|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1943|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2006|
South Carolina, USA
GREENWOOD Michael Edward Rutland, 62, of 317 Marietta Drive, husband of Peggy Prescott Rutland, died Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at the Hospice House. Born in Columbia, he was a son of Frances Smith Rutland and Leroy Rutland. He was a graduate of Clemson University and was retired
from Greenwood Mills. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Surviving is his wife of the home; his mother of Clemson; two daughters, Laine Rutland Pagan and Sarah Rutland Carter, both of Acworth, GA; a son, Robert W. Chambers of Simpsonville; two brothers, Glenn Rutland of Seneca and Frank Rutland of Clemson; five grandchildren, Rainey, Logan, Spencer and Hannah Chambers and Rachel Pagan. A special thanks to Mark Swygert, Anna Michaelis, Jessie Davis - his close companion, and also his Hospice caretakers. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, the 7th, at Old Stone Church Cemetery in Clemson with the Rev. Tom Cartledge officiating. The family members are at their respective homes. It is respectfully requested that flowers be omitted and memorials made to Hospice House, HospiceCare of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue,Greenwood, SC 29646. Harley Funeral Home & Crematory of Greenwood is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.harleyfuneralhome.com
World's Greatest Dad!
This is my DAD! He was a wonderful,
intelligent, humerous person. As my Dad
always said, he is what he is. He was a
great father, husband, brother, son, & grandfather
who will be greatly missed. I grieve
everyday for the loss of my father. He had a
HUGE impact on my life. My parents
seperated my 10th grade year of high
school and I lived with my Dad. We were
very close and did a lot of things together.
Our favorite thing was planting flowers.
I got my love of hostas from my Dad.
It is now my job to never let Rachel forget
her Papa Mike! I had no idea it would be this
hard saying goodbye to him under these
circumstances. His last few days were
horrible from what I understand. He passed
away just as he wanted to, in his sleep.
How I wish I could have been there to sit
with him and say goodbye 1 last time.
I admire my Dad's courage in fighting
this disease. It would have been selfish
of me to beg him to stay here with us,
as none of us knew exactly how he felt
or how hard it was to fight the cancer.
My Dad suffered from lung, bone, adrenal
gland, and liver cancer. The doctors say
the cancer started in his lungs and spread
from there. He didn't give up on life,
he did not want to suffer anymore.
For that reason, I can say that it was
ok for him to go because I understand.
I'm glad he's no longer suffering and
in pain anymore. Rest in peace Dad, I will
forever love and miss you! My heart is broken
that you're gone and I will never be the same!
A few poems that I stumbled apon ....
When tomorrow starts without me, Don't think
we're far apart ... For every time you think
of me, I'm right here,in your heart.
TO MY DAD ~~~~~~~ It broke my heart to
lose you, But you did not go alone.
Part of me went with you, the day God
called you home. A million times
I've thought of you, a million times
I've cried. If loving could have saved you,
you would have never died.
Forgive me Lord, I'll always weep, for
the Dad I loved but could not keep.
If tears could build a stairway
and memories were a lane
I would walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken
no time to say goodbye
you were gone before I knew it
and only God knows why,
My heart still ache in sadness
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know.
But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more.
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.
Since you will never be forgotten
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you'll always stay.
His smile was like sunshine,
Spreading warmth all over the place.
As pictures of him flow through your mind,
Warmth invades your space.
His laughter was so pure and sweet,
As he greeted every day,
You can still hear it in your mind,
As it travels out his way.
His kindness was legendary,
Always caring for his fellow man.
Such as you've not seen since he left,
And will not likely see again.
Your family was blessed to have him,
Even though the time seems small.
If you had lived and never known him,
It would have been no life at all.
So "Dad" remember, they'll always love you,
Even when memories bring tears to their eyes.
Your family circle is now broken,
To be mended one day in the sweet by and by.
Written by Mary Tootle
January 29, 2008
Written for the family of Michael
Edward Rutland 1943-2006
Leroy Edward Rutland (1917 - 1980)
Frances Smith Rutland (1919 - 2012)
Michael Edward Rutland (1943 - 2006)
Glenn Oliver Rutland (1946 - 2014)*
Old Stone Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: In Memory Of My DAD
Record added: Jan 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 12942134