10.19.19 obituaries

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William Lawrence  “Billy” Sapp

Screven--William Lawrence “Billy” Sapp, 85, of Screven died Oct. 14, 2019 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of South Georgia Inc.

A lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born Oct. 15, 1933, to the late Willie Frances and Lottie Tyre Sapp. He spent his early years enjoying camping, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to the mountains.

He retired in 1985 from Rayonier after more than 30 years of employment. 

He was a chapter farmer and enjoyed growing vegetables and cane for yearly cane-grinding events in the county. He continued to grow and work his garden, passing down all his knowledge of the land to his sons until his health failed him. His favorite time spent with his sons was alongside them in his garden, picking up “taters” or picking peas.

He was well-known for his ability to fix just about anything. He enjoyed helping others to fix anything from refrigerators to washers and dryers to roofs. He always found time to check on the elderly and widows, ensuring any unkempt maintenance was done and food from his garden was offered.

He was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather and was a faithful, devoted friend to all, his family said. He attended Ritch Baptist Church as able.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Sapp; and a sister, Virginia Sapp Ogden.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Norma Jean Sapp of Screven;  a daughter, Suzanne (Hank) Corbitt of Screven; three sons, Clifton Sapp of Screven, Kenny (Lynn) Sapp of Screven and Robbie (Marsha) Carter of Hazlehurst; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Sapp Deal of Aiken, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services took place Oct. 16 at Ritch Baptist Church with Pastor I.B. Boyette and Sylvia Hollis officiating.  Friends of the family sung. Active pallbearers were Jordan Herrin, Trevor Brewton, Franklin Denison, Wayne Carter and Jim Cornelius. Burial followed in Ritch Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made be sent to Ritch Baptist Church, 737 Ritch Church Road, Screven, GA 31560.

Sympathy may be expressed by singing online at www.hartfh.com.

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.



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