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William T. Rudder

April 1, 1931 - October 4, 2016

Burial Date October 7, 2016

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William Thornton “Bill” Rudder, 85, of Brookneal passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at his home. He was the husband of Hilda Jordan Rudder.

Bill was born in Brookneal, April 1, 1931, son of the late Robert Oliver Rudder Sr. and Nora Roark Rudder. He was a member of Brookneal Baptist Church, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and the former owner of Rudder’s Market and the Crescent Restaurant.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Tommy Rudder (Lori) of Brookneal, one daughter, Theresa R. Bienkowski (Mark) of Goode; five grandchildren, Brandon Payne of Lynchburg, Kristen Payne of Washington, D.C., Cody Rudder (Anna) of Spout Spring, Matt and Meghan Rudder both of Brookneal; one sister, Virginia R. Sowell of Brookneal; four nieces, Linda Elder, Betty Sue Mitchell, Eva Jean Mason and Kay Harris. He was preceded in death by a brother, R.O. Rudder Jr.; and a sister, Dorothy R. Fore.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2016 at Henderson Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Matthew Killmon with interment to follow in Wickliffe Cemetery. Military rites will be performed at the grave by American Legion Post #36 of Altavista.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Henderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Brookneal and at the residence other times.