Gerry Connally Rudd (2/10/1937 - 7/6/2017)

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Services for Gerry Connally Rudd, 80, of Wright City, will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Reverends David Rudd, Bruce Rudd and Rick Adee officiating.

Burial will follow at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Rudd passed from this life on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler with his children by his side. He was anticipating his homegoing and meeting his Lord Jesus face to face.

He was born February 10, 1937, in Tyler to the late Thomas Jefferson Rudd and Isla Christine Rayford-Rudd. Gerry was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patsy Rudd and Faye Rudd; and brothers, Richard Rudd and Gene Rudd.

Gerry was a member of Mount Sylvan Baptist Church in Lindale. He graduated from Tyler High School and attended Texas Tech University. Gerry was a long-time architect in Tyler, designing buildings all across East Texas. His ministry and calling in life was to assist church congregations, whether large or small, in constructing facilities that would meet their outreach needs for many years. He was architect on several projects for Goodwill Industries of East Texas and also served on its board of directors. He served his internship under his mentor, Carl Gregory, architect, of Tyler, during his college career. Prior to his opening his own practice (Gerry Rudd & Associates, Architects), he served for many years as a project designer for Wisenbaker & Fix, working on civil engineering projects across East Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Gerry was proud to have served in the Texas National Guard. He was mobilized to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Sergeant.

Gerry loved to tell stories of his army days. He would quickly talk construction with family and business acquaintances. He was also passionate about his Wright City Farm, Shadow Oaks.

He was a fighter, battling the cancer that he was diagnosed with 16 years ago. He was a strong advocate of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Texas Oncology in Tyler. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at both of these fine institutions and especially Doctor James Yao of M.D. Anderson and Doctors Frank Ward and Jingdong Su of Texas Oncology. He loved his family, friends and his Kubota tractors. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lynn Rudd; daughter, Andrea Adee (Rick), of Wright City; and sons, David Rudd (Adethia), of Tyler, Greg Rudd (Marita), of Winona, and Bruce Rudd (Tressa), of Lindale; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Chris Adee, Jonathon Adee, Ryan Rudd, Westley Rudd, Butch McMichael, and Sergio Munoz.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Lyles and Kevin New.

Visitation is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

If desired, memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030; The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701; or Mount Sylvan Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1630, Lindale, TX 75771.

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Tyler, TX 75703
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 9, 2017