William Marion Dudley
One of Waltonville's oldest, best known and most highly respected citizens
was called to his reward Friday evening.
William Marion Dudley, son of William and Anise Dudley was born
in Bald Hill township, Jefferson County, Illinois, Feb. 1,1856, departed
this life Feb. 22, 1946, age 90 years and 21 days. On Nov. 14, 1879, Mr.
Dudley was married to Miss Luran? Bartel Brayfield, who preceded him in
death March 1, 1931. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs.
Gertrude Hester and Mrs. Ruth Howells.
He is survived by three children: Mrs. Mayme Hester, with whom he has made
his home for many years; Mrs. Bertha Hetherington of Long Beach, Calif.;
Dr. S. E. Dudley of Benton, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren,
two half-brothers and three half-sisters.
Professing faith in Christ in early married life, though not uniting with
any church, he believed in the tenets of the Primitive Baptist church and
patterned his daily living after The Golden Rule. "Uncle Dudley" is gone.
And to those of us who knew him as neighbor and friend the lose will remain
as a gap which can not not be filled. He made for himself in the community,
a place different from any of the others. With the coming of spring, we shall
miss him more and more. He loved the great out-doors and growing things. Never
losing interest though his bodily strength had failed and this little poem would
seem to have been written especially for him. Open the door gently. Lord, Let
dear old Dad come in; So open the door to him. Set him a place at thy table,
Lord, He loves a bit of cheer; To his old story often told, Lend thou a willing ear,
Make him a bed where purple dawn, Will touch his resting face; You'll find him early
up, dear Lord, A gardening round the place.
Source: The Register-News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Sat. Feb. 23, 1946
Submitted by: John R. Ball