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Joseph “Joe” Rufo, Jr., age 78, of Reece Ave. Mountain City, Tennessee, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his residence, following an extended illness. Joe was born on January 7, 1933 to the late Joseph and Lizzie Bates Rufo in Pittsfield, MA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest son, Anthony, and his brother, David. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Barbara Fuller Rufo; his children: Victoria, Valerie, and Joseph III; grandchildren: April, Jeromey, Timothy, Jason, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Caleb, Zachary, and Jessica; great-grandchildren: Bradley, Dakota, Matthew, Amanda, Amber, Rosemary, Kyra, Isabella, Sabrina, Chase and Jesse; a brother, Paul; sister, JoAnne and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family received friends from 2:00 until 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the funeral home with the funeral service following at 4:00 pm from the chapel of Mountain City Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Drake officiating. Special music was provided by Mrs. Jennifer Reece. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park with military honors accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers were grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, at Joe’s request, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142
At other times, the family will receive friends at the home 229 Reece Ave., Mountain City, Tn 37683.
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The family of Joseph “Joe” Rufo, Jr has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.