March 14, 1953 – August 8, 2020
Dr. Wade G. Dudley, 67, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020
Wade was raised in Sampson County, Wade received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from ECU, and worked for Procter and Gamble for 18 years before returning to ECU to complete his Master’s degree in History. Wade received his PhD from the University of Alabama, and had the privilege to return to ECU to teach in the ECU History department for the last 18 years. An avid board gamer of all genres, Wade loved to paint miniature figures and then use them with tabletop games. He was honored to serve as the faculty advisor of ECU’s Phi Alpha Theta history honor society for most of his teaching career, and loved hosting them in his home every year. Wade was all about family, including his dachshund family members. Dutch and Maverick will certainly miss their Daddy.
He is preceded in death by his; mother, Lois Hopkins; and father, Glendon Dudley.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; sons Bill Dudley and wife Kara of Pittsboro, NC and Glen Dudley of Winterville, NC. brothers; Michael Dudley and wife Deborah and Johnny Dudley and wife Diane both of Roseboro, NC, sisters; Lisa Royal and Lorrie Cannady both of Salemburg, NC, plus 3 grandchildren.
Memorial Contributions: Memorial contributions can be made to the Wade Dudley Memorial scholarship fund thru ECU Foundation, University Advancement, 2200 S. Charles Blvd., Mail Stop 301, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.
–Above obituary courtesy of Winterville Cremation & Funeral Services
Dr. Dudley, a member of the HSNC and a recognized maritime historian, was the author of surveys on Sir Francis Drake and the British Blockade of America during the War of 1812 and a number of historic photo essays on North Carolina subjects. He was a popular and beloved member of the ECU faculty. The HSNC extends its heartfelt sympathies to the family and his wide circle of friends and colleagues.