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John Willard Dudley

February 7, 1939 ~ January 12, 2020 (age 80)

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Swansboro- John Willard Dudley, 80, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the Crystal Blufffs Nursing and Rehab Facility in Morehead City. He was born February 7, 1939 in Swansboro, NC son of the late, Willard and Eloise Wethington Dudley. 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Swansboro United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Baker officiating.

John Willard graduated from Swansboro High School and then Atlantic Christian College (Barton) in Wilson and was the owner and operator of Dudley’s Marina in Swansboro. He dearly loved the water from an early age.  He served his country in the US Coast Guard.  To say that Mr. Dudley is well known in the community is an understatement.  He has provided help, knowledge, and friendship to many, including all fishermen, commercial and recreational, and all employees, especially the younger ones needing some direction in their lives.  Everyone you meet that knows Mr. Dudley has a story to tell about him. He has done a lot for a lot of people.

He is survived by brother, Howard Jackson “Jack” Dudley of Morehead City; sister, Judy Dudley of Raleigh; nephew, John Dudley Dill of Raleigh.  

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Memorial Service
January 16, 2020

2:00 PM
Swansboro United Methodist Church
665 W. Corbett Ave.
Swansboro, NC 28540

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