Dudley Smith Waugh (2018-10-22 15:20:42)

The door of life closed gently as Dudley Smith Waugh crept forward on a heavenly journey Friday, October 19, 2018.

He was born in North Wilkesboro, N.C., June 24, 1931 to Benjamin and Daisy Smith Waugh.

Dudley, affectionately called “Dud” and “Uncle Dud” was raised and continued to live in the Fairplains Community. He attended the Wilkes County Schools. His family were faithful members of Beulah Presbyterian Church and it was there that Dudley accepted Christ at an early age. He was blessed with a strong and impressive tenor voice and he used his talent to the Glory of God in choirs and as a soloist at different churches. His most current membership was at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he served actively in the choir and as an usher.

A staunch believer in hard work, which he exemplified throughout his life, Dudley worked several jobs and while on one specific job he met the love of his life, Lona Ferguson. They were married August 20, 1960 and to this union one son, Kirk Douglas Waugh was born. Dudley retired from North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church after 44 years as the church sexton. Because of his dedicated service to caring for and maintaining God’s House, Dudley received several citations and recognitions and today his legacy continues to live on at the church.

Dudley’s family was very near and dear to his heart. Although he had a quiet, humble manner and a humorous side, his spirit of love, devotion and caring did reveal itself. As one to stay very close to home, he did enjoy trips to Gatlinburg, TN. and to Durham. He loved the family gatherings and reunions. He especially enjoyed the 2000 Waugh-Watkins Family Reunion in the Maryland area where he was able to tour Washington, D.C. and the White House.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, sisters, Hazel Waugh, Ella Ruth W. Brown, Martinez W. Ferguson, Violet W. Roberts, Charlene W. Bynum, Rebecca W. Ford-Daye, and brothers, Bruce Waugh, Baxter “Sonny” Waugh, Danny Waugh, Sr. and Kent Morgan Waugh.

With fond and loving memories to cherish, he leaves his devoted and loving wife of 58 years, Lona, his son, Kirk (Tammy), two grandsons, Brandon Whittington and Denzell Waugh, two sisters, Betsy Waugh Carver and Martha Waugh Barnes, sister-in-law, Rita Ferguson Daniels, brother-in-law, Rev. Charles Ferguson (Brenda), sister-in-law, Joan L. Waugh, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Ferguson, Rev. Matthew Farley and Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. Burial will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church from 12:00 until 1:00 on Wednesday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to