2017-11-01 / Obituaries

Services held for Willard Rudd

Willard “Daddy Rabbit” Rudd, 87, of Neon, died October 27 at the Johnson City Medical Center.

A son of the late Herman and Jane Rowe Rudd, he was the widower of Gwendolyn Terry Rudd. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dewanna Rudd; a son, Timothy Rudd; a brother in-law, Sid Deskins; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Rudd.

Mr. Rudd was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was deployed on the USS Richard E. Kraus during the Korean War. He later was a machinist for several companies in Ohio, and worked for Bethlehem Coal Co. in Jenkins. He finished his career at Millstone Construction.

Surviving are four children, David Rudd and wife Kaye, Teleford, Tenn., Mike Rudd and wife Angie, Bristol, Va., Sheree Wright and husband Barry, Neon, and Chris Rudd and wife Erin, Johnson City, Tenn., and four siblings, Ruby Deskins and Roger Rudd, both of Johnson City, Tenn., Vonda Cole and husband Chuck, Youngstown, Ohio; and Cleo Elkins and husband Ernie, Jonesboro, Tenn.

Funeral services were held October 30 at the First Church of God in Neon. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine.

Carty Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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