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Rudolph Frank Moore aka "Rudy Ray Moore"

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.



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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2008.
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February 11, 2009
TO RUSTY SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR DADDY
BRENDA MILLER
November 25, 2008
To all of the family, friends and fans of Rudy Ray Moore, aka: "Dolemite,"
We the family we would like to let everyone know how thankful we are for all of your condolences for my father. I appreciate all of your kind words, flowers, cards and any contributions you may have taken part in. I have been deeply touched and overwhelmed by all of the love tokens.
Sincerely,
Rusty aka: Princess Dolemite
Yvette (Rusty) Wesson
November 7, 2008
Great Comedian, My condolences to his family,
Michael Thomas & Family
October 27, 2008
Dolemite, "brother I've heard some good things about you". Mr. Rudy Ray Moore, your comedy and foresight are legendary, they have spanned 2-3 generations and will continue to influenece many more. Dolemite, we will continue to hear good things about you. I am a fan of your movies, you had a flair and great style.
Thanks for the inspiration, and the memories.
Toni Blackburn
October 27, 2008
Yep, grew up with him being the MAN. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Steve
Steven Jeffries
October 25, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alishia
October 24, 2008
His memories will live on in his family.
God Bless You All.
Angela Beckley-Wilburn
October 23, 2008
There is a special place in Heaven for Rudy Ray Moore...Rudy is ok now...it is the rest of us that are left to deal with the empty spot he has left behind...Yesterday I was worried that perhaps he didn't know how great he was...but I soon corrected myself as 'he wasn't conceited, he was simply convinced'...Mr. Dolemite thank you for everything...thank you for helping me get through the day my mother died...thank you for being a true original and a true inspiration...above all thank you for making me smile when it was the last thing I wanted to do...if that isn't a gift from God I don't know what is...so long my friend...say hi to Lady Reed, Leroy & Skillet, Page & my Mom for me...I ain't lyin..
Patrick Malboeuf
October 23, 2008
Sorry to here of your lose Yvette. May God be with you. Betty green, Edna McCoy Copeland, Dorothy Provo and families
Betty Green
October 23, 2008
YVETTTE and family I send my
condolences, I had the pleasure
of meeting and seeing his show
when Mr.Moore (Dolemite) was
at the Top Flite Club in Tallahassee
Fl. a few years ago . Again my condolences.
Gregory Beasley
October 23, 2008
To Vette and The Moore Family. I am so sorry to hear about your lost. Take care and may God bless you and keep you .
Lillie Reed Crosby
October 23, 2008
rudy ray moore....... what more can you say about him the best at what he did he will be missed. love you man...... david w myles of akron
david myles
October 23, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. He was "The Human Tornado"!
Liz Linear
October 23, 2008
To the Family,fans and friends my deepest respect and sympathy.I heard "Dolemite" through the kitchen vent at the Baby Grand lounge in Canton way back when I was to young to get in,but I've been a fan ever since.
He was one of a kind and a pioneer to many others. right on Rudy. May God Bless you.
Dino Mose Kennard
October 23, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I would like to add that had all of Rudy's movies and was a big fan of his and I thought he was truly funny. He will be greatly missed!
ERIKA BRUNSON
October 23, 2008
To The Moore Family,
A legend from Akron, Ohio will be missed. I grew up hearing about the signifying monkey! God be with you and your family during this time.
Evelyn Neal Miller
October 23, 2008
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family of "DOLEMITE" I was just listening to his work online a week ago and then this. God don't make no mistakes, and he wanted to make heaven a lot funnier by bringing this brother home! GOD BLESS!
Tony Brookman
October 23, 2008
Just wanted to send my regards to the family & friends of my man Rudy Ray Moore. He was a one-of-a-kind type of dude and I'll always remember the memorable moments filled with laughter. Thanks for blazing the trails for others to come behind you. "Dolemite," remember, try not to turn Heaven out just yet! We all still tryin to get there, too.

R.I.P. brother...R.I.P.
Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, Jr.
