Rudolph Meingrode Mayer | January 21,1928 - June 17,2015


Rudolph Meingrode Mayer died peacefully in his sleep from many terminal illnesses including dementia at Wm Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Columbia South Carolina at the age of 87.

Rudolph is survived by wife Rosa Mae Mayer, sons Conrade and Johnny Michael, daughter Juanita, step daughter Sandra Bowman, granddaughter Meshon Pratt, grandson Donte Mayer, great granddaughter Sadea Riddick, daughter in laws Melody Granger Mayer and Patty Homo Mayer, and sister Vivian Jemison Page. He is preceded in death by his father John D Mayer; mother Annie Mae Dewberry Mayer, sister Catherine Richards, and brother John Mayer.

Rudolph was born on January 1, 1928, at Hillman Hospital in Jefferson County, Birmingham, AL. He graduated from Parker High School in 1946, and immediately enlisted in the Air Force. Rudolph married Rosa Mae Mayer April 28, 1958, at 4:55p.m. in Sumter, SC; never one to put things off until tomorrow, Rudolph and Rosa got married 5 minutes before the courthouse closed for the day!

Rudolph served in the Air Force for over 21 years. During his time in the military he fought for his country and received many awards including one that stated that he had excellent Character and Efficiency and was favorably considered for the Good Conduct Clasp. Rudolph honorably retired from the Air Force at McClellan AFB in North Highlands, CA. Upon retiring from the military he settled in Rancho Cordova, CA where he lived with his wife and children while going on to work for the Sacramento Army Depot. He remained in Rancho Cordova until 2006 when he moved with Rosa, back to Columbia South Carolina.

Rudolph loved watching football, baseball and boxing, but most of all he loved listening to music from greats like James Brown, Al Green and his all-time favorite Freddy Fender - he wore the grooves off that record! Although Rudolph was mostly a quite individual, he loved to entertain family and friends. Rudolph and Rosa threw some great parties back in the day! Rudolph also enjoyed watching old westerns and sitcoms including Sanford and Sons!

Rudolph Mayer would do anything for his family, including driving them by himself across country to visit family straight through from California to Birmingham AL and then from there to South Carolina. Rudolph loved his family.

Funeral Services have been scheduled for Saturday June 27, 2015, at 11am, at Leevy’s Funeral Home, 1831 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201. A reception will follow at {location}. Final resting will be Monday June 29th 10am at Fort Jackson Cemetery, 4170 Percival Rd, Columbia, SC. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rudolph’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Salvation Army or any other service organizations that help the men and women in the military. The family would like to thank the staff at Wm Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and the Warriors Walk divisions for their care during our father’s time of need.