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Thomas Loudin Rutledge

Thomas Loudin RutledgeThomas Loudin Rutledge, age 75, passed from his earthly life on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in Keller, Texas.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 23 years Stacy Thompson Rutledge, of Keller, his daughter Tricia Albrecht and husband Don Albrecht, grandson Alex Albrecht and granddaughter Sarah Albrecht, all of Keller; his sister in law Linda Rutledge of Muskogee, Oklahoma; his brother and sister in law Jack and Sherrie Rutledge, of Mt Vernon; mother in law Margaret Thompson Holman, sister in law Tonya Thompson Vinyard and husband Darwin, brother in law Tyree Thompson, all of Shamrock, Texas; nephews and nieces, Gary Rutledge, Lisa and Jay Huffer, Carie and Jeff Magee, BJ Rutledge, Tiffany and Brian Ingram, Laurie and John Ethridge, Cole and Rhandyl Vineyard and Remi, Cade Vineyard and Devenie, grand nephews Jayden, Cooper and Braxton Magee, Isaac and Ethan Ingram, and grand niece Addie Ingram,  several adopted nieces and nephews (children of cousins or in-laws); numerous cousins of Rutledge and Newsom family, and many, many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Virginia Rutledge of Mt Vernon, and brother Don Rutledge, of Muskogee Oklahoma.  Tommy was born on December 25, 1942 in Purley, Texas.  He graduated from Odessa High School in 1961 and attended Arlington College. Tommy was a social, active man who loved talking, which made him an excellent salesman.  He sold beauty supplies to many salons in several Texas towns and made many life long friends of those owners and operators.  He also spent time in the dairy business in Mt Vernon, installed metal roofs, and sold insurance. In retirement he enjoyed phoning his family and friends and sharing his faith in Jesus.  He was of the Episcopalian faith.  He enjoyed recalling his life at Purley, horses, his nieces and nephews, and especially his grandchildren, Alex and Sarah.  He also enjoyed telling stories, some of which were true, it was often hard to tell which were. His family and friends will always remember him as a caring, generous, teasing, fun-loving jolly old elf; after all he was born on Christmas day, and we know his story of the star over Purley on that night.  Stacia says he made her smile every day, even if he did make her angry 5 minutes later.  
A memorial celebration of Tom’s life is scheduled on August 28th, at Tom’s beloved Liberty Cemetery in Purley, cousin Robert Newsom will officiate.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom’s life.   A visitation and lunch will  follow at the Long family farm house in the Majors Community.  Rather than flowers, donations can be sent to Baby Remi Fund, 5403 12th Street, Lubbock, Texas 89416 (checks made to Remington Vinyard) OR Gofundme.com, type in Remington Faith Vinyard in the search bar.