William Lewis Rudolph


Age: 95

Summary: former vice president of Krispy Kreme who helped to build the company when his brother Vernon Rudolph opened the first Krispy Kreme in North Carolina in the 1930's, in which the successful expanded and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. was incorporated in 1947 while Vernon Rudolph was president and board member, but who returned to his native Nashville, Tennessee to buy two Krispy Kreme shops in the late 1950's and opened two more in the 1960's until Krispy Kreme emerged with Beatrice Foods Co. in 1976.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: December 6, 1919

Died: December 28, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee