Rudolph Warden

Rudolph Warden

Rudolph E. “Sunny” Warden, Sr.,  83 of 216 Simpson Street, Elizabeth City, NC died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at his home.  Born in Pasquotank County, NC, he was the son of the late George and Annie Pierce Warden and was the husband of the late Doris Beals Warden.  Mr. Warden was a member of First Christian Church.  He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Conflict.  He later retired from the Army National Guard and retired as a civil service boiler mechanic.  He was also a member of the Chrome Pony Mustang Club and the Mustang Club of America.

Mr. Warden is survived by a daughter, Gwen W. Williams and husband Randy of Elizabeth City, NC; two sons, Rudy Warden and wife Sharon of Elizabeth City, NC and Tim Warden and wife Brenda of Hertford, NC; six grandchildren, Courtney Cunningham and husband Joseph, April Williams, Brock Warden and wife Lynetti, Samantha Warden, Summer Warden and Jason Warden and wife Jessica; eight great-grandchildren, Ethan Cunningham, Peyton Cunningham, Avery Warden, Timmy Reed, Nate Reed, Barrett Pike, Lexi Warden and Aramis Warden and long-time friend, Ann Hall.

A funeral service will take place Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church with the Rev. Perry Turner officiating and military honors provided by the United States Army.  Burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Memorial Chapel Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the residence.  The family requests donations be made to First Christian Church, 701 Parsonage Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or the charity of your choice.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Warden family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. Lydia Perry

    Words can not express our sadness as we grieve your loss with you. My prayer is God will grant you peace, comfort and strength in the days and months ahead. With deepest sympathy. Love Lydia, Gene and family

  2. Lorine McCoy

    My sympathy to the entire family. God bless each of you at this time.
    Love and prayers,
    Lorine McCoy

  3. Karen Cahoon

    Please accept our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time
    Reggie and Karen

  4. Donnie & Rose Lane

    Rose & I are really going to miss “Sunny” being in our presence everyday…Prayers for the entire family. Love you all…!!!

  5. Butch Bunch

    Rudy, Tim & Gwen

    Your father was a strong, quiet man who raised three children with solid core values, ethics and morals. The greatest tribute to him is the three of you. My condolences to you all.

    Butch Bunch

  6. jimmy and marsha Bailey

    we are sorry to hear of the loss of your father .your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. James, Christy, Ashlyn & Emma Bailey

    Gwen & Family,

    Please know that you and your family are in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your Daddy. I know how much you all loved him and I am so very sorry!!

    Love you all!!
    James, Christy, Ashlyn & Emma

  8. Eddie and Lyree White

    Gwen, Randy, and family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying the Lord will surround each of you with peace and comfort, now and in the days ahead.

  9. Tammy and Johnny Sawyer

    So sorry to hear your sad news. We are praying for your family and will be checking on you.

  10. Paula (Lassiter) Stevenson

    Gwen, Randy, Tim and Rudy,
    So very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Its such and unbelievable aching in your hearts and a void in your life. Know that he and Mrs. Doris are back together again, pain free and looking out for us here on earth. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you and your families.
    Paula and Nick Stevenson

  11. Earline Stallings

    Gwen & Family,
    You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. So sorry for you loss.
    Paul & Earline

  12. Rev. Perry and Ann Turner

    Gwen, Rudy, Tim and family, we are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap His loving arms around each of you and give you peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. (I, Ann, am so sorry I can not be there as I have doctor’s appointments in New Bern today and Friday). Please know that each of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Karen Spence Jackson

    Condolences from our family. What a wonderful family man Mr Warden was. May great memories of spending family time together overflow the sorrow of the loss of your father. He has joined his bride and in God’s care evermore.

    Jeff & Karen S Jackson

  14. The Membership Committee

    During this difficult time may you feel
    God’s loving arms around you and His love in your heart.
    The Membership Committee
    First Christian Church

  15. Chris Hooper

    Sorry for your loss . My Aunt and Uncle lived on Simpson St. and Sharon was my teacher aqt J.P.Knapp Jr. High. May GOD Bless You All .

  16. Carol and Chris Jones

    Gwen, Randy and family. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

  17. Gene and Lynnette Boyce

    Please know we are praying for the family and will continue to lift you in prayer.. the Video is such sweet memories,again you are in our heart and prayers.

  18. Joyce Jordan Lassiter

    To the Warden Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Joyce Jordan Lassiter

  19. Vicky Piles

    Gwen, Rudy and Tim I am so sorry for the loss of you father…Thank you for allowing me to help with him….You are in my prayers…


    It was an honor and pleasure to take care of Mr. Warden in his last days here with us. Our sincere condolences are with your family.

  21. Pete and Kathy Gray

    to the Family: Blessings in the days ahead as you adjust to the Loss of a wonderful person.. he will be missed greatly by a lot of us…
    Love Pete and Kathy gray

  22. Lisa & Frank Seper

    Rudy and family – sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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