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William Ray Rudd

October 26, 1933November 1, 2020
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Billy Ray Rudd, age 87, died on Sunday, November 1, 2020, in Marshall Medical Center, Lewisburg, TN.

He was born in Giles County, TN, on October 26, 1933, he was a member of Bradshaw Baptist Church and previous chairman of Bradshaw Cemetery Fund, graduated from Beech Hill High School in 1951, served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 in Zama, Japan as a Sergeant, married Ernestine Prosser in 1956, in 1956 he worked at Florence Stove in Lewisburg, TN, in 1957 he moved to Lawrenceburg and went to work at Murray Ohio and retired in 1988 from Murray Ohio as assistant vice president over industrial engineering at Murray Ohio, he was Chairman of American Cancer Crusade in 1964, 1964-1965, fourth elected Exalted Ruler of Lawrenceburg Elks Club, a member of the Elks and Kiwanis Clubs, Served on the board of directors and president in 1965 of Murray Ohio Savings Association , received the National Award for serving on selective service system for 20 years, Citizen of the week in Pulaski, TN in February, 2006, preceded in death by his parents, Herman Tillman and Mable Gertrude Holley Rudd, and his wife, Ernestine Rudd.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00PM at Maplewood Cemetery, Visitation at the Cemetery will begin at 1:30 PM prior to the Graveside Service.

Memorials may be made to Bradshaw Cemetery Fund, C/O Don Creecy, 890 Powell Chapel Road, Pulaski, TN, 38478

Survivors are: son, Ray Rudd and wife Terry of Old Hickory, daughter, Kathy Tipper and husband Mickey of Lawrenceburg, TN, grandchildren, Lucas Rudd, Sydney Rudd, Chad Tipper and wife Jenna, Brad Tipper, great grandchildren, Scarlett Hartsfield and Sully Tipper.

Carr & Erwin Funeral Home Pulaski, Tennessee 931-363-1533

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Jerry Hughes

November 7, 2020

Bill was a great man

Lindsey Jones

November 7, 2020

Billy Ray was my great uncle, and he lived up to his title! He truly was a GREAT uncle to me! He was always warm and welcoming. Billy Ray always had a summer glow, and the most contagious smile! He could win most tanning competitions because he loved to spend his days outdoors. I don’t think that there was a time that I was ever darker and tanner than my Uncle Billy Ray! I always looked forward to my visits and chats with my uncle Billy Ray. His smile and happy disposition would light up any room. He told the best stories and was a truly great conversationalist. I can remember him casually sitting back in a chair in his blue jeans ready to hear how I was doing and how life was treating me. He could easily make me laugh. He loved his children and grandchildren, and he spoke highly of them. I will cherish the memories that I shared with him and Aunt Ernestine in Pulaski, Tennessee. I can fondly remember eating with him and Ernestine at the McDonald’s in Pulaski, and he so kindly bought Ernestine her sweet ice cream cone! I truly will miss my dear Uncle Billy Ray. He was a true treasure and blessing to know. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. With love and prayers, Lindsey Jones

Michelle Brown

November 7, 2020

I will always remember Uncle Billy Ray smiling and laughing. I loved his humor! He loved his family and friends so much, and he spoke highly of them. He prioritized and took such great interest in people. He brought joy to the people in his life. I was blessed to have him as an uncle. He loved the Lord, and I rejoice that he is with the Lord Jesus now! I extend my deepest sympathy to all his family and friends. With love and prayers, Michelle Brown

Linda Bass

November 7, 2020

The tribute video with all the photos brought back such sweet memories. I realize that I have known Billy Ray almost my whole life. He was a wonderful brother-in-law. I cherish the friendship that we had, and the kinship that we shared in Jesus Christ. He had a delightful sense of humor, and I enjoyed talking with him and listening to his stories. One of my fondest memories was in 1959 when Gary Bass was coming to pick me up for our 1st date. Billy Ray and my brother-in-law, Julian, told me that they were going to determine if Gary was a suitable date for me! They teased and told me that they were going to hide and watch and see if the heels of Gary's shoes were cleaned, polished, and shiny! If not, they said that I could not go out on a date with him! I begged them not to do it, but they did it anyways! Thank goodness Gary passed the test with flying colors! We went on our date, and later Gary and I married. Throughout the years, this story has been told many times with lots of laughter shared. Billy Ray, Julian, and Gary Bass all became good friends. I will miss the laughter I shared with Billy Ray. My deepest sympathy to your family. My prayers are with you. With all my love, Linda P. Bass

Carlene Waller

November 6, 2020

Ray,
Randy and I send our prayers of peace for your family. Losing one's dad is difficult to say the least. You have our deepest condolences. Randy and Carlene Waller, former employees of Deloitte.

Kathy Thomas

November 6, 2020

With Deepest Sympathy, Kathy Thomas, NHC Healthcare, Pulaski ,Tn.

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