MEBANE - Frederick Eugene Dudley Sr., 89, of 432 West Carr Street, Mebane, one of the few remaining Greatest Generation, has been lifted into the arms of our Lord and Savior to be reunited with his sweetheart bride and his beloved son. Father "Pawpaw" passed in the arms of his daughter, surrounded by family.
Frederick was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Columbus, Ga., but spent the majority of his life in Mebane, N.C., where he was a graduate of Mebane High School and Burlington Business College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy
, serving as a gunner on the U.S.S. Cabot (CVL-28) during World War II
. He was a member of the U.S.S. Cabot Association, the VFW
, and the Bingham Lodge #272. Frederick was retired from Kingsdown in Mebane, where he formerly served as president of the Kingsdown '04 Club. He was a member of the Mebane United Methodist Church, an usher for many years. He was dedicated to delivering programs and the Sandwich Ministry. He was known for his avid gardening and silent kindness. Frederick was a brilliant, gentle soul with a Mayberry approach to life.
Frederick was the son of the late Mary Langley Dudley. He is preceded in death by his bride of 62 years, Margaret "Peggy" Ann Hooks Dudley, and his son, Frederick Eugene Dudley Jr.
Survivors include his daughter, Susan Dudley Belangia (Clyde) of Mebane and daughter-in-law LucyLiipfertDudley of Fort Valley, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law Frances and Grover Hooks of Winston-Salem. Grandchildren include Joseph "Jody" Belangia (Justine) of Mebane, Frederick MacLean "Mac" Belangia of Mebane, Margaret Dudley of Florida, Patty Dudley Thomson (John) of Georgia, and Rebecca Dudley Carmichael (Todd) of Colorado. Great-grandchildren include Reeves, Colin, Langley Kate, and Maggie.
The funeral service will be conducted at Mebane United Methodist Church on Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Dr. Bryan Faggart. Graveside services with military rites will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Edgewood Place and Hospice of Alamance in Burlington.
On this Veteran's Day and on behalf of the family, we ask that you please thank a Veteran for your freedom this day and every day.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mebane United Methodist Church (Sandwich Ministry and Music Fund), 200 South 4th Street, Mebane, NC 27302; Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215; Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598.
Online condolences may be sent to www.walkersfuneralservice.com
Walker's Funeral Home of Mebane, 304 W. Center Street, Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 563-9211 is assisting the Dudley family.