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Born: Geleater Lewis Rutledge (China Mae) was born on November 2, 1923 in Alachua, Florida to Clayton Lewis and Eliza Washington Jones. 
Married:  Charles C. Rutledge on November 19, 1942 until his passing on March 21, 2014 School:  Attended Pinellas county schools Employment: 
Domestic house keeper, kitchen staff at Mease Manor facility, and homemaker. 
Church Affiliation: Mount Zion United Methodist Church. She was very
active in her church: United Methodist Women, Senior Choir, and 
Senior Living It Up Ministry. She loved attending Sunday School and Church services. 
Community Activist:  Supported her husband, Charles C. Rutledge, in the 1964 lawsuit to establish racial equality in Pinellas County Schools.  She also
encouraged her children and children of the community 
to participate in sit-ins and marches with the local NAACP to desegregate the movie theaters and
restaurants in Clearwater. 
Community Affiliations:  Golden Heritage Lifetime Member of the NAACP Fraternal Order Of:  Golden Blossom #67, Order of Eastern Star 
Welcoming her to Glory:  her husband, Charles C. Rutledge, sons Charles L. Rutledge and Samuel J. Rutledge, father, mother, brothers, sisters, father-in-law, mother-in law,
brother-in-law, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, and cousins. 
Memories will be cherished by: children Lola C. Young (Robert); Spencer C. Rutledge; Alphonso M. Rutledge,
all of Clearwater, FL; and Janice Faye Mobley of St. Petersburg, FL; 20 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Earnestine Williams of Seattle, WA,
and LoAnner Rutledge of Clearwater, FL brother-in-law: Talmadge Rutledge of Clearwater; FL,, godchildren: Joseph Collis of Shorter, AL and Marlinda Neal of Clearwater, FL
and a host of “adopted family”, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    Mother I'm going to miss you...I'll cherish your memory! Rest in peace sweet Angel!! Love always ......Laurel & the girls
    ~ Laurel Braswell   Clearwater, FL
  • Friday, June 22, 2018
    Your Mom was a gift and will be sorely missed.
    ~ Lynne Robinson   Xlearwater, FL
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    My heart goes out to Geleater family and friends during this sad and difficult time. As you try to find ways to get through one day at a time, please find comfort from Isaiah 33:24 - And no resident will say: “I am sick.” God never intended mankind to get sick, grow old or die. Rev 21:4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Soon almighty God, Jehovah promises to resurrect those lost in death. John 5:28, 29 Warmest regards.
    ~ Cheryl J.   St. Petersburg, FL
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    My heart goes out to Geleater family and friends during this sad and difficult time. As you try to find ways to get through one day at a time, please find comfort from Isaiah 33:24 - And no resident will say: “I am sick.” God never intended mankind to get sick, grow old or die. Rev 21:4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Soon almighty God, Jehovah promises to resurrect those lost in death. John 5:28, 29 Warmest regards.
    ~ Cheryl J.   St. Petersburg, FL
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    My heart goes out to Geleater family and friends during this sad and difficult time. As you try to find ways to get through one day at a time, please find comfort from Isaiah 33:24 - And no resident will say: “I am sick.” God never intended mankind to get sick, grow old or die. Rev 21:4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Soon almighty God, Jehovah promises to resurrect those lost in death. John 5:28, 29 Warmest regards.
    ~ Cheryl J.   St. Petersburg, FL