October 23, 2008
May God Bless the Moore Family the world just got less funnier, with deepest sympathy
Demetrius and Rachel Doster
Anchorage Alaska
Demetrius Doster
October 22, 2008
For me, 2008 is the year 17 A.D., After Dolemite. May 20, 1991, I saw Dolemite for the first time, and it changed my life. Many times since then, when faced with a crisis situation, I would ask myself, "What Would Dolemite Do?" Over the years, many friends have thanked me for introducing them to the comedy of Rudy Ray Moore and the Dolemite Phenomenon. I will always proudly display the 6-Volume Dolemite Collector's Set in my video library. Thank you, Mr. Moore, for the countless hours of entertainment that you provided. My condolences go out to your family. May you rest in peace. When it comes to rappin', "you were through with it before they knew what to do with it."
Evan Karnoupakis
October 23, 2008
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home
October 22, 2008
To the Moore family, I sincerly would like to send my condolenses. My husband and his family and freinds addmired you, and for them your passing has brought back loving memories of past of a time that has long gone, but will never be forgotten, as for myself, I named a nephew after you. You're wit was something they looked forward to. My prayers go out to you and you're family and what God has brought together may no man put us under.
Sincerly Keith Alonzo and Patricia Laverne Person
Patricia L /Keith Person
October 22, 2008
SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS..YVETTTE..YOU KNOW I'M HERE FOR YOU..GIVE MY A CALL ...OR E-MAIL ME..BE ENCOURAGED
JENELLE
October 22, 2008
To the family of Mr. Moore aka Dolemite among many other nom de plumes: He truly was a visionary who in my estimation never got the credit he deserved. I first saw Dolemite in college a little over 20 years ago and it let an indelible impression on me and ever since then I test the mettle of my friends by showing that film and to me that separates the ones that are special. May God Bless him and to his family I wish you all the best.
Victor Hull
October 22, 2008
My deepest condolences to the family.
I saw Rudy Ray Moore during a taping of Chic-a-go-go, a dance show for children of all ages, in Chicago a few years back. Some people present were curious if Dolemite could rein in his adult humor in front of the small children present. He was the nicest, sweetest grandfatherly man to all of the kids. He gave one little girl a handshake and told her to remember this day, that one day she would be telling her children how she met Dolemite. He will be missed.
Rachel Ginn
October 22, 2008
My condolences to the Family Friends and Fans of "Dolemite" all over the world. I am 1 of your biggest Fans.
Ancy Jones Jr.
October 22, 2008
My heart felt condolecences go out to the family in there time of need GOD BLESS the family
Lindsey Carter
October 22, 2008
To the Family of Rudy Ray Moore u have my deepest condolences. RIP "Dolemite" Much Love.
Tracy Jones
October 22, 2008
Maat Hotep and Peace be unto you all,
Mr. Dolemite offered us all a further look into things that some witnessed everyday and added humor to lessen the blow of the reality that we learned to live with. So I thank him for that. I thank him for the "Chitlin' Circuit" which gave us the current entertainmment mediums that we enjoy. I thank you. You blessed me personally by participating in "The Mack Awards" and just being a cool, humble yet in charge Brotha. You are now a GREAT Ancestor to be honored and loved for the bricks that you have layed for us all. Peace and much Love to the corners,
Mestophia M. Frame
MESTOPHIA FRAME
October 22, 2008
Maat Hotep and Peace be unto you all,
Mr. Dolemite offered us all a further look into things that some witnessed everyday and added humor to lessen the blow of the reality that we learned to live with. So I thank him for that. I thank him for the "Chitlin' Circuit" which gave us the current entertainmment mediums that we enjoy. I thank you. You blessed me personally by participating in "The Mack Awards" and just being a cool, humble yet in charge Brotha. You are now a GREAT Ancestor to be honored and loved for the bricks that you have layed for us all. Peace and much Love to the STREET corners of the hood,
Mestophia M. Frame
MESTOPHIA FRAME
October 22, 2008
ruddy i know where your at keep them laughing you were truly in a class by your self
eural johnson ll
October 22, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
GWENDOLYN BANKS
October 22, 2008
Sadly you were called home but you will be remembered and missed by many.
Robert Segedy
October 22, 2008
“Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3
Rochelle Henderson
October 22, 2008
I never knew Mr. Moore but have always loved his movies. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man who will, to me, always be known as "Dolemite."
Ronald Koltnow
October 22, 2008
I came to Los Angeles in 1979 to try to make a name for myself in show business. Rudy Ray Moore was the first person to give me that opportunity. I will remember his smile and his words of encouragement. My condolences to the family friends and fans of "Mr. Dolemite" all over the world.
