Services for Benjamin M. Rudderforth of Shadyside took place Saturday at First Baptist Church of Deale. Burial followed at St. James Cemetery.
Mr. Rudderforth, 78, died at home Thursday after a lengthy bout with cancer.
Born in Washington, he retired in 1978 after 16 years as a building engineer for the Prince George's County school system. Rudderforth, previously an associate with Rudderforth Seafood in Southeast Washington, was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Mr. Rudderforth is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Rudderforth, who died in 1984.
Survivors include his devoted friend and companion, Bessie Harris; a son, Benjamin W. Rudderforth of Shadyside; seven daughters, Norita Ball of Galesville, Melvina Woodruff of Seabrook, Patricia Ann Jumbelick of Beltsville, Teresa Jett of Harwood, LindaRudderforth of Washington state, Lana McCafferty of Arizona and Melissa Rudderforth of Annapolis; a brother, Micky Rudderforth of Virginia; a sister, Katherine Nash of Woodlawn; 22 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.