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Joan Rutherford
June 26, 1943 - February 4, 2021

Mrs. Joan Rutherford of Trumann departed this life on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, AR., at the age of 77 years 7 months and 9 days. She was born in Lake City, AR to the late Hugh and Lillian Grace Hurdle Worden and had lived over 20 years in Trumann coming from West Memphis.  She was a retired English teacher from West Memphis High School receiving her bachelors degree from Henderson State in Arkadelphia, AR and a member of the Parkview Missionary Baptist Church in Trumann.  She was preceded in death by her parents.         Joan is survived by her husband of 44 years, Calvin Rutherford of the home; two daughters, Renee “Tommy” Taylor of Poplar Bluff, MO., and Wendy “Lee Ray” Pickrell of Grandin, Mo; and cousins, Hilton & “Ina Raye” Hurdle and their son Matt and “Amanda” Hurdle and their son Knox & their daughter Alexis & “John” Besharse. Denise Chaney, Gina Dycus and Melvin Dycus Jr.  4 grandchildren; Rachael Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Sara Beth Taylor and Callee Pickrell, and close friends, Bobby and Carolyn Fletcher.      A Celebration of Life graveside service will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Vincent and Rev. Wayne Hillis officiating.  Burial will follow with Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann in charge of arrangements      In compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering is required, a Covid-19 acknowledgement form is required to be signed and social distancing will be observed.       Memorials may be made to the Parkview Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1042 in Trumann, Ark.       Online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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February 8, 2021
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery
3910 Harrisburg Road
Jonesboro, AR 72404
(870)932-6532

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  1. Jim and Brenda Karber; Mildred Roberson; Ron Roberson, ARKADELPHIA says

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Joan. We have many fond memories of her. She was a very good friend. I know her family will miss her greatly. RIP sweet lady.

  2. Lynn Osment, Trumann, Ar says

    So sorry for your loss. May each of you feel the presence and comfort of God!! My love and thoughts and prayers for each of you

  3. Marie Wood, Germantown, TN says

    I cannot express the feeling of loss I have at the passing of my wonderful friend. She was the sister that neither of us ever had, and a bond grew from our love of teaching, books, and companionship. There is a void in my soul that will never be filled, but God knew that she needed to find peace at the feet of Jesus.

  4. Brenda Branch, says

    Love you and miss you!!!!you were a wonderful friend!

  5. Stephen F Amaral, Crossville, Tennessee says

    Dear Calvin and the whole “Rutherford Family.” My Most Heartfelt Sympathy & Condolences, to you and the family. Such a beautiful and wonderful woman, inside and out. Prayers to you, the family and the extended family of Parkview Missionary Baptist Church; for she will truly be missed.

  6. Susan Young (Walters), Greenbriar,AR says

    Prayers for the family and friends! Susan (Young)Walters.

  7. Gaylynn Clements, Eads, TN says

    I taught school with Joan at East Junior High School in Wets Memphis. She was a lovely, smart and funny friend. I loved her, and so did many other friends. Godbless Joan and her loved ones. Rest In Peace.

  8. MaryLee Brock Cunningham , JONESBORO says

    So sorry for your family's loss.

  9. Fred and Lois Farmer, Trumann, AR. says

    Sorry for your loss Calvin, praying for you and your family. Fred and Lois Farmer

  10. Shirley Moore, Marion Ar says

    Calvin, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Joan. She was a sweet lady. I will always remember the time you and she shared with our family during the loss of my brother Chubby. Our thoughts and prayer are with you at this time.

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