September 26, 2021

Mr. Rudy Golden

Mr. Rudy Alfred Golden, 73, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

He was lovingly known for his sayings or “Rudy-isms.”

One of these became his last request made in the hours right before he passed; he chose not to be resuscitated and instead to be allowed to just “slide under the fence.”

Rudy was born at home on December 10, 1947 in Franklin, GA. He was the only child of the late William Henry and Mildred (Jones) Sanders Golden.

He graduated from Heard County High School and attended technical school to learn the machinist trade. He served in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic before being honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He then continued his career for over 40 years as a tool and die maker in the aluminum extrusion industry.

Rudy was a loving and kind man who valued privacy and never sought to be the center of attention. He was faithful and hardworking and will be missed by his family and close friends.

He is survived by his son, Chad M. Golden and his wife Brie of Greenville and daughter, Barbara “Cheryl” Whitson of LaGrange, GA; his loving companion and spiritual wife of 10 years, Betty Dillard of Greenville; nine grandchildren, Tyler Whitson, Brayden Golden, Garin Whitson, Lauren Duerk, Haley Mahon, Chandler Alexander, Andy Alexander, Caroline Chandler, Chloe Chandler; two great-grandchildren, Lincoln Duerk and Rowan Duerk.

He also leaves two brothers, Jerry Sanders and Jackie Sanders and their families and four step-children, Peggy White, Kathy Alexander, Brad Chandler, and Chad Chandler.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years and the mother of his children, Teresa Golden and a brother, Jimmy Sanders.

A graveside memorial service celebrating Rudy’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on July 31st at Heard County Memorial Gardens in Franklin, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.


  1. Lita Taylor says

    Happy he and Teresa have come together again

  2. He was my closest friend in our formative years. When I visited my aunt and uncle in Texas and we were together from sun up to sun down. He is in all my birthday pictures standing next to me. He had that dry sense of humor from the beginning.
    One summer we ate 100-pounds of creamed potatos according to Aunt Net. His Mother fixed the best graham crackers with chocolate icing on it. I think it was because she used her own churned butter. We explored but mostly we played with Tonka trucks and tractors. Even built a concrete “road” under the high back porch. I regret losing touch with him but my admiration for Rudy and my love for him has not and will not fade.

  3. Rudy was my closest friend growing up. I would visit my aunt and uncle in Texas and we did everything together, mostly playing with Tonka trucks and tractors. We even built a “road” with real concrete with our equipment. According to Aunt Net, we ate 100-pounds of potatos, mashed with plenty of butter in them. His mother Mildred was so good to me. She churned her own butter which was so good on her buscuit. She also made the best chocolat icing to top graham crackers. I regret our loss of contact but I never lost my admiration and love for Rudy.

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