Joan Rutherford

joan rutherford

July 2, 1940 ~ January 20, 2020

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Joan Butler Rutherford, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020. Joan was born in Atlanta in 1940 and graduated from O’Keefe High School and Georgia State University. Joan was a loving homemaker until her daughters graduated high school and then returned to college herself. Joan majored in Risk Management and was a successful Real Estate agent for many years. Joan was a devout Christian, an avid reader, cook and seamstress who loved her family and friends. In most recent years in addition to family and friends, she treasured her dog, Kingsley who brought her much happiness and comfort. She was trusted immensely, respected deeply, treasured dearly and will be always missed by both family and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, James Taylor Rutherford; and sister Judy Butler Strickland. She is survived by daughters JoLynn Thornton and Julie Rutherford; grandchildren Jessica, Richard, Julie and Lynette; great grandchildren Aloura, Addison, Taylor James, Amorie, Baylee, Owen, twin girls on the way, Brighton and Hudson; niece and nephews Jill, John and James. Joan is also survived by sister in law, Mary Castleberry, Aunt Jackie and Uncle Charlie Baugh, Holly Calmes and Charles Baugh. A memorial service will be held in the spring at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. An announcement will be made by Wages and Sons in Stone Mountain at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Team Owen Cystic Fibrosis Fort Worth, Texas Foundation are appreciated.


Celebration of Life: July 2, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Smoke Rise Baptist
5901 Hugh Howell Rd.
Stone Mtn., GA 30087


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  1. To Joan’s Sweet Family,

    We had no idea your mother was sick. Bobby and often talked about Joan and Jim and the good times they had growing up together. He just asked last week had I heard from her. Both JoLynn and Julie were a little older than Bonnie. I learned so much from her when I became a mother. Joan was kind, thoughtful and loving. She is and always be in love with Jim. JoLynn and Julie you are adored as well as your families. My hope is knowing this will bring you Peace and Comfort the rest of your lives when you think about her. Much love, Flo

  2. CandleImageMimi was a beautiful singing light on this Earth. She will be missed dearly here, but now shines that same warm and giving light with all of the souls in heaven. God speed Joan “Mimi” Rutherford.

  3. So saddened to learn of Joan’s death..we had so many years together with our young children, when we were both newly married and newly mothers…we visited each other’s houses and loved each other’s little ones…our bond from high school just grew richer with our other friends from O’Keefe. The world is not nearly as kind or as caring a place without her and her generous spirit and love. I send my love and prayers to the girls and know that they are blessed in their present lives because of the life she led. I am sad that I did not know she was ill…but we will meet again. You are unforgettable, dear Joan.

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