John Richard "Rick" Rutledge, 71, of Hernando, Mississippi, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Mr. Rutledge was a 1965 graduate of Germantown High School. He attended Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee and was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran from 1969-1971, serving in the Vietnam War. He began his retail career with Woolco and worked for Walmart for over 35 years where he retired as store manager of Walmart Supercenter in Leitchfield, Kentucky. Mr. Rutledge was an active member of Hernando Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel on Oct. 20, 2005 by Governor Ernie Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his father, John A. Rutledge, and his step-father, Forrest Fortune (Bunks). Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife, Nancy Russell Rutledge; his mother, Rosalyn Dilliard Rutledge Fortune; three children, John Christopher Rutledge (Donnita), Stephanie Roy, and Megan Vincent (Brandon); and his daughter-in-law, Michelle Rutledge. Survivors also include his siblings, Terri Stone (Art), Chuck Rutledge (Sandra), and Rose Massey (Marvin); ten grandchildren; four nephews; one niece; three great-nieces and one great-nephew. Also to mourn his loss are Nancy's children, whom he loved as his own, Stefanie Stanfill (Richard), Rob Stone (Angie), Craig Stone (Amy), Scott Stone (Amanda), and all their children. Visitation was held Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. and the funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., all at Hernando Baptist Church. Private Interment took place in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hernando Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting