Rufus Dudley

Rufus Dudley

Thursday, August 6th, 1936 - Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Rufus Dudley, 82, of Cleveland, OH, formerly of Wellsburg, WV passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at his residence.

Rufus was born on August 6, 1936 in Wellsburg, WV. He was the son of the late Reed and Cannie (Caffee) Dudley.

Rufus was a graduate of Wellsburg High School where he was a star football player. He also played football for Lincoln High School in Wheeling, WV before integration. After graduation he worked for Magee motors and Hager’s Auto in Wellsburg. Upon being drafted, Rufus served his country as a paratrooper in the US Army. He was a painter for White Motors, owned S & D Body Shop and purchased properties to rehab and rent out. He was a hard working man who not only “smelled the flowers” but he planted them every year in his parents’ flower garden. Rufus was an avid vegetable gardener and an enthusiastic Cleveland Browns’ fan.

In addition to his parents, Rufus was preceded in death by two sisters, Dr. Carolyn Ann Darling and Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Dudley.

He was a great brother who leaves to mourn his passing four siblings, Starlon (Dolores) Dudley of Cleveland, OH, Margree Campbell, Ruth Clay and Daniel (Pamela) Dudley, all of Wellsburg, WV. He was a much loved and favorite Uncle to seven nieces and nephews, four great nieces and one great nephew, Tarita, Torrone, Timothy Clay of California, Kelly Dudley, Cleveland, OH, Freddie Darling of Texas, Amanda Dudley of Wellsburg, Daniel "DD” Dudley (Shevonne), Sherman Oaks, CA, Kennedy, Courtney and Michael Corrin of California and Saoirse Dudley of Sherman Oaks, CA and a host of friends and relatives.

Private Graveside Service will be held at Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Beech Bottom, WV with Military Honors by the United States Army and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

Arrangements are under the honor and direction of Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg, WV (304)737-3551.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Rufus’ memory to Henderson Chapel AME Church, 344 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

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    Kadesh Chapel Cemetery
    Apple Pie Ridge Road
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
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    Private Family with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad
  • Interment

    Kadesh Chapel Cemetery
    Apple Pie Ridge Road
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
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  • American
  • Army
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Parachutist Badge U.S.


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Della Serevicz

Posted at 08:13am
Such a kind man and Dear Friend of the Stein Family, Always enjoyed watching him do the gardening at his Sisters house in Wellsburg! Will be greatly missed and never forgotten

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard

Posted at 06:45am
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Rufus Dudley, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Rufus Dudley, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

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