James Michael Rudd, 40, died January 3 in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
A son of Margaret Rudd of Whitesburg and the late Donald Lynn Rudd, and James and Shelia Maggard of Elk Creek, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Loraine Rudd and Bill and Helen Maggard, and an uncle, Randy Rudd.
Mr. Rudd loved being outdoors, climbing mountains, horses and dogs, and coon hunting. He would travel miles to different states to pick up his next coon dog.
He worked many years in coalmines, then got a CDL License and started driving an 18-wheeler cross-country, often taking his mother along for the ride with him.
He was baptized on February 29, 1992 at Thornton Freewill Baptist Church.
Surviving are his mother, Margaret Rudd, and her companion, Lawrence Goodgame of Whitesburg; James and Shelia Maggard of Elk Creek; a daughter, Mashaya Dawn Rudd of Deane; his fiancée, Jamee Kontos; two half-brothers, Josh Maggard and Devin Maggard, both of Elk Creek; a half-sister, Jessica Maggard of Elk Creek; his grandmother, Effie Maxie of Thornton; his grandfather, Carl D. Maxie of Eli Jay, Ga.; six aunts, Sharon Maxie and husband Kyle of Thornton, Diane Pratt and husband Dukie of Thornton, Karen Jolly and husband Eric of Cummings, Ga., Jewell Holland of Isom, and Carla Maxie of Cummings, Ga., Debbie Adams and husband Terry; eight uncles, Donnie Maxie of Sandlick, Robert Maxie and wife Renia of Sandlick, Walter Holland and wife Kathy of Indiana, Devin Maxie and wife Melissa of Georgia, Marcus Maxie of Georgia, Mike Rudd of Lexington and David Maggard and Royce Maggard, both of Whitesburg; and friends, Josh Tackett and Tommy Rose.
Funeral services were held January 8 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was follow in the Thornton Cemetery.