Rudolph Washington Arcee III-2
Rudolph Arcee
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 23, 1952
  • Place of birth:
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 23, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved Rudolph "Rudy" Arcee who was born on July 23, 1952 and passed away on February 23, 2011. Devoted and loving husband of 34 years of Abigail Carver Arcee; proud father of sons Rudolph Washington Arcee IV and Martin Carver, and daughters Miriam Arcee Booker and Esther Arcee Abernathy Arcee; grandfather of Delilah Arcee, Thomas Arcee, Rudolph Washington Arcee V, Amaya Arcee, Delronda Abernathy, Chester Abernathy, and Hazel Carver. We will remember him forever.

In the words of Rudy’s favorite hero, John Wayne: “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” Rudy was a man who had a clear sense of right and wrong, and was consistent in what he believed. In his life and his work, Rudy lived the core values that are the Marine character – honor, courage and commitment. Perhaps it was also his proud heritage shining through, an ancient lineage of great warriors singing in his blood.

As all good warriors are, Rudy was strong and gentle. He gave his all to care for his family. Miriam says, “He spoiled me rotten.” And his concern extended to those outside of his family as well, willing to help others in any way he could, almost to a fault. “He would talk to everybody and everybody would talk to him, even if he didn’t want them to”, Miriam says. He was the kind of guy who, standing in a supermarket line, the person next to him would tell him their whole life story. His mother-in-law Mary, whom he affectionately called Maude, says he was the best son-in-law, and they had a wonderful relationship. She also remembers how mischievous he was – he used to purposefully annoy her by using her expensive Depression glass coasters as an ashtray.

Rudy Arcee was the baby of the family who became its patriarch; the restless dreamer
who became its rock. He was the sunny, joyful child, who bore the brunt of his brothers’
teasing, but learned quickly how to brush it off. This spirit of resilience and good humor
would see Rudy through more trials and tribulations than most of us will ever know.

For being a black man in the old days of segregation in the south tried many a man's faith
and determination. For Rudy, these challenges of bigotry awoke something within him, that
tranformed this awkward teenaged boy from Atlanta into a lion of the courts. A crusader
for civil liberties for those with light and dark skin. Rudolph Washington Arcee the
third, was the hero of his neighborhood and that's what he was in life. He wished only to be
remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw a wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw descrimination and tried to stop it.

"As tempted more; more able to endure,
As more exposed to suffering and distress;
Thence, also, more alive to tenderness."
~William Wordsworth


Services will be held on Sunday Febuary 26th at Mt Sinai Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Mt Sinai Baptist Church
422 Merritts Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308-2509

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Susan Coffer on 9th March 2011

"My heart broke into pieces earlier this week when I learned of the sudden, unexpected death of your dear husband Rudy, and I cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow. Please accept my condolescences on your loss."

This tribute was added by Martha Carver on 9th March 2011

"Dear Abby
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
We are sorry for your loss.
Love, Martha and Family"

This tribute was added by Jay Allen on 6th March 2011

"Sorry 2 hear about Rudy. He was a great guy & we miss him.

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5"

This tribute was added by LaShonda Booker-Washington on 6th March 2011

"So sorry to hear about Rudy's passing. He was a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day & he will be missed.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4"

This tribute was added by Jean Warren on 6th March 2011

""He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul." Psalm 23:2-3

So sorry for your loss Abby. Rudy was a good man and a kind soul. I know John and I will miss the many fun superbowl parties we shared w/you guys."

This tribute was added by Kay Bola on 6th March 2011

"Abby & family,

My love and prayers be with you and your family . My heart is filled with sadness. Praying for you with open arms.

Deepest sympathy,


This tribute was added by Sunny Waller on 6th March 2011

"Dear Abby,

It was with a great sense of loss when I heard of Rudy's death. I just wanted to let you know that you have my greatest sympathy, and my heart is truly saddened. Rudy was more than just a wonderful person; he was always so kind and considerate to everyone at office. This made him a very delightful colleage to work with."

This tribute was added by JJ Walker on 6th March 2011

"Missing you my friend and football buddy. Redskin games on the weekend will never be the same. Abby, LoRhonda and me are here if you need us. God bless!

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."-James 1:12"

This tribute was added by Julie Mardo on 5th March 2011

"So very sorry to hear about your loss. May God bless you and your family.

