Norman Rudolph Barden

Norman Rudolph Barden, 88, of Raleigh, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Rudy was born on September 18, 1926 in Princeton, NC to the late Robert L. Barden and Addie Creech Barden. In addition to his parents, his brothers, David Barden and Glenn Barden, sisters, Ruth Barden Waller, Thelma Barden Powell, granddaughter, Lori Anne Morrison and daughter-in-law, Brenda Barden all preceded him in death.

Rudy, along with his older brothers and sisters was raised in the Princeton area of Johnston County, where he enjoyed a loving and happy childhood. Through the years, Rudy enjoyed numerous close friendships, many of which endured his entire lifetime. After completing high school and serving in the US Navy, he married the love of his life, Mary Joyce Stancil Barden in 1948. Rudy attended North Carolina State University, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy. After marrying Joyce, Rudy was employed by the Uniroyal Chemical Company, in a variety of management positions before finally taking an early retirement in the late 1970’s. He eventually returned to the workforce for six years, as the Executive Vice-President of the North Carolina Cemetery Association.

Rudy was a faithful Christian and a member of Crabtree Valley Baptist Church for over 40 years, during which time he served in many capacities.

He was a kind, gentle and loving person to family and friends alike. Rudy is survived by his son, Tony Barden and wife Betty of New Britain, CT; daughter, Kaye Morrison and husband Charles of Coats; son, Ray Barden of Wake Forest; daughter, Anne Barden of Raleigh; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; extended family and friends, too numerous to name.

The family will begin receiving friends at 10:00am at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. His funeral service will begin at 11:00am, after the visitation, with interment to follow at Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be made online at