Russell Williams, II
October 22, 2008
To the family of dolemite u have my deepest condolences. xox
raenette butterfield
October 21, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
ENNIS and Thelma JONES
October 21, 2008
The world is truly coming to an end. This was a person a I really hate to see go.
William Hawthorne IV
October 21, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.
October 21, 2008
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
MUSTAFA RAJAIE
October 21, 2008
PRESENTLY RESIDING IN SAN ANTONIO, TX, BUT IS FROM YOUNGSTOWN AND CLEVELAND. DOLOMITE WAS THE MAN. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY.
Richard Wilkerson
October 21, 2008
MY PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY (RUDY) YOU WILL BE MISS
SHEILA LOFTIN
October 21, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Andrew Ward
October 21, 2008
Fall of 74 introduced me to a bold fellow by the name of "Dolemite"--First hearing about the movie, then discovering that he did his thang by being a "purple humor" commedian!!
About a year later, A friend had "Return of Dolemite" and upon 1st listen, I found him to be bold, funny and with one hellova imgination
4 "He stuck his finger in the ground and turned the whole world Around"!!
My first conversation with him was in 1976 at the Clayman Club in Gary In and he was so down to earth and given me free advice for at the Time I wanted to be an actor, and later on, I was inspired partly by him and earlier by The Wvon Good Guys on Rhyming and that type of thing!!
I say this to say that the opportunity presented itself 4 me to do some shows with "Dolemite" in 02 and needless to say, I was forever "geeked" because of the exposure, letters he wrote me in addition to all the advice he has given me throught the years!!
To the family of Rudolph Moore, Please consider me as one of his biggest fans and in Doing Radio, there was some reference him in ending the show with something like
"we got more strong songs to play so says the nephew of Rudy Ray"!!!
I enjoyed working with him being that he was an inspiration to me as we continue to "keep on keeping on" till my day has Arrived!!!!!!!
"Unk" thanks 4 the encouragement and Im sure when u run into Wild man Steve, Jeannie Marie, Howard Jackson, "Willie Green" D"urville Martin and ur former right hand man, Theadore Toney, Im sure they will all be happy to see u "On the Other side"
And, Again, "Thanks 4 the Memories" and in your words, "Mr. Dolemite" "Im gonna sit around and get my kicks" thinking about the swinging times that we had!!!!!!!!!!!!
I close with your words, Rudy
"Yours Forever"
A "Dolemite dj for life"
Jimmy Conner
October 21, 2008
Homell CalhounJr
October 21, 2008
Rest in peace, Rudy Ray. The world will likely never see another like you. My condolences to friends & loved ones.
Jeff Passifiume
October 21, 2008
To the family - We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Moore aka "Dolomite" a few years ago in Las Vegas and he was ever so humble and kind. Let memories be your strength in this present hour and the days to come.
Mike and Jackie Jackson
October 21, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
EDDIE / GAYLE BROWN
October 21, 2008
TO THE MOORE FAMILY,IM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DOLOMITE,HE WAS INDEED A VERY FUNNY MAN .I REMEMBER WHEN EVER I WAS SAD I WOULD PLAY ONE OF HIS 8TRACK TAPES AND WOULD START LAUGHING ,HIS JOKES JUST ALWAYS HELPED ME OUT FROM BEING SAD,HE WAS INDEED SENT FROM HEAVEN TO MAKE US LAUGH,THE DEVIL WANTS YOU TO CRY,BUT GOD WANTS YOU TO LAUGH.THANKS SO MUCH RUDY FOR THE LAUGHS,AND MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP HIS HAND ON THE MOORE FAMILY.AMEN
MINISTER JAMES WIMBERLY
October 21, 2008
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Robert Ford
October 21, 2008
Way down in the jungle deep....Dolomite will be missed. My prayers go to the family.GOD BLESS
Parrish Warren
October 21, 2008
Rudy Ray was da man! And will continue to be as his legacy lives on in his movies and recordings. My deepest sympathies to his family from a big fan.
J.R. Bookwalter
October 21, 2008
I remember Dolemite when I was a kid. Some of the stuff he use to say was very funny. Rest in Peace. May you keep them laughing in Heaven.
Emma Campbell
October 21, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Toni Prince
October 21, 2008
My prayers and condolences to the family.
Pat Norment
October 20, 2008
This is truly a sad day. Rudy Ray Moore was a cult legend and he will be missed. R.I.P. Dolemite, the true 70's icon.
James Edwards
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