In memory of
Gene Howell Sapp
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In memory of
Gene Howell Sapp
Gene Howell Sapp, our beloved mother, died September 16, 2019 at the age of 93. She was born in Troy, Alabama on September 20, 1925 to Elinor Murphree and Gordon Howell. Her mother named her after her grandfather. Her family moved to Panama City in 1932, where they bought a home overlooking St. Andrews Bay. Gene started 2nd grade at St. Andrews Elementary School and spent her childhood playing with friends along the shores and in the waters of the bay. She helped her parents manage Howell's Cottages, which her mother built at the end of Michigan Avenue. She greeted summer guests, fetched ice and water for them and often took them out for a ride in her rowboat. Gene attended Bay High School during the years of World War II and, along with her friends, attended carefully chaperoned U.S.O. dances at Tyndall Air Force Base. She had inherited from her father a beautiful singing voice and at the age of 10 began to drive herself to piano and voice lessons. She sang in the school and church choirs and attended First Methodist Church. Gene began her college career as a voice major at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, but after a car accident and long recovery, restarted her college years at Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee, Florida. While there, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and she graduated in 1947 with a degree in Social Work. Gene moved back to Panama City after college and it was in Sunday school class at First Methodist Church that she met Howard Sapp, the man she would spend the next 52 years with. Gene and Howard married in 1948 and had a wonderful life together, finding in each other a mirror of their own adventurous spirit. Together, they explored all 50 states and Canada. Eventually, through travels with Howard and with friends, Gene traveled to well over 100 countries and all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica.) Gene and Howard started their family together in 1949 with the birth of their eldest daughter, Elinor Sapp. Over the next decade four more children were born, Helen Stolfa (Tom), Bill Sapp, Louise Crawford, and Genie Elliott (Jim). By the grace of God, all of her children survived, and the family expanded with grandchildren and great grandchildren. At present, there are 34 people on this earth because of Gene Sapp (an only child.) When this was pointed out to Mom, she commented that she just had not understood the consequences of having 5 children. Gene and Howard joined St. Andrew's Episcopal Church early in their marriage and through the years the church has been a constant source of love and support for our family. Gene was active in community organizations. She was a member of Colonial Dames, Woman's Club of Panama City, Junior Service League, St. Andrews Yacht Club and Panama City Country Club. She was a supporter of the Panama City Music Association and Kaleidoscope Theater. Gene died in the home she and Howard bought overlooking the bay, next door to her childhood home, where they reared their children and grew old together. She is on her way to the next great adventure. We give thanks to God for her life and for gifting her to us as our mother. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10 am in the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Margaret Shepard and the Rev. Stephen H. Crawford officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6-8 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music Scholarship Fund, 1608 Baker Court, Panama City, FL 32401. Wilson Funeral Home Family Owned Since 1911 214 Airport Road Panama City, Fla. 850-785-5272
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In memory of
Gene Howell Sapp
Gene Howell Sapp, our beloved mother, died September 16, 2019 at the age of 93. She was born in Troy, Alabama on September 20, 1925 to Elinor Murphree and Gordon Howell. Her mother named her after her grandfather. Her family moved to Panama City in 1932, where they bought a home overlooking St. Andrews Bay. Gene started 2nd grade at St. Andrews Elementary School and spent her childhood playing with friends along the shores and in the waters of the bay. She helped her parents manage Howell's Cottages, which her mother built at the end of Michigan Avenue. She greeted summer guests, fetched ice and water for them and often took them out for a ride in her rowboat. Gene attended Bay High School during the years of World War II and, along with her friends, attended carefully chaperoned U.S.O. dances at Tyndall Air Force Base. She had inherited from her father a beautiful singing voice and at the age of 10 began to drive herself to piano and voice lessons. She sang in the school and church choirs and attended First Methodist Church. Gene began her college career as a voice major at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, but after a car accident and long recovery, restarted her college years at Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee, Florida. While there, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and she graduated in 1947 with a degree in Social Work. Gene moved back to Panama City after college and it was in Sunday school class at First Methodist Church that she met Howard Sapp, the man she would spend the next 52 years with. Gene and Howard married in 1948 and had a wonderful life together, finding in each other a mirror of their own adventurous spirit. Together, they explored all 50 states and Canada. Eventually, through travels with Howard and with friends, Gene traveled to well over 100 countries and all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica.) Gene and Howard started their family together in 1949 with the birth of their eldest daughter, Elinor Sapp. Over the next decade four more children were born, Helen Stolfa (Tom), Bill Sapp, Louise Crawford, and Genie Elliott (Jim). By the grace of God, all of her children survived, and the family expanded with grandchildren and great grandchildren. At present, there are 34 people on this earth because of Gene Sapp (an only child.) When this was pointed out to Mom, she commented that she just had not understood the consequences of having 5 children. Gene and Howard joined St. Andrew's Episcopal Church early in their marriage and through the years the church has been a constant source of love and support for our family. Gene was active in community organizations. She was a member of Colonial Dames, Woman's Club of Panama City, Junior Service League, St. Andrews Yacht Club and Panama City Country Club. She was a supporter of the Panama City Music Association and Kaleidoscope Theater. Gene died in the home she and Howard bought overlooking the bay, next door to her childhood home, where they reared their children and grew old together. She is on her way to the next great adventure. We give thanks to God for her life and for gifting her to us as our mother. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10 am in the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Margaret Shepard and the Rev. Stephen H. Crawford officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6-8 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music Scholarship Fund, 1608 Baker Court, Panama City, FL 32401. Wilson Funeral Home Family Owned Since 1911 214 Airport Road Panama City, Fla. 850-785-5272
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