The funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 5, 2014 at the William Grove Baptist Church, 71 Gill Street Hwy 19, Ellaville, Georgia, where the Reverend Michael Edge is pastor. Minster Donavon Coley will officiate. Interment will follow at 12:00 noon at Andersonville National Cemetery, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia.
Airman Rudolph Coley was born June 11, 1942 in Americus, Georgia to the late Timothy O. Coley Sr. and the late Lila Mae Neal Coley. He was a member of the Sumter County High School Class of 1960. Subsequently, after graduation, he and his best friend, Airman Waldo White, joined the United States Air Force.
Rudolph leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Velma Jean Pride Coley. To their union five kids were born - two daughters, Sonya Carina Scarborough (Randy) and Fatima Crystal Coley and three sons, Victor Rudolph Coley, Terrance Dane Coley, and Donavon Overnun Coley (Tonia). He also leaves his lifelong best friend, Waldo White (Mary); two sisters, Otis Calloway (Ernest) and Grace Millner; three brothers, Robert Coley (Gwen), Stephen Coley (Gislea), and Ronald Coley; sister-in-law, Tommie McCuller, five brothers-in-law, Frank Pride (Alice), Charlie Pride, Michael Pride, Kirkland Pride, and Ernest Pride (Sonja); his William Grove Church Family, where he's known as "ROOT,” a host grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
- C. G. Moone(Sunday, May 11 14 02:07 pm EDT)
To Velma and the family I offer my sincere condolences on the passing of Rudolph.
- Michelle Hill Hollis(Monday, May 05 14 05:14 pm EDT)
Another home town hero has gone but will never be forgotten. Thanks for your service to our country Rudolph. Velma you said "cuttin Mutt and cuttin Sara". We said "Ms. Willie Mae and "Mr. Abraham" lol. All in all we are FAMILY no matter how you look at it. Grace to you all--Velma, Vick, Sonya, Donovan and Christy
- Lasondra Swain(Monday, May 05 14 07:23 am EDT)
You will really be missed by all you had a very humble spirit. We will miss making sure we send you some cake whenever we had anything. We Love you Mr. Rude as we called you.
- Marcus Lusane and Family(Sunday, May 04 14 11:32 pm EDT)
To the Coley Family. The Lusane Family offers our condolences. May God be with your family during this difficult time. Continue to look to the Lord, for he will give you comfort. God bless.
- Sennie Hubbard Searcy(Sunday, May 04 14 07:02 pm EDT)
Mrs. Velma & Family
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
- Mildred Harris-French(Sunday, May 04 14 05:02 pm EDT)
My deepest sympathy to the Coley family. From a co-worker at Cooper Lighting. I am going to miss you Mr. Rudy.
- Tarra and Tytus(Sunday, May 04 14 03:01 pm EDT)
We will miss you Uncle Rudolph and wish we could have spent more time with you. Prayer is powerful and will help us to stay strong. Your Niece Tarra Battle and Nephew Tytus Nelson
- Deborah J. McDonald(Sunday, May 04 14 08:43 am EDT)
To Aunt Velma & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are you all.
Remember we love you all and Uncle Rudy.
Nieces and Nephews in Hartford, CT
Tanya Harlee, Christopher Williams, Kimberly Nickson and The McDonalds
- Carolyn McDonald-Nelson(Saturday, May 03 14 06:49 pm EDT)
My love is with my family during this difficult time. I will really miss my uncle and will always keep the family in my prayers. Stay strong Velma, I am just a phone call away!
- Gladys B. Monts(Saturday, May 03 14 05:48 pm EDT)
I want to give my deepest sympathy to the Coley Family. Rudy was a good person & friend to all that he knew & work with. Rudy, Head, & Me ose to play card at lunch time at Triangle Home Prod. He loved him some Velma; Velma just remember that God is a burden barren. He doesn't make any mistakes; Rudy labored long & hard. He fought a good fight; but, he has to take his resting place with the Lord. Velma, I pray that you will find that it will get a little better day by day. I Love you'll so much.
- Deborah J. McDonald(Saturday, May 03 14 12:40 pm EDT)
To The Coley Family
Stay Strong Family. God Knows Best.
Rest in peace Uncle Rudy.
Your Nieces & Nephews in Hartford, CT
Deborah, Sarah, Patricia, Ronad & Stephen
- Charlie & Mary Seay(Saturday, May 03 14 09:09 am EDT)
To the Coley Family: We wish you peace and comfort at this most difficult time. Ruldolph will be miss, he always told me that he was the "BOSS, so rest in Peace Boss Man. Our Prayers are with you the family.
- Charlie & Mary Seay(Friday, May 02 14 10:13 pm EDT)
To the Coley Family: We Wish you Peace and Comfort at this most difficult time. Ruldolph always kept us laughing at Triangle Home Product andhe always said that he was the "BOSS". Rest in Peace my friend.
- Laverne Williams-Former 3rd District Youth Director(Friday, May 02 14 08:53 pm EDT)
To Donovan and the Coley Family
Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day. Remembrance keeps them near.
- Bobby Fuse, Jr.(Friday, May 02 14 08:52 pm EDT)
With heartfelt sympathy to a great family of friends.
May you be comforted by so many wonderful memories and blessings.
- michelle roberts(Friday, May 02 14 04:33 pm EDT)
My deepest sympahty to the Coley family.rest in peace Mr.Rudolph,The Roberts family
- Anitra Crosby(Friday, May 02 14 04:11 pm EDT)
My deepest sympathy to the Coley Family. Mr. Rudolph will surely be missed. Rest in Peace.
- Patsy Patrick(Friday, May 02 14 04:04 pm EDT)
With Sympathy and Understanding
To express sincere sympathy and to let you know that many thoughts are with you.
are with you at this time
of deepest sorrow...
along with wishes that
you'll find the strength
to face each new tomorrow.
The Patrick Family
- Inez Battle(Friday, May 02 14 02:02 pm EDT)
Our Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family as you go through this time
- Eddye M. Coley(Friday, May 02 14 01:53 pm EDT)
Velma & family, may the Peace and comfort of God's Love and of family and friends strengthen and encourage you hearts now and in the days ahead as you share the fond memories of your beloved Rudolph. With deepest sympathy, Eddye Mae Coley & family
- Teresa owens(Friday, May 02 14 01:38 pm EDT)
Andersonville will miss it's "Partner" & I will surely miss my friend. But without doubt, his beautiful, happy character & infectious, one-of-a-kind laugh will be cherished & recollected with great affection forever. "The boss is in The House" <3
- Cardiopulmonary Services, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center(Friday, May 02 14 10:45 am EDT)
Our prayer is that God will continue to strengthen each of you as only He can during this difficult time. Our hearts and hands are extended to you in His service. May His peace abide with each of you.
- Sally Mills and family(Friday, May 02 14 10:39 am EDT)
Words and thoughts cant's express enough during your difficult time of bereavement.Our prayers are with the family. RIP
- Mack & Shirley Polk(Friday, May 02 14 10:35 am EDT)
We are certainly heart striken to learn of Rudy's passing. We know that God will continue to hold you in the cradle of His arms.
- Mae Belle Thomas(Friday, May 02 14 09:58 am EDT)
Sincere condolences to Donavon, Fatima and family. May God hold you in His loving arms during this bereavement period.
- Jessie Sims & Family(Friday, May 02 14 08:09 am EDT)
May God comfort this family during your great loss. He can and He is able to do so . Put all your trust in Him. He fails not.
- Gene & Alice Lembrick SR(Thursday, May 01 14 11:13 pm EDT)
To the Coly Family: Rudolph was a very good friend, Your Familys have our deepest sympathy.
- Amy Lusane(Thursday, May 01 14 07:26 pm EDT)
My deepest sympathy to the Family.
Mr.Rudolph was such a inspiration with he would visit the Crown Station on Tripp St!!! he kept us laughing!