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Roger Rutledge On the evening of May 20, 2014, Roger Rutledge, 67, passed away peacefully at home, comforted by Lily, his wife. Roger was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 27, 1946. He was the second child of Jean and Joseph P. ("J.P.") Rutledge, Jr. Roger grew up in Johnson City, Tennessee. He graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in History/English. Roger then joined the Peace Corps as a Rural Agriculture Extension Officer, and was stationed in Nepal, where he met his wife, Lily. She was a nurse in the Peace Corps and they met while traveling in the Himalayas. They married in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1970. Roger was appointed Vice Consul in the U.S. Foreign Service, stationed in Palermo, Italy. He graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 1977 with the degree of Juris Doctor Cum Laude. He practiced law with his father, J.P. Rutledge, at Rutledge and Rutledge Attorneys at Law. Over the years he practiced corporate law, litigation, international, family, and estate law. He enjoyed the opportunity to help people through his law practice and became good friends with many of his clients and coworkers. Roger was an accomplished musician, songwriter, guitarist, and singer. He jammed with a variety of musicians, including James Taylor, and was a part of the music scene in Memphis. Roger received his private pilot's license, and enjoyed flying his Sierra plane on many trips around the country. Roger was president of R-Track Technologies. In 2012, Roger wrote and published "A Revolution to Win: The Founder's Solution to the Current Crisis", a book about democracy in America. Roger served on the board of the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers as Chairman. He was a longtime member of Christ United Methodist Church and attended and taught lessons for the Seekers Sunday School class. He made it a priority to help others, was generous, and always took the time to listen. He was a wonderful father and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by many friends who will miss his fun loving spirit. He is survived by his wife, Lily, his daughters, Amelia Tapp and Sarah Rutledge, his brother, Jay Rutledge and sister, Julie Berg. His family will receive friends on Friday, May 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and services will be on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. all at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the Roger K. Rutledge Memorial scholarship fund, P.O. Box 38344, Germantown, TN 38183-0344. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 22, 2014.
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September 9, 2017
He was a wonderful friend, miss him and his music: Lady Margarita.
Wolf K. von Essen
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