal Technologies degree. She brings to the firm, 14 years of experience as a legal assistant with specific work history in real estate development and finance. She serves as Paralegal and Office Manager of the firm. She personally welcomes every client to their Linville Professional Center office and works to build professional relationships with a personal level of care to each client.

As a reflection of her dedication to family and motherhood, most weekends Denise can be found on a baseball field in North or South Carolina supporting her youngest son, Ben, in his travel baseball endeavors. She says, "It's for love of the Boy, who loves the Game!”

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