Owen Finnel Dudley, Sr., 84, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 of natural causes.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. The Reverend Doctor Allen Cherry will be presiding.
Owen was born on February 10, 1927. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1944-1946. Owen retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years of service and was an entrepreneur in several businesses. Blessed with a calling to mentor to young boys and young men, Owen’s involvement with them included teaching Sunday school, leading Explorer Scouts and Royal Ambassadors, and coaching and supporting youth sports. He was generous to the less fortunate, a founding member of Scotfield Country Club, and served on the Halifax County Planning Board. Owen was deeply devoted to his grandchildren and great-grandchild. He was always eager to be with them, to support them in their school and life activities, to teach them to fish, build, create, and care about others. His love for them grew every day.
Owen is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Womack Dudley; three sons, Owen F. Dudley, Jr. and wife Sue of Naples, FL, John E. Dudley and wife Janet of Scotland Neck, and George H. Dudley and wife Kathy of Wake Forest; four grandchildren, Michele D. Ward of Morehead City, Brooks Dudley of Charlotte, Howard Dudley of Richmond, VA, and David “Rob” Dudley of Scotland Neck; and one great-granddaughter, Mary-Stuart Ward of Morehead City.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the home of John and Janet Dudley, 3173 Bakers School Road, Scotland Neck, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Continuum Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 2004, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or to the benefit of youth programs at the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 539, Scotland Neck, NC 27874.
Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.