Rufus Cosby Orange, 89, of Bedford, died Monday, July 14, 2014 in Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was born May 25, 1925 in Bedford County, a son of the late William Benjamin Orange and Ora Whitman Orange. Rufus was an U.S. Army veteran and a retiree of Rubatex Corp with 26 years of service. He loved listening to the Bible and fishing. He had a knack for working and fixing anything. In addition to his parents, Rufus was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Irene Elizabeth Overstreet Orange; and a son, Rufus D. Orange, Sr. He is survived by three children, Barbara Bess and her husband, Norm, and Bettysue Orange; a son, Jimmy Lee Orange; a daughter-in-law, Erma M. Orange; a brother, Steve Orange; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, PO Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. A celebration of Rufusâ€™ life was conducted at 1 PM, Thursday, July 17, 2014 in the Tharp Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Lafon officiating. Burial followed in Virginia Memorial Park. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 540.586.3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from July 23 to July 24, 2014