OBITUARY: Homer Lee Dudley Jr.


Mr. Homer Lee Dudley, Jr. passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2022, he was 82 years old.

He was born August 9, 1939, to parents Homer Lee Sr. and Frankie Northern Dudley in Wilson County, Tennessee.

Homer was very close to his three siblings. He is survived by Jimmy (Margie) Dudley of Guntersville, Alabama, and sister-in-law, Carolyn Dudley of Lebanon.

Preceding him in death are his sister Anne (Earl) Litchford and brother Frank Dudley.

Homer graduated from Cohn High School in Nashville in 1957 and after graduation, at age 17, joined the Army and spent three years in Germany serving as an X-Ray technician.

Sixty-two years ago, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Mary Joree Dudley. They lived in Palm Harbor, Florida, and were blessed with two sons, Richard Kent (Michele and grandson, Jack) and Michael Keith (Kim and grandchildren Lila and Luke).

Homer began his career with the USPS, serving in many capacities. After many years of service, he reinvented himself in business and had a successful career as owner of Kidwell Manufacturing Company and as a realtor and developer of many ventures including Mill Creek Golf Course community and Deerfield Crossing, a commercial project, both in Mebane, North Carolina.

His true passion, however, came even later in life when he moved back to Lebanon and became a master gardener. He spent many happy years tending his incredible garden, vineyard, bees, and cows at the Dudley Century Farm in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. It was here that he put his tools and talents to use in helping others became self-reliant.

He worked hands on with Healing Hands International in Africa, Honduras and Haiti and went on numerous medical mission trips to Honduras. He created positive impact and life changes for many less fortunate. He was generous, kind, selfless and giving.

For many years he was a song leader at the Church of Christ in Palm Harbor, Florida and a deacon at the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina. He loved and served the Lord faithfully and joyfully. He never said a mean word to anyone and was truly an example of love. He will be sorely missed by family and many friends. If you were fortunate enough to know Homer, you have been truly blessed!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Healing Hands International (615) 832-2000 or Berea Church of Christ Benevolent Fund, 50 Berea Church Road, Lebanon, Tennessee.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 26th from 1:00-3:00 P. M. with Celebration of Life at 3:00 P. M. at Berea Church of Christ. Burial to follow at Wilson County Memorial Park.

PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL in care of arrangements. 615-444-7007


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