Willie Thomas Rudd
April 27, 1925 - October 6, 2011
Willie T. Rudd, 86, of Paducah, passed from this world to the next at 1:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6, 2011.
He was born in Livingston County, Kentucky and made his home in Smithland and Paducah. He co-founded Beltline Electric Inc. of Paducah in 1957 and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a WWII veteran, stationed in the South Pacific. He enjoyed farming in Livingston County and boating on Kentucky Lake. In the 1970ís, he restored Smithlandís Olive-Davis home, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Mr. Rudd is survived by a son, Stephen Rudd of Paducah; a daughter, Renee Rudd of Shelbyville, Ky.; a daughter, LuAnn Kanaly and husband Jack of Oklahoma City, Ok.; two grandsons, Trevor Foster and Kyle Kanaly, also of Oklahoma City; a sister, Lavena Irby Luther of Union City, Tn.; a sister, Edith Thogmartin of Fontana, Ca.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brantley and Iva Dora Rudd (Roser); two brothers, Houston Rudd and Cecil Rudd; two sisters, Dorothy Champion Metheny and Velva Iverlet.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday at Lindsey Funeral Home with Rev. John Conn of Tuscon, Arizona and Ray Buckman of Henderson, Ky officiating. Burial will follow in the Smithland Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com.
The absence of our beloved father and grandfather will be felt forever, but his love will continue on in our hearts.
FactsBorn: April 27, 1925
Death: October 6, 2011
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