November 20, 1946 ~ August 21, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

John David Rutherford, 74, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Mission Hospital.

Mr. Rutherford was born November 20, 1946, in Asheville, to the late Weaver and Catherine Threlkel Rutherford. He was a graduate of Enka High School and formerly managed the First Step Farm.

He is survived by his daughter, Kristen Rutherford Williams (Jay) and grandchildren, Cole and Karter Williams. He was preceded in death by a brother, Polk Rutherford.

Private inurnment will be at Francis Asbury United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Francis Asbury Church, PO Box 67, Candler, NC 28715.

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Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. David, you were a charmer. You were my next-door-neighbor in Enka, and I loved you. You and Polk made my transition from the city (Asheville) to the country bearable. You were so funny and adorable. We didn’t stay in touch, but I always thought of you with the greatest fondness, and your passing is so sad for me. RIP you little, blond imp!

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  2. David, you were a charmer. You were my next-door-neighbor in Enka, and I loved you. You and Polk made my transition from the city (Asheville) to the country bearable. You were so funny and adorable. We didn’t stay in touch, but I always thought of you with the greatest fondness, and your passing is so sad for me. RIP you little, blond imp!

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  3. Your sense of humor and wit will not be forgotten. But your dedication to helping so many others will last for generations. Thank you 🙏🏽

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  4. I thank you for all the laughs and support this past year. You truly were one of a kind. I miss you, Friend! Much love, Tianna

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  5. David,

    Thank you for seeing the best in everyone around you. You were one of the most kind and gentle men I’ve ever met. Thank you for sharing your light with so many.

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  6. I’m am so sorry to learn of David’s passing and also Polk’s. Their parents were dear friends; and Kit, his mom, and I taught English together at Enka High school. David was a good person who was loved. He did so much positive work for folks at First Step Farm.

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  7. Thanks for your friendship since Enka HS days. You have left with me many fond and crazy memories. You were always a true friend to me. You will missed and never forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again soon.

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  8. David was a great neighbor and Joe Mashburn and I sure shared his love of tomatoes. Every year we competed to see who had the first harvest. Enjoyed our conversation over the years.

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  9. Rest in peace dear friend . From the time we were in 3rd grade everytime I saw you we had to laugh about our fun times at Candler Elementary and Enka High School Ithink of you often God bless you and your family

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  10. David, you showed us how to live life with honesty, openmindedness, willingness and love. And humor and goodwill. We’ll surely miss you.
    Dick Jordan

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  11. Dear David,
    Greg and I are so sad to hear of your passing. I will always be grateful to you for showing me a new way to live. Greg remembers all of the great joy he shared with you as his step-dad. You were a wonderful man and I have and will always cherish the time we shared together. We love you, Cheryl and Greg

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  12. David, thank you for so many things, for being a steady and calming presence in my life, and for reminding me to laugh at myself. Your quick wit, kindness, wisdom, and friendship are already so deeply missed. I’m so grateful to have known such a beautiful human. Rest in power my friend, may there be the finest bicycles wherever you are.

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  13. wow i just learned this by googling my ol and dear friend. I was at his home helped him remodel it, and we had many many long talks. I am saddened tonight..

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