Vernon R. Rushing
1949 - 2016
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RICHMOND HILL - Vernon R. Rushing, 66, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Savannah Hospice House surrounded by his family.
He was a lifelong resident of Richmond Hill and a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and loved karaoke. He retired from the 165th Tactical Airlift Wing after 33 years.
Vernon started volunteering in 1968 under Chief Herb Schwabe at Richmond Hill Volunteer Fire Department, was appointed assistant fire chief in 1974, and then became chief in 1997. He will always be remembered for his honor, commitment, duty, courage and brotherhood that he shared in the fire service. The long legacy that he has left behind will always be remembered and never forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Everin V. Rushing and Avie Davis Rushing.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Gail Rushing; children, Stacey Farr, Angie (Mike) Thacker, Melanie (Ed) Galbreath, Danny Anderson and Keith (Joanna) Anderson; brother, Dennis (Joan) Rushing; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel, 10512 Ford Ave. in Richmond Hill.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Bethel Baptist Church, 40 White Oak Lane in Richmond Hill. Burial will follow in the Richmond Hill First Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances can be sent to Savannah Hospice, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.
Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in BryanCountyNews from Feb. 23 to Mar. 1, 2016.
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49 entries
February 26, 2016
We're very sorry to hear of your loss. the Beasley[COHEN,AUDREY AND LANCE, LOYUA AND BUZZY AND SHARON] FAMILY sent our deepest sympathy to you and your family
JAMES C BEASLEY
Family
February 28, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Dad always spoke very highly of Vernon and his dedication and commitment to the fire department.
Susan Schwabe
February 27, 2016
Growing up in Richmond Hill was a great blessing. Back in the day I knew Vernon when Angie and Stacey were young, and I babysat them. I fondly remember Vernon singing in the choir at First Baptist. He often sang a solo of a song that might bring comfort as you morn. " Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand." I am grateful to have know the Rushing family and I know that today Vernon is holding the hand that held him all these years. Peace to you.
Cindy Newlin-Desjardins
February 27, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Vernon. He gave so much to us at the 165th, and he will be missed. God bless you.
Kim Sheppard
February 27, 2016
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Larry Reynolds
February 26, 2016
Gail,our hearts are so heavy for you right now with the loss of your wonderful Vernon. God gave him such a beautiful voice, and Vernon used it to sing praises for the Glory of GOD .We loved to watch and hear him sing in church. He is singing hallelujah songs in heaven to all of our loved ones. our love to you Gail, Ray & Mary Ward
Ray & Mary Ward
February 26, 2016
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I always enjoyed being around Vernon. We played basketball together at Richmond Hill and served together at the 165th in Savannah. You will be missed.
Mark Smith
February 26, 2016
Gail, Stacy & Angie, I'm so sorry for your loss, what a great husband, father & man Vernon was! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
Jean Walker-Rhinehart
February 26, 2016
We had lots of fun over the years working together. You will be truly missed here on earth, but heaven has gained a singing Angel. You always liked taking a trip some where; this is the best one yet. RIP - Sir Vernon Rushing. Gayle and family, you all are in our prayers during this difficult time.
Ursula Lee
February 26, 2016
Gail and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

Pratt & Debbie Stubbs
February 25, 2016
Dear Gail & Family,
We thank Vernon for his service to our community and country. We thank you for your support of your husband. Time has sure passed since we were all young. We pray for your peace. Phil and I will think about you tomorrow.
Sincerely,
Phil and Judy Jones
Phil & Judy Jones
February 25, 2016
I had the pleasure of training Vernon and he was a pleasure to work with at the 165th Airlift Wing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and Friends. May you RIP Vernon
Karen Droste
February 25, 2016
My heartfelt condolences. He was a great man. We work together at the 165th for 18 years.
William Breazeale
February 25, 2016
Ruth and Ray Carter, Sorry for the lost of Vernon. Our prayers are with you. God be with you all. Love you
February 25, 2016
Ms. Gail and family, Laura and I are saddened by the passing of Vernon and will keep each of you in our prayers.
Robbie & Laura Ford
February 24, 2016
Sorry to hear about Vernon. He was too young. I will be there Friday for the Funeral. We had a lot of great times at the Guard and the fire house.
Wendell Hill Sr
February 24, 2016
I'll always remember the time Vernon volunteered for karaoke on one of our many 165th trips together. He sang "unchained melody". We were blown away. I'll miss him. He took me under his wing in those days and I really admired him and looked up to him. He was truly a great and genuine soul. May God bless the Rushing family during this time.
Steve Brownlee
February 24, 2016
Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Love,
Hector
February 24, 2016
I won't be able to attend the visitation or funeral, but I wanted to extend my condolences to Gail and the family.
Gregory Bell
February 24, 2016
Have fond memories of Vernon and my husband (who passed away almost 2 years ago)being in the 165th and going on lots of trips. My heart goes out to all of you and you will be in my prayers.
