George Harrison Dudley, Sr., 83, of Bedford, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born in Rockbridge Co. on July 20, 1930 a son of the late George Henry Dudley and Nora Bell Sloan Dudley Smith. Harrison attended the Bedford Church of God and owner/operator of Dudley Lumber and Logging for 39 years. For those that knew Harrison knew him to be a friendly, honorable and proud man. A loving and providing Husband, Father, Paw Paw and trusted friend. A man with a passion for his work of logging and sawmilling and just being in the great outdoors. The talent of building three beautiful homes and furniture for his family. He had a tenderness and love for animals throughout his life. He was a man like no other, a man that left his legacy behind for others to see, a love that can never be taken from us, because he will always remain in our hearts and memories. He was our sunshine and we will gaze upon those sparkling blue eyes once again. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his step-father, Parker Preston Smith, infant grandson, Matthew Dwayne Sims, two sisters, Beulah D. Cox and Helen S. Smith; brother, Ira W. Smith, a step-brother, Ernest P. Smith and step-sister, Eunice S. Bishop. Those left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 61 years, Margaret Allen Dudley, a son, George Harrison Dudley, Jr. (Dale); six daughters and their husbands, Kathy (Wayne) Whitworth; Wanda (Donald) Goodman; Joy (Ernie) Sims; Pam (Gary) Sims; Kimberly (Julian) Lindsay; Angela (Hal) LaFreniere; fifteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Smith; a sister, Patsy Smith Arrington; step-brother, Hubert Smith; and many nephews and nieces; his best friend, Claude Patterson; A special thank you to his devoted care takers Linda Smith, David Blankenship, his special niece Amber Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24019. A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Bedford Church of God with Rev. K.B. Arnold and Rev. David M. Hinsen officiating. Burial followed in Virginia Memorial Park. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2014