August 3, 1940 - May 25, 2020
Sapp – Eldon Rudolph “Rudy” Sapp, age 79, of Starke, Florida passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Rudy was born in Starke, Florida on August 3, 1940 to the late Eldon Sapp and Elizabeth Helen Norman Sapp. Rudy was a lifelong resident of Bradford County and a longtime member of Kingsley Lake Baptist Church. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1958 and shortly after graduating Rudy started working at Towers Hardware in Jacksonville, FL. Rudy enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960 and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He was awarded a purple heart along with many other distinguished medals for his dedicated service. He was an Aircraft Mechanic and a Staff Sergeant (E6) for 8 years active duty. Rudy loved his country and continued to serve on reserve duty with the Florida Air National Guard for 13 years. He met the love of his life, Lois Catherine “Cathy” Padgett, and they were happily married on March 9, 1961. Rudy and Cathy loved raising their children and being blessed with 59 happy years together. He enjoyed his career as a Mechanic with DuPont for 25 years, but also enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life. Rudy loved fishing, camping, traveling, flower and vegetable gardening, woodworking, smoking meat, grilling and cooking, but more than anything, Rudy loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Rudy is survived by his loving wife 59 years, Cathy Sapp; son, David Morgan Sapp of Melrose, FL; daughter, Rhonda (Chris) Douglas of Starke, FL; brother, Joe (Carolyn) Sapp of Starke, FL; 4 grandchildren, Joshua (Jennifer) Sapp, Elizabeth (Matt) Hatcher, Zachary Varnes, and Hannah (Jarred) Jones; and 3 great-grandchildren, Emma Ratliff, Levi Sapp, and Evelyn Sapp. A Celebration of Rudy’s Life will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:30 am at Kingsley Lake Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Rodriguez officiating with military honors. Interment will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. Arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke, Fl. 904-964-5757.
Sapp – Eldon Rudolph “Rudy” Sapp, age 79, of Starke, Florida passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Rudy was born in Starke, Florida on August 3, 1940 to the late Eldon Sapp and... View Obituary & Service Information
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