Disaster relief coordinator Joe Dudney dies at 91

'The church does the work and the Lord gets the credit' was the motto of the longtime director of Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort.
Joe Dudney, who coordinated the distribution of millions of dollars’ worth of aid to disaster victims across the nation, died June 24 in Nashville, Tenn. He was 91.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. June 26 and beginning at 10 a.m. June 27 at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville. The funeral begins at noon June 27.

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Joe Dudney stands next to boxes of relief items in the warehouse of Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort in 2013. (PHOTO BY TED PARKS)

Dudney, who was born on a farm in rural Tennessee, served as an elder of the Brentwood Hills church for 21 years. 

At age 67, soon after he retired as a manager for a state agriculture agency, he became vice president and executive director of the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort.
He displayed boundless energy and could “outrun and outwork” most of the ministry’s volunteers, his coworkers told The Christian Chronicle.
The nonprofit is a first responder to natural disasters within the United States, sending food, cleaning supplies and other necessities to Churches of Christ in affected areas, where members distribute them to those in need, according to its website.
“The church does the work and the Lord gets the credit,” Dudney said in a 2004 Dialogue with the Chronicle
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort,  410 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37211.

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