Jerry Edward Rudd, age 83, passed away Friday September 22. Jerry was born June 3, 1940 and grew up in Maryville. He graduated from Everett High School in 1958 and served active duty in the US Air Force 1959 to 1963. After active duty he entered the 119th Air Control Squadron / TN Air National Guard and served for many years until retirement from the TN Air National Guard as Master Sergeant. He was very active in the 119th and traveled extensively in the US and overseas countries (including Norway, Denmark, Spain, and Honduras) in his years of service.
Jerry was a licensed electrician and worked for many years in the Morristown and Knoxville Area with Enka and with TVA. He was a long-time member of Centenary UMC in Morristown and was active in committees and many roles in the Church. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Sue Rudd and sister Joan Madison. He is survived by his wife Brenda, children Kathy, Katie and Jarrett and their spouses, and beloved grandson Elliott. Jerry and Elliott shared a love of shopping the yard sales on Saturdays. Jerry enjoyed listening to music, especially classics from the 1950s. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his family. He and Brenda traveled widely in the US and enjoyed many trips with family also.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday September 27, 2023 at 11am at Union Grove Cemetery in Friendsville. Family Visitation will be the same day at Smith Funeral in Maryville from 4:30 to 6:30pm. A Memorial Service will begin at 6:30pm. Flowers are welcome. Condolences may be shared through Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com