Billy Joe "Doc" Rusk
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Billy Joe "Doc" Rusk, age 79, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020. He was born in Addison, Alabama. He attended Addison High School and graduated in 1959. After living in Chicago for a short time, he moved to Birmingham and worked for Southern Railway. For the last 50 years, he dedicated his professional life to working with Metcalf Realty in Homewood. He made a lasting impact on everyone that he met with his infectious smile and his love for family and friends. He enjoyed his farm, the beach, and Alabama football. Doc is preceded in death by his parents, H.A. Rusk and Frances Rusk; son, Braxton Joseph Rusk, Sr. He is survived by his wife Martha Rusk; his daughter, Malia Rusk Stewart (Charlie) of Birmingham; grandchildren, Emma Frances Stewart, Charles Davis Stewart, III, Margaret Elaine Stewart, Braxton Joseph Rusk, Jr, and Mary Bradley Rusk; sister, Sharlene Bartlett of Addison, Al. Daughter-in-law Melinda Rusk Kaiser (Kevin) of Prattville and many beloved nieces and nephews. Private family memorial service will be held at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church on November 21, 2020 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Birmingham News from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
NOV
21
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
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November 22, 2020
Mott,
Our condolences on the loss of Doc. His infectious smile and love of life is what we remember. Shared some good times dancing around the pool and drinking rum and cokes and cold beer. Our hearts are with you at this difficult time. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Jim & Shirley Deaver
Shirley Deaver
Friend
November 22, 2020
Doc was a fellow commercial Realtor that I have worked with over the years.
I always felt like he was very professional and classy in his demeanor and enjoyed talking to him and dealing with him. Many of the younger Realtors today do not have that a professionalism.
About ten years ago, I met (and later married) a woman that went to school with Doc, in the same small town. Small world!
Doc was a good person. A dying breed of classy businessmen with high ethics. He will be missed.
Terry Ponder
Coworker
November 21, 2020
To the family:
Doc was a very special person with a smile and wonderful disposition.
We have many great memories from our time with Doc and Mott. God Bless You, we feel your pain, and please remember all the good times
Jim and Johanna Hutto, Nicole Hutto, Baylor and Gracie Olive
Jim Hutto
November 19, 2020
First class individual, well respected by his family and in his childhood hometown of Addison. He will be missed.
Shandy Porter
Family
November 18, 2020
Doc was the nicest friend a person could have. He had the rare talent of combining his compassionate allegiance with uncompromising & successful business principles. Many times over the years, I pushed him to the limit but in the end he was still Doc - my friend - one that I really cherished.
T C Cannon
Friend
November 18, 2020
Rusk family...I am praying for you in this difficult time. Some of my best memories growing up are times spent with Braxton and your family at your house and long summer trips to the beach. Doc was a great example of a loving husband and father. His love of life and others was contagious and I benefited greatly from all of my time around him. Praying that you will experience God's perfect love and peace in these days ahead...Love, ALAN
Alan Dobbins
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