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Felix Emery Rutledge, Sr.

September 1, 1930 ~ January 8, 2019 (age 88)

Saltillo – Mr. Felix Emery Rutledge, Sr., 88, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness.  He was born September 1, 1930 in Houston, MS to the union of Felix Emery Rutledge and Maynette Evans Rutledge.  Upon graduating high school, he earned his BS degree from Mississippi State University.  He married Amaline Crawford on June 11, 1952. Mr. Rutledge served in the U.S. Army from August, 1954 to August, 1956 and then the Reserves for two more years following.  As a young man he worked as a real estate broker, later forming a successful business as a contractor with his sons, Rutledge Contractors, Inc.  He was a member of Tupelo First United Methodist Church.

A service of Death and Resurrection will be at 11 AM, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Fred Britton officiating.  Private burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park.  Visitation will be Saturday from 9 AM to service time at the church.  Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Amaline Crawford Rutledge of Tupelo; three sons, Mark Rutledge (Terry) of Guntown, George Rutledge (Rosemary) of Saltillo, and Felix Rutledge, Jr. (Deanna), of Tupelo; one daughter, Valerie Rutledge Dunn (Alan) of Orlando, FL; six grandchildren Keith Rutledge (Dana), Justin Dunn, Alex Dunn, Kevin Dunn, Mallory Lawson (Jeremy) and Lex Rutledge (Briahna); four step grandchildren, John Daniel (Tori), Scott Daniel, Clay Jarrell and Mary Claire Harris (Patrick).

Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Blankenship, Bill Caples, Ronnie Day, Butch Dendy, Billy Denton, Dorn Patton and Don Roberts.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS  38802 or to the charity of your choice.  Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to

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