Joseph Raoul Rutland, 81, a resident of Mitchell Station, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from Gray Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gene Nelson officiating. There will be a private burial in Three Notch Cemetery with Gray Funeral Home directing.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Joseph Raoul Rutland and Morgan Johnston Rutland, his grandson, Steven Kort Whittle, sister Ann Elizabeth Jordan, and brother William David Rutland, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Francis Johnston Rutland; children: Joseph Raoul Rutland, Jr. and his wife, Pamela and Francis Lillian Rutland Whittle and her husband, Steven; six grandchildren: Kacy Claire Rutland, Lillian Francis Whittle, Noah Joseph Whittle, Morgan Jacob Whittle, and Anne Rose Whittle; brother: Louis Cooper (Judy) Rutland; sister-in-law: Martha Parsons.

Pallbearers will be Tommy McGough IV, Irl Long, James Morton, Cooper Rutland, Ralph Griswold, and Allyn Thames.

The family will receive friends at Gray Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Monday.

Memorials may be made to Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church.

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