Richard Windly Rhue

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LAURINBURG — Richard Windly Rhue, 79, passed away on June 8, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife Geraldine Laviner Rhue, his son, District Court judge the Hon. Chris Rhue and wife Dr. Jennifer Isenhour Rhue, his brothers Charles Rhue (Marina) of Colonial Heights, Virginia, Jather Rhue (Rita) of Jacksonville, Florida, Floyd Rhue (Carol) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Aubrey Rhue (Elizabeth) of Anniston, Alabama, his sister Darlene Stewart (Randy) of Laurinburg, and his granddaughter Vivienne Grace Rhue. He was preceded in death by his brothers Emmett D. Rhue and Luther Rhue and his sisters Barbara Ann Rhue and Myrtle Rhue.

Born June 19, 1935 in Vanceboro, he was a son of the late John Emmett and Kathleen Laughinghouse Rhue. He received a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, but elected to join the U.S. Navy where he was a Korean Conflict and Vietnam war veteran. He remained with the Navy for almost 20 years – retiring as a chief petty officer - before beginning his second life with McKesson Chemical. During that time he graduated at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina as his class valedictorian.

Returning to Scotland County, he was a farmer and began service as a magistrate judge in 1986, serving his preferred night shift. That allowed him the daylight hours to spend with his wife and son. With their help he kept a five-acre garden growing grapes and produce, most which was given to friends.

He is a recipient of the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine," North Carolina's highest civilian award, and the "Wall of Honor" from the Scotland County Law Enforcement Association.

Memorials are requested for Hospice of Scotland County, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353 or Scotland Memorial Foundation, 500 Lauchwood Dr., Laurinburg, NC 28352.

Visitation will befrom 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium.

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McDougald Funeral Home & Crematorium
305 East Church Street
Laurinburg, NC 28353
(910) 276-2200
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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from June 9 to June 10, 2015
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