Rev. Gene N. Rutledge, 71

Born in Nashville to the late C.A. and Annie Lee Hearn Rutledge, Rev. Rutledge died April 8, 2008.

He served as a minister of music, youth and education for over 30 years at Southern Baptist churches in Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana and Kentucky.

A veteran of the US Air Force, he was a graduate of Nashville West High School and Belmont College.

The family will receive friends Saturday between the hours of 12 Noon and 2 p.m. at the Hunter Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Rick Holden. Burial with military honors will follow at the Hearn Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Gretel Hoeltig Rutledge of Lake Charles, LA and children: Kenneth Alan Rutledge, Myra Lee Palmer, Janet Evelyn West and Sandra Gaye Purdy.

Also surviving is sister Donna Marie Chambers and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughte Iris Kay Call.

Memorials may be directed to Gideon International, P.O. Box 5942, Lake Charles, LA 70606.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.