Joseph Edwin Rudd, Jr. was born Nov. 24, 1944 in Geneva, Ala. to Joseph Edwin Rudd, Sr. and Mildred Louise Goodson Rudd.


Joseph Edwin Rudd, Jr. was born Nov. 24, 1944 in Geneva, Ala. to Joseph Edwin Rudd, Sr. and Mildred Louise Goodson Rudd.



He passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, surrounded by his family.



He was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Troy State University with a major in music education. He married Linda Faye Mathews with whom he had a family of four children.



Joseph was a talented musician and band director. He was a gifted composer and arranger of music for his bands. He devoted his life to educating and caring for the youth of his community. He enjoyed playing his trombone to the tunes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and many others. He was also an amazing self-taught photographer. His favorite subjects were of course, his grandchildren.



Joseph was a loving father and grandfather. He was a kind-hearted, sweet, and unselfish man beyond the norm. He was a man of faith, having served for many years as choir director in churches of his local communities. His devotion to God and church was epitomized in his dedication to serving others. After the First Baptist Church of Carrabelle burned down on Christmas Eve, Joseph dug through the ashes of church rescuing church hymnals one by one.



Joseph is survived by his two daughters Cathy (Scott) Denny of Pace, and Chrissy Ralston of Superior, Colo.; and two sons, Joe Rudd, III and Jason M. (Veronica) Rudd, all of Carrabelle. He is also survived by two sisters Sharon (Mike) Faulk, and Susan (Don) Hamburg, both of Niceville; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.



A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at First Baptist Church of Carrabelle.



In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Joseph’s honor to Covenant Hospice Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence (Pensacola) or Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Neurological Intensive Care Unit.