Obituary for Phil Rudd (1922-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Rudd, Phil Waldo

Phil Waldo Rudd died on Sunday, August 15th, in his home with his family.

A funeral service will be held at Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Greensboro on Sunday, August 22nd at 2:00 pm. Mr. Rudd will rest in the Forbis & Dick N. Elm Chapel on Friday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phil was born on November 29, 1922 in Guilford County to Seneca Leon Rudd and Clara Osborne Rudd. He was a lifelong resident of Guilford County. Phil was a World War II veteran serving in the 926th Signal Battalion / 9th Air Force / Army Air Corps. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he carried telegrams across Greensboro for Western Union. He later owned Standard Systems and installed home security alarms for many people in and around Guilford County.

Phil coached Brightwood Little League Baseball for over 40 years; Hundreds of men fondly remember him as a beloved coach and mentor. Decades later and until his death, Phil still remembered all the names and faces of his former players. He was a lifelong member of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He loved to sing and in recent years he has loved going to Karonda’s restaurant on Sunday evenings, where he sang gospel songs with the blues band there.

Phil was a familiar face on his family’s farm, where he could often be found on the farm estate, greeting friends and customers with a smile and a hug. He loved helping customers find the best strawberries in the harvest field and he was always on the lookout for the biggest greenhouse tomato – usually to give to a friend. Behind the scenes, he often worked in the greenhouse, sowing countless plants over the years and always jumping in to help out at peak times. Phil loved his family, extended family, and friends so much. He was a social butterfly and always took the time to stop and hug everyone he knew. We find peace in the knowledge that he is with his Heavenly Father, living his eternal reward for 98 years.

Phil leaves behind his son Kenneth Rudd (Joan), daughter Kathy Dubree (George), stepdaughters Betty Fernald (Harold) and Patsy Jordan; Brother Jack Rudd; Grandchildren Ken Rudd (Ashley), Matt Rudd (Chelsey), Nic Perry, Leigh Shelton (Dean), and Amanda Brouse (Paul); Step-grandchildren Lisa Brunton, Amy Cable (Bill), Cindy Jordan, and Donna Byerly (Greg); 14 great-grandchildren, 7 step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandson. Phil was preceded in death by his parents Seneca and Clara Rudd, his first wife Edna Hendricks Rudd, his second wife Eloise Little Odell Rudd and his sisters Leone Jones and Edith Rudd.

The family would like to thank Comfort Keepers for the wonderful caregivers they have provided and AuthoraCare (hospice) who have looked after Phil’s and the family’s needs over the past few weeks.

Commemorative donations can be made to Lee’s Chapel UMC (2303 Lee’s Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27405).

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Published by Greensboro News & Record on August 20, 2021.

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