James T. "Jim" Dudley
James T. (Jim) Dudley

Mesa - James "Jim" Dudley, 78, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away at home surrounded by family on July 3rd from natural causes.

Jim was born to the late Lela and James Dudley, the third of six children, in Warrensburg, Missouri on October 22, 1942. Immersed in the Christian community from a young age, Jim was ordained to the gospel ministry in June 1973. He graduated from Southwest Baptist College in June 1978 and earned his Master's in Theology from Covington Theological Seminary in August 2002.

The joy of Jim's life was always family. On August 11, 1961 he married Lavina Whiteman with whom he raised two sons, Mark and Scott. Scott married Theresa Gonzagowski on July 2, 1983 and they had one daughter, Charissa, and two sons, Brandon and Andrew. In addition, Scott and Theresa were blessed with three more additions to the family: Brittany and Brianna Alexander and Christopher Freed. Christopher married Vilma Jaku on May 25, 2017.

On February 2, 2014 Jim's granddaughter, Charissa, married Garrett Smith. Jim doted on children, and he was overjoyed when they added four great-grandchildren to the family: Charlotte, Asher, Nora, and Evalynn.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Kenneth Hutsell and Blackie Dudley. He is survived by his two sisters and brother: Nancy Sevins, Dr. Kitty Brant, and Bruce Thompson.

Jim served as pastor at the following churches: Harmony Baptist Church, Leeton, MO (1972-74); Deepwater Baptist Church, Deepwater, MO (1975-77); Forest Grove Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill, MO (1978-87); and College View Baptist Church, Mesa, AZ (1987-2013).

We will celebrate Jim's life at College View Baptist Church on Saturday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org/donate) or College View Baptist Church.

Published by The Arizona Republic from Jul. 6 to Jul. 8, 2021.
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Brother Jim lead Ron to Christ, we were blessed to have him married Kelly and I, and our sincere condolences to his family. We love you all.
Ron and Kelly Carleton
July 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Jim was the pastor that married us almost 43 years ago. We know he will be greatly missed. Prayers to Lavina and the rest of the family.
Marvin & Karen Stark Coleman
July 9, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I used to live across the street from Jim and Lavina on Medina and they were always smiling, warm and quick with a greeting.
Jim Mack
July 7, 2021
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