Josephine Sapp Knapp
by Kim Swindell Wood | April 7, 2018 12:45 pm
Josephine Sapp Knapp was born Nov. 7, 1927, to Homer Floyd Sapp and Minnie Mitchell Sapp.
As a teenager she attended White County High School. After her graduation, she went on to Tennessee Technological University, where she studied to become a teacher while also teaching at Ravenscroft School.
In 1947, she married Harold Eugene Knapp, who was a student at the University of West Virginia. She met him after he came to Sparta for the wedding of Lena and Chester Dodson. Harold and Josephine moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, where, in 1949, their son, Harold Eugene “Knapp Jr. (Gene) was born.
After Harold’s graduation, in 1951, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where their daughter Karen Marie Knapp was born. Shortly thereafter, (in 1952) they moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where they lived happily for the rest of their lives together.
Josephine was very active in the school PTA, served as a homeroom mother and Cub Scout den mother, and worked diligently to make a loving home for her family. She was a talented and expert seamstress. She was member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama. She loved the Lord and set an example to her children with regular church attendance and her self-sacrificing ways.
She died peacefully, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center, in Birmingham, after a six-month illness with congestive heart failure.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Knapp; sisters, Helen Aneva Sapp, Betty Sapp Bohannon; and her brothers Casto Cummings Sapp and Floyd Mitchell Sapp.
Josephine is survived by her children, Harold Eugene “Gene” Knapp Jr. (Vicky), Karen Marie Knapp Mobley; two grandchildren, Lauren Mobley Ebelhar (Jared), of Huntsville, Alabama, Caroline Mobley Wilbanks (Lee), of Oxford, Mississippi; five great-grandchildren, Dominic, Gregory, Felicity, and Clara Jane Ebelhar, and Callie Wilbanks; and two sisters, Evelyn Sapp Demps and Norma Jean Sapp Goff.
Josephine will be greatly missed by her friends. She will be buried next to her beloved husband of 56 years in the Frasier’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Sparta.