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Jessie Rutherford

Jessie Charles “JC” Rutherford, 91, recently of Overland Park, KS, and long term resident of Cape County, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park.

He was born Nov. 10, 1930, in Tuscumbia, AL, to the late Herbert John and Magnolia “Nola” Smith Rutherford.

Jessie proudly served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1953.

He and Jacqueline “Jackie” Williams were united in marriage Feb. 19, 1956, in Independence. They shared 66 years together.

Jessie was sole proprietor of a large drywall company in the Chicago, IL, area until moving to Cape Girardeau in 1971. In Cape, he continued in the construction business as well as owning and operating a successful cattle and row crop farm. He later moved to Oak Ridge then to Jackson until recently when he relocated to Overland Park, KS, to be closer to his family. He was a member of First General Baptist Church in Cape.

Loving survivors include his wife, Jackie Rutherford of Overland Park, KS; daughter, Jo Carol of Palm City, FL, and sons, Jeffrey Charles of Riverview, FL, and James Curtis of Overland Park, KS; brother, Aubrey Rutherford of Millersville; sister, Betty Stockton of Catron; grandson, James Rutherford Johnston of Raleigh NC, granddaughters, Janelle Christine, Julie Cailyn and Jenna Catherine Rutherford all of Overland Park, KS, and great granddaughters, Eva Mei and Maren Yen Johnston of Raleigh, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Milton Rutherford.

Visitation will be Friday, April 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel. Funeral service will be Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Keith Luke officiating.

Entombment with full military honors will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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