Rudolph Frank Moore, aka "Rudy Ray Moore", better known as "Dolemite," was born in Forksmith, Arkansas on March 17, 1927 to the union of Lucille Smith Moore and the late Nathaniel Moore, Sr. He passed away October 19, 2008 at 6:17 p.m. in Rittman, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Army at the age of 15 and was honorably discharged. His service was entertainment in Germany. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he started his career, first in dancing, then singing, comedian, and he then became the first black author, actor, director, and producer of movies from his home. He was a pioneer of the ``Chitlin Circuit", which opened the doors for many black actors, comedians and rappers. He was know as the original King of Comedy and the original godfather of Rap.
He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Norman Moore and Lloyd Ray Moore; and special friend, Barbara Wesson. He leaves to cherish his memory, mother, Lucille Moore of Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Yvette ``Rusty" Wesson, better known as ``Princess Dolemite", of Akron, Ohio; brothers, Gerold Melissa) Moore, Sr., Rev. Nathaniel (Diane) Moore, Jr., both of Spokane, Wash.; sisters, Della (Rev. Todd) of Spokane, Wash., Geroldine (Hector) Anderson of East Orange, N.J.; grandson, Rickie (Tenisha) Campbell of Pleasanton, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; very special friends, Jimmy Lee Lynch and family, of Alabama, Jim Tucci, Zenon Pictures, T. P. Lucas, Tim of M&M Soul Food, play son, Kenny and wife, Willie ``Peanut" Brewer, Fletcher (Johnnie) Witherspoon; the Wesson, Higgins, Cash, Sommerville, and Long families; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Pastor Melford Elliott officiating. Procession will form at 5261 Americana Dr., #409, and condolences may be sent to 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane, Wash., Deacon Gerold Moore officiating.