Rufus Durrah, 103, of Barnesville completed his final tour of duty and was called to his eternal home with the Lord Dec. 25, 2014.Mr. Durrah was born on Aug. 22, 1911, in The Rock to the late Roxanna Harris Durrah and the late Green Durrah. He was one of eight children born to this union. Rufus was educated in the Lamar County school system, attending Barnesville Industrial School. He joined the Army in 1942, serving a four year tour and being honorably discharged in 1946. While in the military, he served in World War II and was decorated with many awards including the WWII Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the American Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. After leaving the military, Rufus moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he became an entrepreneur, owning a grocery store and rental properties. Upon retirement, he moved to Dade City, Fla., and later moved back home to Barnesville to be near family and friends.He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Minnie Durrah, Emmie Holloway, Mattie Ivey, Edgar Durrah, Jake Durrah, Lillie Brady and Ruby Drinkard. He had a kind spirit and was loved by all who knew him.Survivors include a daughter, Patsy K. Mann of Barnesville; a granddaughter, Lakeisha Mann of Hampton; a grandson, Miguel Ogletree of Hampton; nieces and nephews, Louise Gordon of Cleveland, Willie Lee Benson of Pittsburgh, Penn., Lillian King (Harry) of Cleveland, Don Durrah of Atlanta, Hasel Smith (Burton) of Roswell, Edward Brady (Bonnie) and Jean Carr of Cincinnati and Harold Ivey (Elouise) of Barnesville; 14 great-nieces and 14 great-nephews; and a host of other family and friends who will miss him dearly.Services were held at 12 noon Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Welcome Grove Baptist Church in Thomaston. Revs. Randy King and Eddie F. Collier officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.Trice Funeral Home in Barnesville had charge of arrangements.
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