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Charles “Charlie” Wilmer Rutherford, age 81

Charles “Charlie” Wilmer Rutherford, 81, of Austin, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. He was born in Bristol, Virginia on September 12, 1941 to Wilmer Rutherford and Lucille Cooper.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents Wilmer and Lucille Rutherford and brother Jerry Rutherford and special cousin Tommy Rutherford.

Charlie served in the United States Army for 8 years and 8 months. He was honorably discharged as an E6-Staff Sargent. During his time in the Army, he served in Germany, Korea, Ft. Bragg NC, and Ft. Jackson SC. He was a transportation Sargent Master and a Quarter Master and won a sharp shooter medal.

Charlie enjoyed hunting, golfing, and especially loved watching his grandchildren play at sporting events. He also loved to travel, especially when it came to cruises. Charlie attended the Roberson Memorial Baptist Church in Lonoke, Arkansas. He was also a member of the Mayors Armed Forces Committee in Sulphur, Louisiana and a Disabled American Veterans member.

Charlie leaves behind his wife of 60 years Carolyn Rutherford; daughters Melinda McFerron (George) of Austin, AR and Amanda Hooper (Houston) of Rawlins, Wyoming; grandchildren Nicholas Blanford, Jonathan Blanford, and MaryAnn Blanford who will always cherish their memories with Paw Paw; and many more friends and extended family members.

A special thank you to Kindred Hospice and other caregivers who took wonderful care of Charlie.

Visitation will be held on Saturday September 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM with Funeral Services to follow at 10:00 AM at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service. 501-982-3400.


  • Tina Brewer Posted September 14, 2022 9:25 PM

    Sending my love and sincere condolences to the family

  • Connie Rutherford Kilgo Posted September 15, 2022 3:05 AM

    Rest in Peace Uncle Charles! May God comfort you all in this very difficult time. Prayers and love to all! I know our dads are having the best time together.

  • jack Cooper Posted September 15, 2022 2:22 PM

    been a long time since we played together at gr mas house in bristol, 1950s i think, rest in peace cousin

  • Jimmie Sue & Jerry Garrett Posted September 15, 2022 5:25 PM

    Sending prayers and our thoughts to all.

  • Patricia Bass Roberts Posted September 15, 2022 8:58 PM

    We had special childhood memories and I often think of you and wondered how life was treating you RIP your cousin

  • Kay Gaspatd Posted September 16, 2022 9:06 PM

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Brenda Rutherfo Posted September 17, 2022 4:54 AM

    my prayers are with you all, beautiful family beautiful memories, rest in peace Charles

  • PatStanly Posted September 18, 2022 7:05 AM

    My sincere Condolences to Mrs. Carolyn and the Daughters-and Family. I truly enjoyed and will relish the moments We had, and shared, in life.

  • hugh and maxine cooper Posted September 20, 2022 12:50 PM

    sorry for your lost

  • Priscilla H. Grace Posted September 21, 2022 11:52 AM

    So sorry for your loss.

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