Robert "Rob" Rutherford
September 27, 1940 – March 10, 2019
Robert Oliver Rutherford passed away on March 10, 2019 due to a lengthy illness with brain cancer. He was born 9/27/1940 in Bokchito, Ok and was immediately returned to Paducah, TX where his parents, Willard N. Rutherford and Louise Gray Rutherford, resided. He grew up in Monahans, TX. He had one younger brother, David Leon, who preceded him in death in 2014.
He met his wife, Teresa Townley Rutherford, of 57 years, in San Angelo while attending Angelo State University. Rob was a graduate of Texas Tech with a BBA in Advertising/Marketing & had a 25 year tenure with GTE/Verizon in Economic Development & Public Affairs, living in Lewisville, Texas, Wisconsin and Brownwood, Texas before moving to Colleyville in 1989.
After retiring from GTE, he and his son, Brent, opened the SW Regional office of Fast Advertising in 1993, a promotion/marketing firm in Bedford (now Lone Star Imprints). In 2003, Rob turned over the company to his son and renewed his real estate license & got into commercial real estate full time. In 2007, he & Teresa formed their own company, Rutherford Realty in Southlake.
Rutherford is a former Zoning Board of Adjustment & Planning & Zoning Commissioner for Colleyville. He was co-founder of the Colleyville Executive Organization (CEO), & a past 10 yr. Advisory Board member of Colleyville Center, past Colleyville Lions Club President, a member of the Northeast Leadership Forum, Southlake Executive Forum, Colleyville & Southlake Chambers of Commerce & a member of the MetroTex Assn of Realtors & Texas Realtors. He served several years on the Texas Realtors Commercial Committee.
He received two prestigious Lions Club Awards – The Colleyville Lions Club “Lion of the Year” & “Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He & Teresa were honored with the Colleyville Chamber’s “Community Spirit Award” for 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa, son, Brent Rutherford & wife, Tonya, Keller & daughter, Rhonda Minica, Watauga, 3 grandchildren, Courtney Minica Medrano & husband, Vincent Medrano, Haslet, Brittany Rutherford, Haslet and Lane Rutherford & girlfriend, Kaitlin Fracassi, Denton, one uncle, Royce Lee Gray, Frisco , two sister-in-laws, Vicki Townley Carew & husband, John, Philadelphia & Kim Rutherford, Boerne, a brother-in-law, Billy Bankston & wife Glendine, Pearland, and four nephews, Bryce Bankston & wife Dawn, Pearland, Derek Bankston & wife Astrid, Pearland, Trey Rutherford, Austin & Todd Rutherford, Houston & several cousins.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Fort Worth, TX.
Visitation will be at the Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville Thursday, March 14 from 5 to 8 pm and service at Compass Church, Colleyville, on Friday, March 15 at 2 pm with reception to follow at the Colleyville Center.
- Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
Robert "Rob" Rutherford
March 14, 2019
Rob was a good friend and fellow Public Affairs Mgr. I always remember Rob's smile and always encouraging attitude to me and The GTE Employee Band.
No more suffering for my friend and now he has a New Home in Heaven. Prayers for his family.
March 14, 2019
I will always have fond memories of how devoted to the Tarrant County area Rob was. He would volunteer for just about anything - from the greeter to the speaker, Rob was there, with a smile on his face and something uplifting to share. Teresa and family, just know Rob will be missed by so many people. May you find comfort in knowing that he is meeting his maker and that he will be excepted with open arms. God bless.
Carolyn Gray Musgrave
March 13, 2019
So sorry for the family's loss of Robert, but happy for him and his all expense paid trip to Heaven. For years Robert, David, and I were the only Gray Grandchildren, so Granny called us "her triplets". Two of the triplets have now joined Granny in Heaven.