Rudolph was born in Halifax County, November 25, 1937, to the late Ernest Edward and Sally Victoria Parker Smith.
He enjoyed NASCAR. playing pool and was a long-time member of Little Country Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Rudolph was preceded in death by brothers, James Smith, Benjamin Smith and William Smith; sisters, Ollie Mae Smith and Ernestine Faithful, and a grandchild, Charles T. Geiser, III.
Surviving are his sons, Steve Smith and Randy Smith, both of Spartanburg, SC; daughters, Gladys Debra Bishop and Lynn Gates, both of Spartanburg, SC; brother, Jesse Smith of Spartanburg, SC; sisters, Helen Wayne of West Virginia, Betsy Richardson of Warrenton and Barbara Ellis of Roanoke Rapids; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Nottie Wood, Stacey Michelle Bishop, Lynn Powers, Joe Powers, Kenny Powers, Chrisy Bullock, William Baughan, Ashleigh Geiser and Nathan Geiser. Also surviving are 8 great grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Friday, August 18, 2017, at Hockaday Funeral & Cremation Service from 7-8:30 pm.
Rev. James Jenkins will conduct funeral services Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the chapel at Hockaday beginning at 2:00 pm.
Interment will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com