December 26, 1935 – May 30, 2016
Mr. Jesse and Melissa Parsons gave birth to Katie Parsons in Thomasville, Georgia. She grew up loving music and reading and graduated from Thomasville High in Georgia in 1953. Ms. Katie loved fishing with “My Daddy”, as she called her father. Grandmamma and Granddaddy enjoyed saying that Katie loved eating fish.
Ms. Katie played the piano in the Kingdom Hall in Thomasville. Grandmamma was her piano teacher. She went to conventions in South Carolina and played piano in Pennsylvania. Her biggest thrill was playing in Brooklyn, New York, and her picture is in the headquarters. She also enjoyed riding her bicycle. Every Saturday she rode her bike to get the Watchtower and Awake magazines from the other side of town. One of the Thomasville brothers (elder) came to Colorado Springs and his family knew Ms. Katie, and her mom and dad, from the Thomasville congregation.
Ms. Katie and Carson Sapp, Jr. married in 1954. Carson Sapp left the farm and joined the army and Ms. Katie joined him at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. When Carson went to Korea Ms. Katie took care of the family. She told me, “Wherever Sapp goes, I go.” Her attitude was positive. She liked to, “Get work and stay there.” She started work at Union Printers Home and later better employment came with Ampex. She retired after 20 years. Her friend Betty would still talk about the job. She told me, “Be on time.”
Among those who will miss Ms. Katie the most are her surviving family members including her five boys: Michael D. Sapp, Karl D. Sapp, George C. Sapp, Norman E. Sapp (deceased), and Darryl B. Sapp; three daughters: Pamela l. Ingram, Daphne R. Sapp (deceased), Melissa K. Sapp; and many countless grandchildren: Leray, Michael Jr., Kylan, Matthew, Malcolm, Kei-ja’nay, Deshawna, Karl Jr., Alexis, Desmond, Jessica, George Jr., David, Kyla, Kyle, and Cecelia. Ms. Katie is also beloved and survived by many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Ms. Katie was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, having devoted much of her early life to the full-time evangelizing work of preaching and teaching “the good news of God’s Kingdom”. Her hope was to live forever in paradise in Jehovah God’s Kingdom arrangement under Christ Jesus. She spent many hours in public preaching, conducting Bible studies, and building a fine reputation; and reading the Bible daily and living a true Christian life.
Memorial services 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 819 East Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs. Private Inurnment at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.