Raymond Lee Rutherford Sr

November 6, 1933December 28, 2020

Raymond Lee Rutherford Sr, 87, of Amarillo passed from this life to glory on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 1pm to 5pm at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St in Amarillo. Funeral Services will be held in the funeral home’s Pioneer Chapel on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2pm with Lance Herrington presiding. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery, 14200 Interstate 27 South in Amarillo.

Raymond was born on November 6, 1933 in Waco, Texas to Elzie and Clara (Movara) Rutherford. He was raised in the Waco area most of his life. After graduating high school, he entered nurses training where he would meet his future wife Mary Jo Hester, a marriage that would last 64 years.

Raymond was one of the first male nurses to be commissioned as an officer in the Army Medical Corp. He received anesthesia training in the US Army and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Prior to leaving the Army for the private sector, he achieved the rank of Captain.

He practiced anesthesia for the next 50 years, both in Amarillo and the surrounding areas. He found great pleasure in fishing, gardening, coin collecting, and was an avid bowler. He became a member of Paramount Baptist Church shortly after its inception, where he was a member of the King’s Men Sunday School Class.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and sister in law Billie Jean. Those left to cherish his memories are his beloved wife Mary Jo (Hester) Rutherford, sons Raymond Lee Rutherford Jr, Douglas Wayne Rutherford and wife Trulene, and Brian Keith Rutherford, his brother Charles Ray Rutherford; as well as grandchildren Mindy, Shayne, and Nichole, and great-grandchildren Joseph and Henry.


  • The King's Men Sunday School Class of Paramount Baptist Church, Honourary Bearers


  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021



Raymond Lee Rutherford Sr

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Mindy Rutherford

January 2, 2021

My hero and my first best friend is with God in his grace and glory. Pops, there are so many memories. Too many to list here. I could write a book about our journeys in life together. First, I want to thank God for making you my Grandfather. The world is a different place without you in it. After my time is done here on Earth, I have faith that I will see you again. Until then, I will miss you with all of my heart and soul. Being your first grandchild, I was completely spoiled by you. You could never tell me "no". You taught me how to fish. I get my witty personality from you. I will never forget your smile and your laughter. No one can make a chocolate cake from scratch like you did. If ever I smell pipe tobacco or Old Spice aftershave, I will definitely think of you. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for blessing me with a happy life and an unforgettable childhood. You were a big kid yourself. I miss you. I loved you then, I love you still. I always have, I always will.
❤ Always alive in my loving memory,
Your oldest grandchild,
Mindy Dawn Rutherford

Rex Martin

January 1, 2021

I fondly recall the days of the Red River “High Fun Slide”...

One day, Wayne, Lee, and I were out there shutting down for weather and playing our favorite music - probably Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

That’s when Ray gave me a favorite and often repeated quote: Ray said, “That’s not music, It sounds like a dyin’ calf in a hail storm”.
Still makes me laugh...

Sondra Hester

December 31, 2020

Mary Jo I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Raymond as always friendly and took time to visit with me. I know how you will miss him. I pray for comfort and blessings for you and all the family . I am sorry I can not be with you but Covid prevents me from traveling .

Nichole Rutherford Murrow

December 30, 2020

The heart of our family!!!

Nichole Rutherford Murrow

December 30, 2020

I am going to miss you so much pops. You are my best friend the best pops a girl could ever ask for! I love you with all my heart and i will cherish all of my memories with you forever. You taught me how to make your special chocolate cake and i am going to keep it alive! I will miss all your home cooked meals the veggies straight from your garden. I will miss your smile and laugh and how you always drew the bone pile in chicken foot. I love you pops i wish you could have been here with me forever! Ill see you again though and that day will be glorious! I love you
Love your granddaughter