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Robert "Bob" Wayne Dudley

January 4, 1953 — August 5, 2023

Waynesville

Robert "Bob" Wayne Dudley

Robert "Bob" Wayne Dudley, beloved husband, father, and dedicated member of the community, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2023, at CarePartners Solace Center. He was born on January 4, 1953. Bob leaves behind a rich legacy of hard work, selflessness, and a passion for life.

Bob dedicated the majority of his career to public service. After working with the NCDOT, he found his calling in the NC Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer. For an impressive 25 years, Bob served his community and made a lasting impact through his commitment and dedication to his role.

Outside of his professional life, Bob had a deep love for NASCAR. From 1975 until April of 2022, he pursued his passion as a NASCAR Photographer. Through this lens and camera, Bob captured the essence and thrilling moments of this beloved sport.

In addition to his career and hobbies, Bob valued education. He graduated from Tuscola High School in 1971 and later earned his degree from Haywood Tech in 1974. 

Bob's proudest accomplishments extended far beyond his professional achievements. He was actively involved in numerous organizations that catered to the betterment of his community. His volunteer work included serving with the Hazelwood Fire Department, Haywood County Rescue Squad, and being a member of the Hazelwood Boosters Club. Additionally, he became a cherished lifetime member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) after being associated with them since 1981.

Bob's family and friends were always at the center of his heart. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Delores Wyatt Dudley. Their union was one built on love and unwavering support. Together they created a beautiful family which includes their son Wayne Dudley and daughter-in-law Ashley Dudley.

In addition to his immediate family, Bob is mourned by his sister-in-law Sharon W. Rathbone and husband David Charles Rathbone. His parents, Elmer and Virginia Whitner Dudley, preceded him in death, as did his two siblings Janice and Lee Dudley.

Bob's legacy lives on through his three cherished grandchildren. Jackson Wid Dudley, George Wyatt Dudley, and Charlotte Amelia Dudley meant the world to him. He took great pride in watching them grow and nurturing their dreams.

The visitation honoring Bob's life will take place on August 11, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Allens Creek Baptist Church located at 549 Allens Creek Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786. This will be followed by a funeral service at the same location from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Burial will follow at GreenHill Cemetery after the church services. 

Bob Wayne Dudley's life was one filled with dedication, love for family and community, and a passion for NASCAR. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory serve as an inspiration to us all to live each day with purpose and kindness.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

 

The care of Mr. Dudley has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.


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