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions;if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2"

This tribute was added by Latasha Bently on 5th March 2011

"Dear abby,

I'm sorry you are going through this right now. It must be very scary. But I just want you to know that I love you and I will always be there for you. You are not alone. Call me anytime you need to talk."

This tribute was added by Holly Adams on 5th March 2011

"So very very sorry to hear about Rudy's passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Please, please let us know if you need anything!"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Snow on 4th March 2011

"Dear Abby,

I am truly saddened by Rudy's death. Rudy was more than just a friend; he was an amazing person. he was always so kind and considerate to us that we always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity.

Take care,


This tribute was added by Ben Wallo on 4th March 2011

"So sorry to hear the news about Rudy's passing. He'll be missed on this Earth for sure. Much love and well keep your family in our prayers.

Faith & Love,

Ben J & Family"

This tribute was added by Matty Towlson on 3rd March 2011

"I'm So Very Sorry To Hear About The Loss Of Rudy Arcee, He Will Be Miss By All Who Knew Him He Will Always Be Remember, Gone But Never Forgotten. May He Rest In Peace.

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear ... "
1 John 4:18"

This tribute was added by Chuck White on 3rd March 2011

"Our Prayers go out to Abby and the entire family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Always in our thoughts..

Chuck and Sharon White & Family"

This tribute was added by Pops Franklin on 3rd March 2011

"So sorry for your loss! Knowing god takes some Angels early he will give you the strength to make it through this hard time. I will pray for you and your family! If you need anything let me know. God Bless You."

This tribute was added by Merissa Avery on 1st March 2011

"I can only imagine your sorrow by Rudy's passing. Please know that are loving thoughts are with you; may the peace which comes from the cherished memories of love from Rudy & your family & friends comfort you. May God's grace and strength be with you."

This tribute was added by Gregory Henry on 1st March 2011

"Godspeed my friend. Our prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Madge Lola-Washington on 1st March 2011

"We will keep you all in our prayers. Freddy is beside himself cuz his best Steeler's fan has gone to up to Heaven. Rudy was a good man and will be missed by everyone."

This tribute was added by Linda Watson on 1st March 2011

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Our hearts and prayers are with you. Rudy was much loved and will be missed GREATLY! He was such a sweet and kind man."

This tribute was added by Richard Patton on 1st March 2011

"I wanted to write and tell you again how sorry we are for your loss. There are never the right words to express how deeply sad I am that you have to endure your loss. Rudy will be truly missed by everyone who knew him no matter where they crossed his path in life."

This tribute was added by Rose Booker on 1st March 2011

"May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:2-12"

This tribute was added by Esther Abernathy on 1st March 2011

"Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Missing you Daddy each & every day. Praying to God you found you piece of Heaven at last."

This tribute was added by Ricky Arcee on 1st March 2011

"I'm so very sorry to hear about your Rudy's passing. I want you to know that my thoughts are with you. Rudy was such a great father and amazing man who touched the lives of many. Everyone who knew him will miss him.

Sending you much love during these difficult times old friend."

This tribute was added by George White on 1st March 2011

"Dear Abby & Family,

Please accept my sincere condolences for the sudden loss of your husband Rudy last week. Rudy was an exceptional friend and colleague who will be deeply missed by all who knew him."

This tribute was added by Miriam Arcee on 1st March 2011

"i miss you so much daddy. its just not the same without you.

The LORD bless you and keep you;the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."

This tribute was added by Thomas Arcee on 1st March 2011

"Thinking of you in your sorrow and praying for God's blessings on you and the family. You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. Much Love Abby"

This tribute was added by David Haynes on 1st March 2011

"All of us who knew your husband are deeply saddened by his passing. He was a great friend and co-worker and we will all miss him greatly. Please extend our deepest sympathy to your entire family.

David E.Haynes
Cochran Firm"

This tribute was added by Marcus Booker on 1st March 2011

"He will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Cecilia Carver on 1st March 2011

"Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your beloved Jason. I hope these flowers bring you some comfort in the days ahead.



This tribute was added by Barbera Brown on 1st March 2011

"Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply saddened by Rudy's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you.



This tribute was added by Abigail Arcee on 26th February 2011

"The days without you are lonely,
The nights without you are cold,
But even though you are gone now
That burning passion will never grow old.
Sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night ,
Just knowing that you are gone, but it makes
Me feel better knowing that you are peacefully at Home.

Goodbye my love...

Love You 4ever


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