Rufus C. Orange

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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 Rufus’ 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 Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 540.586.3443.

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320 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA 24523-1928
(540) 586-3443
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from July 23 to July 24, 2014
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