Robert E. “Bobby” Rutherford

Robert E. “Bobby” Rutherford, 81, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 28, 2021, in his home.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sherry Hall and Sammy Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal.

Bobby was born October 18, 1939, in Front Royal, Virginia, son of the late James Albert Rutherford and Lillian Williams Rutherford. He was a graduate of Warren County High School Class of 1958.

After high school he went to work for Melpar in Seven Corners, Virginia. Following that he worked as an automobile mechanic in Washington, D.C., which led him to return to his beloved Front Royal to work for Parkway Chevrolet. In 1985 he and Warren Brown, Jr. opened Brown and Rutherford Realty where he remained until his passing.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years Charlotte Menefee Rutherford; two sons Robert “Butch” Rutherford, Jr. (Jill), Larry M. Rutherford (Lisa); sister Jean Poe; five grandchildren Brooke Rutherford (Scott), Robert J. Rutherford, Joseph Rutherford, Logan Rutherford and Landon Rutherford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Robert Rutherford, Joseph Rutherford, Logan Rutherford, Landon Rutherford, as well as Steve North and Mike Kenney.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Kenney, Warren Brown, Jr., Arnold Williams, Julie Shifflett, Alan Sealock, Frank Blankenship, David Blankenship, Kelly Martin, Ginger Higgs, Jack Ramey, Ronnie Pomeroy, John Ramey and Eleanor Coons.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Front Royal Little League c/o Crystal Dolan, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1980, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 1 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Due to Covid-19 face masks or coverings are to be worn at all times during the service.

  6 comments for “Robert E. “Bobby” Rutherford

  1. Brad (B.K.) Haynes
    March 31, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Deepest Sympathy to Charlotte and all the family in your sad loss. I always enjoyed my time spent with Bobby in the real estate adventures. He was always pleasant and kind to others, and will be greatly missed.

  2. Pat Lawler
    March 31, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Charlotte I was so sorry to hear about your husband. I did not realize it until I saw the obituary that I worked with him at Parkway Chevrolet. He was a very nice man and enjoyed working with him

    My prayers for you and your family that God will help you deal with your loss and give you peace.

  3. Marty Shannon
    April 2, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Butch and family:
    Sorry for the loss of your Dad. Sounds like he was a good man and had great life. Losing your dad is tough and time will heal the loss. Take care of your self.

    Marty Shannon

  4. Charlie & Doris Wood
    April 7, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you and your family, and we will always remember the joyous memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Bobby.

  5. Keith Pomeroy
    April 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Warren County will miss Bobby for a long time. Great man , wish the family peace during these sad times.

  6. Brenda & Sonny Ramey
    April 12, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Bobby was a kind, honest and gentle man. Sonny and I always enjoyed our conversations with him. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

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