Rudolph Valentino Washington was born October 24, 1943 to Ameal and Eloise Washington in Alexandria, Louisiana. Rudolph was baptized at the age of 10 years old by his Grandfather, the late Pastor Thomas H. Pannell at Magnolia Baptist Church in Boyce Louisiana. The family later moved to Alexandria, where he became a member of Mt. Buelah Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Leonard Dorsey, Sr. Pastor.
Rudolph was educated in the Public school system of Rapides Parish Schools and graduated from Peabody High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. While at Peabody High School, Rudy was the Vice-President of Junior-Senior Class.
Afterwards, Rudolph relocated to Los Angeles, California for a short period of time. After leaving California, Rudy migrated to Houston, Texas where he enrolled at Texas Southern University. He later met his wife, Norma White Washington, the love of his life and married on January 15, 1967. Rudy and Norma were married 48 years, which happened to be the day that the Lord called him home. To this union, one child was born, namely, Nicole Charone Washington. Anthony Alexander West the son in law that he often called son was his right and left hand. Rudy often stated that he was indeed a lucky man to have such a beautiful wife that was very loving and supporting. Rudy often stopped anyone that would listen to brag about his daughter Nicole known to him as Nicky.
Rudolph was employed as a Foreman for Armco Steel Company for 12 years until the company closed. He went on to be employed with Goodyear Chemical Plant for 15 years as a Plant Operator. Afterwards, Rudy became employed with Clean Harbors Environmental Company until his retirement in 2003. Rudy stayed busy working around the house, hanging out with his wife, working with his daughter and son in law’s business, and picking up the kids from car pool, and personal Chaffeur for his grandson DJ Cameron West and his Princess Chelsey West.
Rudy was very outgoing, a family man, a giver, adviser, and loved by all that he knew.
Rudolph (Rudy) loved to play billiards and be with his grandchildren, Cameron and Chelsey.
Rudolph was preceded in death by his parents Ameal and Eloise Washington, sisters Barbara McCray and Lenora Madison and brother Ameal Washington, Jr.
Rudolph leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Norma White Washington of Houston; daughter Nicole West (Anthony) of Pearland; son Rudy Anderson (Yolanda) of Missouri City; sisters Rosia G. Metoyer (Granvel) of Alexandria, La, Olevia W. Roland (Samuel) of Pineville La; brothers Thomas Ray Washington (Cassandra) of Los Angeles, Ca. and Bernard Washington of Houston; grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and great friends.
Visitation will be held at 9:00 am. Services will begin promptly at 10:00am on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Greater Saint Matthew located at 7701 Jutland Rd Houston, Texas 77033. Services will be officiated by Dr. Gusta Booker of Greater Saint Matthew Baptist Church. Burial will proceed immediately at Houston Memorial Gardens, followed by a reception at Greater Saint Matthew Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to The Westco Experience Foundation, 4400 South Wayside Suite 101 Houston, Texas 77087.
Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home of Angleton. (979) 849-8800.