B.P. married the love of his life, Lucille (Bandy) Carlstrom, on August 5, 1948, in San Antonio. They moved to Kenedy, where they raised their three children, Gloria, Jack, and Duane. B.P. was a devoted and involved father. He had a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ and taught Sunday School for many years. Upon his retirement in 1980, he and Lucille moved to Fayetteville, where B. P. remained very active. He pursued his love of gardening and became a Master Gardener, he travelled with Lucille, and he served at Second Mile Ministries and as a deacon at Northeast Baptist Church.
B.P. was a happy man who loved to joke and had an infectious laugh. Everyone who met him liked him. Although he was a rugged cowboy, he was one of the kindest and gentlest people you could meet. He cherished his family and was expressive in his love for them. He was a tireless worker, even into his old age, and he was a servant--especially in recent years to his dear wife of nearly 65 years.
B.P. is survived by his daughter Gloria Mills and her husband Bill of Fayetteville, his son Dr. John Rutledge and his wife Dr. Amparo Villablanca, his son Duane Rutledge, all of Sacramento, California, his grandson Scott Mills and his wife Jennifer of Springdale, Arkansas, his granddaughter Kristen Hodskins and her husband Kent of Fayetteville, five great-grandchildren: Lila, Charlotte, and Barrett Mills of Springdale and Aidan and Patrick Hodskins of Fayetteville, as well as beloved nieces and nephews.
B.P. is preceded in death by his wife Lucille, who died recently on May 26, his parents, his sisters Bessie Bee Holchak, Alice Kathryn Butler, Abbie Gail David, Fay Byrd, and his brothers Will Jay Rutledge and Jack Rutledge.
The visitation will be held at Nelson-Berna funeral home 4520 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville on Thursday July 25, 2013 from 4:00-6:00p.m.
The funeral service will be held at Chapel of Nelson-Berna funeral home on Friday July 26, 2013 at 10:00am. Interment to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens, 1728 E Mission Blvd Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Second Mile Ministries at UBC.
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