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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1914

As a proud member of the Stevenson community since 1914, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

The Rudder family has been involved in funeral service since 1914. J.F. ''Mr. Jack'' Rudder and Col. Ben Ellis established the funeral home in Stevenson, Alabama by offering caskets and a horse-drawn hearse service.Upon the death of Col. Ellis, ''Jack'' became sole owner of the funeral home. He began expansion and modernization of his business in 1927 when he purchased his first motorized hearse, (although he never learned to drive it.)

The second generation A.G. ''Dinky'' Rudder started working at the funeral home shortly after that, and in 1932, he completed mortuary school at Gupton-Jones in Nashville, Tenn.

In the early 1950s, the third generation, John E. Rudder, started working at the funeral home. In 1957, he also completed his education at Gupton-Jones in Nashville. John E. continued to work alongside his father, A.G. ''Dinky'' until his father's death in August 1967.

In 1977, the fourth generation started to work in the family business. John Cook Rudder graduated Mortuary School in Birmingham at Jefferson State Community College in 1982. In April of 1983, the Rudders bought the old Word Funeral Home in Scottsboro, Alabama, and renovations began. Open house was held on Sunday, June 1, 1984, and the new facility began its operation.

In 2002, the fifth generation, Lucas Rudder, started working at the funeral home in Scottsboro and graduated from Jefferson State Community College in 2008.

Not only have the men of the Rudder family been involved in funeral service, but the women have made considerable contributions to our growth, as well. Mary Anna Rudder, wife of A.G. ''Dinky'' Rudder, started a flower shop near the funeral home when it was located near the old Simpson home. When the funeral home moved to the new building in 1975, a new flower shop was built behind it.


Legacies Honored


Years in Business


Moments Remembered

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

Mr. John E. Rudder

Mr. John E. Rudder

President - Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mr. Joey Guess

Mr. Joey Guess

Funeral Director/Embalmer

A.G. "Dinky" Rudder

A.G. "Dinky" Rudder


Jack Foster Rudder

Jack Foster Rudder


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Our Locations

A place of healing

We welcome you to explore the Rudder Funeral Home facilities, and invite you to discover a comforting and peaceful place to honor your loved one.

We're here for you

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family

Seamless Arrangements

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and cemetery plans.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Around the Clock Support

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Hear from the families we've served

“Excellent staff. Caring and knowledgeable. The Precise family is very appreciative of your time and service.”

Author: Jason Saint rated with 5 stars

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Associations & Awards

Honoring excellence

We’re honored to be recognized for our dedication to excellence and genuine care. Explore the esteemed associations we're a part of, and the awards that celebrate our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our Awards

Rudder Funeral Home is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Rudder Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.