December 9, 1914 ~ February 21, 2011

Born in: Concord, NC,
Resided in: Biltmore Forest, NC

L.J. (Jeff) Sapp, 96, of Biltmore Forest, NC, died at home on February 21, 2011. Born on Sapp Road in Concord, NC, he moved to Asheville in 1947 and established Towne House Bakery, a landmark on Biltmore Avenue for over 30 years, famous for its doughnuts and fried pies. Jeff was elected president of the Bakers Association of the Carolinas and the American Retail Bakers Association. He served on the Board of Directors for Aston Park Healthcare Center and was president of Toast Masters, Optimist Club, and Western North Carolina Sales Executive Club. In World War II, he served his country in the Civil Air Patrol in Manteo; after the war he helped start Krispy Kreme. He loved golf and was a fixture on the Biltmore Forest Country Club golf course into his mid-90s. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, L. J. Sapp is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Lottie Mae Brewer Sapp; son, David Brewer Sapp, his wife Janice, and daughters Lara and Catherine, whose mother was the late Marelene Ormond Sapp; son, Dr. Stephen Sapp, his wife Mary, and sons Eric and David; and daughter, Swa Nancy Lorena Sapp, her husband Matt Berry, and sons Keller and Sanders; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate L.J. Sapp's life will be held on Friday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Avenue. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park #1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. My condolences to Lottie and the rest of the Sapp family. Jeff was a very kind, selfless, and genuine person and I was glad to have known him. Although I was sad to hear of his passing, it is comforting to know that he no longer has to suffer. The entire Sapp family has my heartfelt sympathy.

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  2. Lottie,We are so sad to learn about Jeff. He was a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. I treasure all the years we worked together in the Optimist club. We send our loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Cecil & Kathy Tallent

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  3. To our Sapp family,
    We wanted to take the time to send our love and support to all of you. We all heard stories about Pop Sapp in Dr. Sapp’s class. From the stories, we knew that he was a great and caring man who always took the time to help others.Dr. Sapp, thank you for letting us get to know Pop through you and your compassionate heart.

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  4. Mrs Sapp and family I am so sorry to hear about Jeff he was truley a good man ,I remember TowneHouse bakery oh to well with the great birthday cakes and pies my brother and I was sad to see the bakery go we think of all of you each time we pass by there.We love all of you .

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  5. Lottie, David, and Steven, my heart felt sorrow goes out to you with the loss of your husband and dad.
    So many memories I have of not only Town House Bakery. (Going with you David after school and your dad letting us in the back and getting to eat hot pies just off the line.) Mom saying after church on Sunday’s ‘Jim would you go down to the Town House and get us a pie or cake.’
    The fun we had over the years and you Lottie seeing me at different times comming in and out of Lee Edwards High School and you always had words of encouragement. May Gods hand reach down and give all confort and great memories over the next years.

    Love, Jim Queen

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