Services for B. Leon Dudley, 86, of Rowlett, formerly of Tyler, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating. He will be laid to rest in Earl's Chapel Cemetery near Jacksonville.
Leon passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Richardson. He was born Jan. 27, 1928, in Ironton to the late Kirkland Cader Dudley and Emily Estelle Pledger.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, of 62 years; daughter, Diane Elaine Alsup; and granddaughter, Emily Alsup.
He completed advanced management courses at The University of Texas
, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Virginia. In 1980 he completed the executive program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
He served four years in the Army during World War II
and the Korean War
, serving with the Counterintelligence Corps in the U.S. and with the American Occupation Forces in Japan.
He began his postal career in 1949 at Tyler as a substitute clerk and was promoted rapidly through the ranks to superintendent of mails of the Tyler Post Office.
In September 1966, he joined the old Dallas Postal Region as a postal service officer and was first domiciled at McAllen and later Dallas. In July 1972 he was appointed sectional center manager/postmaster of Oklahoma City, Okla. He served there until he was promoted to district manager of the Maryland/District of Columbia Postal District. In January 1981 he was appointed sectional center/manager postmaster at Dallas. He retired in January 1987 after 41 years, 7 months credible service. He returned to Tyler after retirement. After 13 years in Tyler, he and Helen returned to the Dallas area to be near their daughter and her family. He spent six years of his retirement as an independent oil producer with interest in Southwestern Oklahoma.
Leon was active in community affairs throughout his postal career. He served as chairman of the Dallas Metropolitan Combined Federal Campaign and as a director on the Federal Executive Board in Dallas. He also was a member of the Rotary Club
and the National Association of Postmasters.
Pallbearers are Jim Dudley, Ray Dudley, Bill Dudley, James R. Dudley, Kenneth Dudley and Jim Poindexter.
The family will receive friends at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.