Robert “Bob” James Rutherford Jr. went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on March 26, 1939, in Martinez, Calif., to Robert James Rutherford and Elva Mervy Rutherford. He served in the U. S. Air Force for eight years and ultimately made his home in Fort Worth, Texas. There he worked in the printing industry for 35 years. He met the love of his life Linda, in 1993 and later moved to Brownwood in 2006. He was a member of Early First Babtist Church. Bob enjoyed working at Big Country Ford for the past five years and considered the staff his second family.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Brownwood; sister, Joan Hicks of Burleson, Texas; son, Stephen Michael Rutherford of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Barbara Lewis and husband Kevin of Early; son, Byron Lee and wife Stephanie Byrd-Lee of New Orleans, La.; grandsons, Jeremy Lewis, Matthew Lewis, and Byron Lee; granddaughters, Vivian Lee, Carolyn Lee, and Angel Rutherford; and great-grandson, Robbie Rutherford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert James Rutherford, and Elva Mervy Rutherford.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Early First Baptist Church, with Eddie Alshie and Joe Baucom officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date in Houston, Texas.

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