Eldred C. Dudney, Jr. “Chip” passed away peacefully at his home in Blowing Rock, NC with family and friends by his side after a long battle with cancer.

He fought this with great grace and courage, rarely complaining about any aspect of it.

A native of Tabor City, NC, he is preceded in death by his parents, Eldred and Peggy Dudney. He is survived by his sisters, Shannon Evans of Lumberton, NC, Pam Prince (Winfred) of Tabor City, NC and Kem Dudney of Waynesboro, VA; his beloved nieces and nephews, Dan Prince of Wilmington, NC, Seth Evans (Hayley) of Concord, NC, Amber Coleman (Jesse) of Tabor City, NC, and Rachel Evans of Kannapolis, NC. He is also survived by his life companion, Dr. John Thompson of Chapel Hill, NC and step children, Kyle Thompson (Devin) of Blowing Rock, NC and Zoe Thompson of Austin, TX, and long-time friend, Charles Long of Wilmington, NC, and many other friends whom he considered to be extended family.

Chip was a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and spent his career in banking with Central Carolina Bank in Wilmington, NC, SunTrust Bank in Raleigh, NC and First National Bank in Greensboro, NC. After retiring from the bank, Chip volunteered his expert business and leadership skills to a non-profit organization, Houses for New Hope in Durham, NC. It was there he found his true calling for assisting the organization to serve as many people in need as possible. This organization energized his spirit and he truly loved helping with its mission. He continued until recently to share his time, talent and resources with the organization.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the NC mountains which became Chip’s “happy place.” Memorials may be made to the Legacy Fund at Housing for New Hope, Legacy Fund, 18 W. Colony Place, Suite 250, Durham, NC 27705 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the Dudney family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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