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Mr. Wilbert Leslie Dudley

June 28, 1922 ~ August 25, 2021 (age 99)

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Mr. Wilbert Leslie Dudley, 99 of 1057 Bell Woods Rd., passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at his home.

Born on June 28, 1922 in Sampson County, Mr. Dudley was the son of the late Alda Craven Dudley and Lucille Clifton Dudley, and the widower of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Matthis Dudley, who was the love of his life.  Wilbert was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II and received four bronze stars and one purple heart. After serving his country, he married his sweetheart, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Matthis, and they raised three children at their home in Sampson County.  He was a farmer, farming many types of crops and tobacco until his retirement. He has always had a passion for fishing, enjoying both freshwater and fishing at the Surf City pier. He was a hardworking, kind man who had a heart of gold and had an amazing memory until the last day.  He loved talking and sharing his memories with everyone who came to visit.  More than anything, he loved his family and will be greatly missed, but his legacy of love will live on through them.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his children, a daughter, Glenda D. Daughtry of Clinton; two sons: Jerry Dudley and wife, Mary of Chesapeake, Virginia; and Wilbert “Leslie” Dudley, Jr. and wife, Martha of Clinton.  He was also blessed with six grandchildren: Kellie Langemeier (Dan), Gwen Hodges, Ryan Dudley (Keri), Brandon Dudley (Tara), Vicki Westbrook (Scotty), Jason Dudley (Jane),  and fifteen great-grandchildren.   

In addition to his parents and wife, Lizzie, Mr. Wilbert was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby D. Matthis and brother, James Lendell Dudley.

The family would also like to thank Harriet Harrington of Intern Home Care for her kindness, love and care she provided to our father.

Funeral Services will be held at Holly Grove Christian Church, 3940 Union School Rd., Clinton, on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Ken Eanes and Chris McMillan officiating. Interment with military honors will be held immediately following the service, in the church cemetery. Visitation for the family and friends will be held after the funeral service in the church fellowship hall and other times at his home.  

Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be made to Holly Grove Christian Church, by mailing to: 3940 Union School Rd., Clinton, NC  28328.  Condolences may be made by visiting

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Funeral Service
August 29, 2021

2:00 PM
Holly Grove Christian Church
3940 Union School Rd.
Clinton, NC 28328

August 29, 2021

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Holly Grove Fellowship Hall
3940 Union School Rd
Clinton, NC 28328

Interment with Military Honors
August 29, 2021

Holly Grove Christian Church Cemetery
3940 Union School Rd.
Clinton, NC 28328

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