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Friday, March 14, 2008

James "Jim" Rutledge Passing; Douglass H.S. Alumnus

NEWPORT NEWS - James 'Jim' Rutledge Sr., our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, left to be with the Lord on March 6, 2008, with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 20, 1937, in Tennessee. He graduated from Douglass High School, Kingsport, Tennessee. As an Army recruit, he fought in the Vietnam War, and eventually settled in Virginia. He was a career maintenance man at area residential-business establishments. He is remembered as a caring man with a great sense of humor and big family values. He was a huge 'Redskins' fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dayton and Ora Lee Rutledge; his sisters, Clara McClintock, Elizabeth Carr; brother, Jackie Rutledge; and former wife, Linda.

James leaves to cherish his memories his children, Cecelia (Tenn), Crystal, Karmaleta (Michael), Linda Rena' (Kenny), James (Diane) and Karen; a brother, Carl Rutledge (Tenn) and his children; 22 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13th, at Antioch Baptist Church, 1563 Old Buckroe Road, Hampton, with the Rev. Dr. Raymond Lassiter Jr. officiating. Interment was at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Va.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Smith Brothers Funeral Home or dropped off at 179 Sesco Drive to Crystal and/or 742-18th St., Newport News.