Janice Phillips
February 24, 2016
Stacey and Angie, my love, thoughts and prayers are with you.
marian hickman
February 24, 2016
Our prays are with you during this time of sorrow. GOD bless you all!
Sue & Stephen Williamson
February 24, 2016
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life. You taught me so much! You will truly be missed.
Christina Atkins
February 24, 2016
Our prayer are with you and your family.
Sue & Stephen Williamson
February 24, 2016
My daddy new him
Lissa Coleman
February 24, 2016
Sorry for your loss. May God help ease your pain.
Marvin Hickman
February 24, 2016
Thinking of you and the family through these difficult days. Know he is at peace and there is no more suffering and pain. Love you
Dot Driggers
February 24, 2016
Vernon was a very dear and sweet person and will be greatly missed. I enjoyed working with Vernon when he with the county. I'm sorry for your loss of this special person. May God give you comfort and peace through the coming days. Will keep all of you in my prayers.
Debra Odom
February 24, 2016
Gail and all of the family,you are in my thoughts and prayers, Vernon was a wonderful man and a mentor to many, myself included from the fire department and going to the police academy for the sheriff department.
Skip Tuttle
February 24, 2016
May he rest in peace. Prayers for the family for peace and comfort at this time.
Sue Usry
February 24, 2016
I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. I was happy to have know Vernon for a number of years. I always thought highly of him and enjoyed being around him.

To my 2 lovely nieces, Stacey and Angie, I am so sorry your Daddy is gone. I know you enjoyed him immensely and now have a whole in your heart that no one else will be able to fill. I love you girls so much and will be praying for your comfort.
Gwynne Hoffecker
February 24, 2016
Gail, Steve and I have always loved Vernon and will truly miss him as so many others will. Too. We send our love and prayers to you and the family's.
Steve and Joan Rountree
February 24, 2016
Mrs Gail I know your heart is hurting and that you will miss Mr. Vernon. We will be praying for you and the family. We love you much and will be here for you. (I beat Mr. Vernon is singing in heaven!)
Dennis & Velinda Burnsed
February 24, 2016
You will always be remembered. Prayers to the family and friends.
Michael Waters
February 23, 2016
Praying for you in this time of loss
Gilbert Domeny
February 23, 2016
May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him! Prayers offered up for Vernon and all his family. A gentleman indeed! Bubba & Diane Sumerlin
February 23, 2016
May God give you all comfort and peace through this difficult time, our prayers are with y'all. He is now at his glorious home
Angie Hubbard
February 23, 2016
Angie Hubbard
February 23, 2016
Prayers for Vernon,Gail and family and friends.
Sam & Beverly Gorden
February 23, 2016
Bobby and I are so saddened, Gail, at this sad news. We rejoice with you, however, that at this very moment Vernon is with our Lord and is enjoying his heavenly rewards. There are few men as honorable as Vernon How very proud you must all be and we hope you are comforted in knowing we will all see him again. May the peace and comfort only Jesus can supply be yours in this sad, sad time. Bobby and Laura Rahn
February 23, 2016
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
John & Brendett Phillips Miles
February 23, 2016
Gail and Family, even though we did not expect Vern to leave us so soon I do know that he is at peace-now as your family and us all grieve he's looking on us to not make a fuss over him. He and I had a great time growing up together and mentoring each other, as we traveled through life- early on in church we stood by each other from being Baptized at same time and joining RHFD at same time - we started the EMS program for Bryan County and we both continued to give 26+ years there and We started the first S.O.Possee for Bryan co. We both were Charter members of The National Exchange Club. Always giving was our goal- even when it required us to watch our family grow up in pictures. A wonderful friend for life, as we double dated etc.early on and helped countless people and patients in our service,with very few Thank you's I love him for being there for me and a honest faithful friend to the very end. Thank you family for sharing him with us- Thank you Vernon !
Jimmy Gill
February 23, 2016
Our prayers and love for the family. May Gods peace fill your hearts. Mike and Susan Campbell and family.
February 23, 2016
Our prayers and love are for the family, I'm lost for words,,,, My Heart is heavy,, WE grew up together and Vernon was a wonderful leader in every thing that he was involved in,,, R.I.P.Cousin,,,,,, God bless this family
Sylvia Ann Phillips Frost
February 23, 2016
Our prayers go out to all the family. May God give you peace and comfort in this difficult time.
Don & Miriam Strickland
February 23, 2016
Gail and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers, Vernon was a wonderful man and a mentor to many, myself included, He will be remembered and missed.
Gail White
February 23, 2016
So sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed. Praying for you and the family.
KEVIN & BETH JARVIS
February 23, 2016
Sorry for loss ,prayers for your family .
Janice Rushing Pritchard
February 23, 2016
To the family of Vernon Rushing, I knew Vernon for the 33 years he was in the Air Guards and many years in the Fire Service, will miss him and my prayers go to the family. Sorry that I can't be there as I will be having surgery Thursday.
Nolan (Buddy) Salter
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