Ray Coleman Rudacille, Jr, 67, of Bentonville, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center in Winchester.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal conducted by Rev. Sherry Waddell. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Coleman Rudacille was born February 25, 1951, in Virginia, to the late Ray C. Rudacille, Sr. and Hadassah Butler Rudacille. He was preceded in death by a special aunt Vera P. Rudacille and his beloved dog Cocoa. He was formerly married to Jean Chrisman Rudacille. He graduated from John S. Mosby Academy in 1969. Attended Spartanburg Junior College in South Carolina for two years and Pembroke in North Carolina for one year playing his favorite sport baseball. At Pembroke, he won the “Most Valuable Player Award” and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for breaking school records. He also played baseball for the Shenandoah Indians of the Virginia Collegiate League. In 1974 he was signed to play baseball for the Chicago White Sox. He also played softball with the Front Royal Chiefs. After his baseball career was completed, he returned to Limeton, Virginia where he farmed with his family on Flint Run Farms raising beef cattle.
He is survived by a brother Irvin J. Rudacille (Mary); three sisters Jennifer R. Sims (Charles), Cynthia Rudacille (Lovell Brown), and Beverly Rudacille; numerous nieces, nephew, great nieces, and great nephews.
Pallbearers will be Wyatt Campbell, Dale Buracker, Jerry Suggs, Eric Cullop, Gene Kidd, and Terry Heflin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Dofflemyer, Jimmy Dingus, Kenny Heflin, Frank Walther, Ronnie Chrisman, Amanda Snipes, Neil Updike, John Updike and Rodney Chrisman.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia, 22601, or a charity of your choice.