Mary Haddox Rutland

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary “Tiny” Haddox Rutland were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Victory Baptist Church in Bassfield with Dr. Nathan Barber officiating, assisted by Rev. Mike Aultman.  Interment followed in the Double Churches Cemetery.  Mrs. Rutland, age 91, entered into the eternal rest of her Lord peacefully Wednesday morning, July 19, 2023, at her home with her husband and daughters by her side.  Saulters Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with ar-rangements.

The Rutland family received friends Saturday, two hours prior to the service, beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church.

Serving as pallbearers were Allen Sumrall, Herman Sumrall, Tony Rutland, Drew Clark, Neal English and Richard Doss.  Honorary pallbearers included Jeffrey Newell, Joseph Newell, Brannan Newell and Tony McAlister.

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Born August 5, 1931, in Marion County, she was a 1949 graduate of Improve High School and mar-ried the love of her life, Cliff Rutland of Bassfield on Dec. 31, 1949, moving their home to Hatties-burg for 30 years.  After retiring from the University of Southern Mississippi Post Office, she en-joyed being at home working in her yard and crocheting.  She was known as an excellent cook and baker.

Mary loved her Lord and served Him at Victory Baptist Church.  She also loved her family and was generous in helping anyone in any way that she could.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vester and Letha Prine Haddox and her daughter, Joyce Rutland Newell.

She is survived by her husband of over 73 years, Cliff Rutland of Bassfield; daughters, Jackie Rutland Lott of Bassfield and Sandy (Tony) McAlister of Hattiesburg; grandchildren, Jeffrey Newell (Tracie) of Guntown, Joseph Newell (Teletha) of Tupelo, Leslie Lott of Metairie, Louisiana  and Andrew Lott (Jaici) of Oxford, Alabama; great-grandchildren, Brannan Newell of Guntown and Finn Lott of Oxford, Alabama; sisters, Jewel Morgan of Powder Springs, Georgia and Moree English of Columbia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to: Double Churches Cemetery, 1015 Sum-rall Road, Bassfield 39421,

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