BLACKSHEAR — Mr. Arthur Allen Sapp, Jr., 81 of Blackshear, died Monday, September 21, 2020, at his home following a short illness, surrounded by his wife and their six children. Sapp was born August 3, 1939, in Brantley County to Arthur A. Sapp, Sr. and Azalee Shuman Sapp. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Clara Jo Sapp; three brothers, Robert Sapp of Blackshear, Earl Sapp of Valdosta and Carl Sapp of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister and brothers-in-law, Irma and Rothell Groover, Eugene Crawford, John White, all of Blackshear, Thurmond Groover of Ellabell, Terry Best of Pooler and Burt Peacock of Mershon. Sapp graduated from Blackshear High School in 1959. He joined St. John’s Methodist Church in 1973 and worked faithfully for over 45 years serving as chairman of the Board and Trustees, treasurer, president of Men’s Group, and taught Sunday school for over 40 years. Sapp was chairman of the Building Committee in 1974 when the sanctuary was enlarged. He would be the first one at church, turning on heat and air and making coffee. Sapp loved the Lord and God’s Word unquestionably. After retiring, Sapp went through the entire Bible using various translations and commentaries and hand-wrote his own notes, (they were typed by his wife), and used these to teach Sunday school and Bible studies. The last book he was reading the last couple of months was “Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven.” A hard-working man, Sapp retired in 2001 with 41 years of experience from CSX Railroad (previously Atlantic Coastline and Seaboard Coastline). He was a farmer and could grow the best garden, and he thoroughly enjoyed his woodwork hobby shop. A gentle giant, Sapp was a quiet man, and dearly loved his family. He made bookcases and cabinets for several churches and lots of furniture for his children and grandchildren. He was a Mason, a member of Frank C. Folks #192 in Waycross. Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Linda Howell Sapp of Blackshear; three daughters, Marie (Timmy) Smith of Bristol, Janet (Jimmy) Lynn and Diane (John) Griffis all of Blackshear; three sons, Arthur Allen (Jessi) Sapp, III, Michael (Dawn) Sapp, and Tony (Anita) Sapp all of Blackshear; 16 grandchildren, Bryan (Tatum) Gill, Zach Gill, Marah Cason, Jared (Kaitlyn) Lynn, Justus Lynn, Jay (Katie) Lynn, Shanna (Jerry) Murray all of Blackshear; Hank (CarolAnn) Griffis of Patterson; Caleb Griffis, Faith Griffis, Annie (Clinton) Banks, Nichole Sapp, Allen Sapp, IV, Maggie Sapp, John Michael Sapp, and Thomas Sapp all of Blackshear; 13 greatgrandchildren, Violet, Izzie, Hazel Mae, Chloe, Zoe, Jad, Kage, Adalynn, Caleigh, River, Grant, Hadley, and Harper. Other survivors are two brothers, Eddie Sapp and Ray (Lorie) Sapp all of Blackshear; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eloise Sapp and Ruthie Sapp all of Blackshear; Carole Groover of Ellabell, Leola and Donald Crawford of Pooler, Margie and Wayne Hutchinson of Blackshear, Charlene Best of Pooler, Verdia White of Blackshear, Sandra Peacock of Mershon, Harvey (Dorothea) Howell of Warrensburg, Mo., Danny (Judy) Howell, and Tommy Howell of Blackshear; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service for Sapp was held Thursday afternoon, September 24, 2020, from St. John’s Methodist Church. Officiating were Rev. Randy Crosby, Rev. Joe Thigpen, and Rev. Matt Tuttle. Diane Griffis, daughter of Sapp, gave a family memorial. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Pallbearers will be all 10 of Allen’s grandsons, Bryan Gill, Zach Gill, Jay Lynn, Jared Lynn, Justus Lynn, Hank Griffis, Caleb Griffis, Allen Sapp, IV, John Michael Sapp, and Thomas Sapp. Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.