Terry Ruthelford letter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Letter to the editor
Help sought for funeral expenses in two deaths

My name is Terry Ruthelford, We have had two tragedies in our family in the past 3 weeks. On July 16, I lost my father to Alzheimers. He was 81 yeas old. His name was Luther “Bud” Rutherford and he lived most of his life in this area.

I was his primary care taker and I was by his side when he left this world. I was comforting him when he took his last breathe. I feel like I lost my best friend and I still get up every morning thinking I have to take care of him, because I had done it for so long. I am responsible for his final expenses. I am on disabilty and not in good health, relying on 22 medications a day. I use home oxygen and use a hospital bed to sleep. I need three surgeries but I am unable to go through the anesthesia.

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On August 5 I recieved a call that tore my life apart. My 26-year-old nephew was killed in an automobile accident. He left four children, no insurance and his two daughters who suffer from cystic fibrosis.

At this time I need to call on any organizations or individuals to help me pay for my father’s final expenses, as well as my nephew’s final expenses. I live on a fixed income of $877 a month. Neither of them had any insurance. I am in debt to the funeral home for both services.

My father was a well-respected man in Panola County. He also worked for Mr. Carlton in Pope at his logging business. He also worked as a share cropper in the Crowder and Marks areas.

My nephew David Wayne “Pee Wee” Ruthelford was a truck driver for Backwoods Express here in Batesville.

I desperately need help from the great people in Panola county. Any donations are greatly appreciated can be sent to me:

Terry Ruthelford

238 Pearson St.

Batesville, MS 38606

 We are also trying to get donations of garage sale items and setting up a bake sale. My phone number is 662-563-1895.

/s/Terry G Ruthelford

(Editor’s note: Ruthelford said that the different spellings of his name from that of his father’s is due to a clerical error on his birth certificate. “They wanted so much money to fix it, I said I could live with ‘Ruthelford,’” he said.)