Joseph Randolph Rudolph Dudley

1923–1997 (Age 74)
Arkansas, United States

The Life of Joseph Randolph Rudolph

When Joseph Randolph Rudolph Dudley was born on 8 August 1923, in Arkansas, United States, his father, David Clark Dudley, was 31 and his mother, Lena Ellen Reeder, was 28. He married Dorothy Jo Clayton on 14 September 1960, in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. He lived in Houston, Perry, Arkansas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 December 1997, in Marshall, Alabama, United States, at the age of 74.

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Joseph Randolph Rudolph Dudley
Dorothy Jo Clayton
Marriage: 14 September 1960

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14 September 1960
Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1941 · The Tuskegee Airmen

Age 18

The first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps were known as the Tuskegee Airmen, after the Tuskegee Army Air Field where they trained. The group flew over 15,000 individual sorties during World War II which earned them over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.  
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 21

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: habitational name from Dudley in the West Midlands, named from the Old English personal name Dudda ( see Dodd ) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.2 Irish (County Cork): English name adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Dubhdáleithe ‘descendant of Dubhdáleithe’, a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ + ‘two’ + léithe ‘sides’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joe R Dudley in household of Dave Dudley, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joe Dudley in household of Dave C Dudley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Joseph Rudolph Dudley in entry for Tommy Galee Glass and Rosa Marie Dudley, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"

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