William Smith Rutledge

Published 12:33 am Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Funeral Services for William Smith Rutledge, 85, of Picayune, Miss., who passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012 will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Methodist Church,138 Hickory Grove Church Rd, Sumrall, MS 39482.

Visitation was held Monday, November 19, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home; and also on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 12-2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Methodist Church.

Burial will be in Advance Cemetery, Lamar County, Miss., under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

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The Rev. Jim Biedenharn will officiate the service.

A native of Sumrall, Miss., he was a Regional Director for the AWIU and a member of First United Methodist Church. He served during WWII, and was stationed at Supreme Allied Headquarters. He was a member of the Moses Cook Lodge #111. Bill was past president of the Sons of the American Revolution, John Wheat Chapter. He was chaplain of the VFW Post # 3804, and the American Legion Post # 73. Bill was also past secretary of the Mississippi Masonic Home Association. He was a very active member of the Picayune Senior Center.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Bishop L. Rutledge and Amanda Harrell Rutledge; his wife, Katherine Hart Rutledge; and four sisters, Catherine Miller, Mary Keller, Geneva Miller, and Victoria Vanderpool.

Survivors include: his daughter, Amy Yuspeh and husband Wayne; his son, Mark Rutledge and wife Ellen; his grandchildren, Michael Yuspeh, Sara Dick and husband Randon, Arielle Yuspeh, Amanda Rutledge, Joseph Rutledge, and Victoria Zemke; his great-granddaughters, Isabella Dick and Emma Claire Dick; and his lady friend, Juanita Gex.

Obituary, register book, and driving directions can be found on the internet page, at www.mcdonaldfh.com.