Young Moore Mourns Loss of Rudy Ogburn

Rudy L. Ogburn, trusts and estates attorney and trusted partner at Young Moore and Henderson, P.A. passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 after a long and valiant fight with cancer. Rudy was 65 years old.

Rudy was a devoted husband to his wife, Deb, and a warm and loving father to his three children, Reagan, David, and Langdon. In his practice of law and in his life, Rudy always acted with integrity, kindness, and decency. For all who knew him personally or professionally, Rudy was a wonderful mentor and an empathetic and loyal friend.

A native of Willow Springs, NC, Rudy attended Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and law schools. He spent several years working at First Citizens Bank before joining Young Moore where he spent the next 31 years of his career. Rudy developed the firm’s Estate Planning practice and served hundreds of families with his expertise and kind, gentle ways.

Throughout his career Rudy was active in the legal community and served in a variety of leadership roles including: President of the Wake County Estate Planning Council; Chair of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association; Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Committee of the NC State Bar; NC State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC); and Member of the ACTEC Board of Regents. He was the recipient of the 2020 NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Distinguished Service Award and was consistently recognized in Business North Carolina Legal Elite, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.

Rudy cared about giving back and spent 15 years active in the Jaycees. He believed and lived by the Jaycee Creed “…that service to humanity is the best work of life.” He served as President of the Raleigh Jaycees and Chair of the Brookhill Steeplechase during that time. He also served as Chair of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina and as a Member of the National Planned Giving Council of the American Cancer Society.

Throughout the 4 years of his illness, Rudy continued to serve others believing “Your greatest test is when you are able to bless someone else while you are going through your own storm.”  He was a lifetime participant in the Primitive Baptist Church, and most recently became a Member and Deacon of Lamms Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

“Rudy was the consummate professional. He combined his detailed command of the law with a common sense approach to solving any problem thrown his way. Our firm’s success is in no small part attributable to Rudy’s legacy. We all will miss him greatly,” said David M. Duke, Managing Partner at Young Moore.


Information on services:

  • Visitation: Monday, April 4th, from 6-8pm
  • Funeral: Tuesday, April 5th, at 2:00pm. Graveside service immediately following.
  • The funeral and visitation will be held at Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh
  • The graveside service will be at the Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh
  • Further information can be found at
  • For those who are far away, or concerned with Covid exposure, the funeral will be live streamed. The link will be posted on the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home website.

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