DUDE SINGLETON (Arthur Eugene), 81 years old, left this life on Feb. 9, 2021. He was the son of Arvil and Pauline Rutherford Singleton. He was born April 23, 1939. He lived on his farm, “Singleton Farm,” where he was born and raised. As a young man, he worked at the Birmingham Zoo and later at U.S. Steel where he retired. He always had a love for working with animals. He was friendly and canny and always kept a smile. He was a man who never met a stranger and would always help people any way he could. He loved his family and always kept a close bond with all of them. He loved children and made special efforts to help raise and teach them. He helped them play sports of all kinds and coached youth leaguers for years. His farm was a playground for kids, grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Something was always going on at Dude’s house. He built a baseball field in his pasture where the whole community would come to play. Folks would ride horses, go four-wheeling, fishing, swim in the ponds, and play ball as well as big Rook games and guitar picking. He loved his Lord, his family, and he lived life to the fullest. He is preceded in death by his parents Polly and Arvil; wife of 60 years Gail Hubbard Singleton; and sister Linda Reeves.
He is survived by his daughter Shelia (Delynn) Wootan; son John (Gala) Singleton; grandson Jody (Fallon) Bresseale; granddaughters Jada Wootan, Nicole (Josh Tolbert) Singleton; great-grandsons Brayden “Bray-J” Bresseale, Brantley Nail; great-granddaughters Jaylee Bresseale, Sophia Tolbert; sister Susie (Jerald) Franks.
He was a member of Hendrix Missionary Baptist Church and served on the Hood Cemetery Committee for many years. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Lemley Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., at Lemley Funeral Chapel with Bro. Keith Franks officiating. Burial followed at Hood Cemetery. The pallbearers were J.D. Hill, Gary Stephens, Johnny Box, Jody Bresseale, Delynn Wootan, Josh Tolbert. Honorary pallbearer was Robert Blackwell.
-obituary written by family