Joe L. Dudney—Age 91, welcomed  into eternal life  Tuesday,
June 24, 2014.  A caring and  energetic husband, father, and
friend,  Joe Dudney took  his responsibilities  as head  of  his
family seriously. “He was our rock and our guiding force,” say
his daughter and grandchildren. His devotion to his wife, Doris,
was unfailing as he cared for her during her lengthy last illness.
“He has always been a tower of strength to us and his many

Joe Dudney was born near Gainesboro, TN, and was educated
in the public schools of Jackson County and at David Lipscomb
College in Nashville. He returned to Jackson County, where he
was a charter member of the Farm Bureau and served as its
president. While owning and operating seed corn and farm
supply businesses, he became a charter member of the
Jackson County Livestock Assn. and served as its president
through 1963. During this time, he pioneered a modern hog-
feeding business, selling and shipping feeder pigs to the
Midwest. In 1964 he became the chief inspector for the
Tennessee Crop Improvement Association, the seed
certification agency for the state, for production of all field crop
seeds statewide. Later serving the TCIA as manager, secretary
and treasurer, he retired in 1991.

In a lifetime full of purpose and service, Joe Dudney’s
“retirement” years became his greatest achievement. As Vice
President, Executive Director, and Board member of Churches
of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., Joe worked tirelessly to
realize the organization’s multi-million dollar mission to assist
victims of natural disasters throughout the United States,
supplying necessities to thousands whose lives had been
devastated by floods, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires, and
earthquakes. In doing this, CCDRE also fulfilled its larger
mission—to demonstrate Christian principles in action to the
people it helps.

Joe and Doris’s involvement in the Church began in Jennings
Creek Valley in Jackson County, TN, where they grew up
attending the Whitleyville Church of Christ. Doris and Joe were
both baptized in Jennings Creek. They married in 1946.
After moving to Nashville in 1967, Joe and Doris Dudney were
active members of Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. He served
there as a deacon and as an elder for 21 years, with an
emphasis on missions. Among the most successful of the
missions of that era was the assistance given the church in
Thomasville, NC, which eventually became a thriving, self-
supporting congregation.

Hanging on a wall of the Dudneys’ home were a number of
plaques that recognized Joe’s contributions to organizations he
was associated with — the Nashville Civitan Club and the
Disaster Relief Effort, among others. In 2010, Joe was honored
by Lipscomb University with its KOPIO Award for “distinguished
service for the kingdom of God.” But the plaques that brought
the biggest smiles to his face were those that marked his
involvement with Brentwood Hills young people: manager of the
League Champion BHCC softball team; BHCC Camp
Leatherwood Hall of Fame; and the biggest smile of all, the
plaque from the children of Brentwood Hills in appreciation for
“The Gum Man.” For many years, every child—and some
adults—made it their mission to be the first to reach Joe after
worship services to claim a stick of gum from his never-ending

Joe Dudney is survived by his daughter, Linda Dudney,
Nashville; granddaughters, Sarah Glenn Brown, Clarksville, &
Julia Meadows, Nashville; great-grandchildren Alexis Meadows,
Elizabeth Brown & Jacob Dudney Brown; and brother, Neil
Dudney, Smithville. He was preceded in death by Doris Dudney,
his beloved wife of 65 years; parents, Lyman & Ruby Birdwell
Dudney; and brother, Clark Dudney.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, June 26  from 3:00
to 8:00 P.M. and Friday, June 27 from 10:00 A.M .to Noon at
Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, 5120 Franklin Pike, Nashville.
A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon led by Walt Leaver,
Jonathan Seamon & Clarence Dailey. The service will be
streamed live at noon on Friday ( and
click BHCC TV).

On Saturday, June 28 the family will receive visitors at
Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home from 11 A.M. until
time of service at 2 P.M. Bro. Dan Huffines and Joe’s first
cousins will officiate at the service. Burial will follow at the Rob
Draper Memorial Cemetery in the Stone community of Jackson
County, TN.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Churches of Christ
Disaster Relief Effort  by contacting the business office of
Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home.
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