Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thomas Rudisill "Rudy" 1916-1970 - Obituary

"While my Dad was not raised in New Vienna, he truly loved the community where he became a coach, teacher, and principal; and of course raised his family. I know he loved this town and the people in it. He chose to live there, work there and raise his family in New Vienna, and as his child I will be forever grateful that he did. I feel so blessed to have grown up where and how I did." --Barbara
Thomas W. Rudisill obituary - Press Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio) Friday, Sept. 11, 1970.  Image courtesy of Mike Whited.

Thomas W. Rudisill

Thomas W. Rudisill, New Vienna Rt. 1, principal of the New Vienna Elementary School in the East Clinton School District, died at 6 P.M. Tuesday in Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, following a long illness.  His residence was on Powell Road in Highland County.  He was 63.  He was the son of Wylie Rudisill and Minnie Griffith Rudisill.

Born Nov. 22, 1916, he and his wife, Alice Fisher Rudisill, who survives, were married July 26, 1945, in West Virginia*.  Rudisill was a former New Vienna High School basketball coach.  After attending Winchester High School, he was graduated from Holbrook and Cedarville colleges in Ohio, and received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the New Vienna United Methodist Church, Dalton Lodge 578 F & A M of New Vienna, the New Vienna Lions Club and the Wilmington Athletic Officials Assn.

He is also survived by his son, Tom, at home; two daughters, Miss Linda Rudisill, Richmond, Calif., and Miss Barbara Rudisill, at home; one brother and one sister.

Funeral services will be at 2 P.M. Friday at the New Vienna United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Henry M. Lynd officiating and burial at the New Vienna IOOF Cemetery.  Masonic services will be at 9 P.M. Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home, New Vienna.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday afternoon and evening.   The body will lie in state at the church from 1 P.M. until time of services Friday.  Donations may be made to the New Vienna United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship.

*They were married in England according to family.  

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