Thomas Harding “Tommy” Rufty, 93, died Sunday, April 12, 2015.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Dawson Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. The Reverend Ricky Sorie and the Reverend Marshall Stewart will be presiding.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Dawson Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 9775 Thirteen Bridges Road, Enfield.
Tommy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He left the U.S. Navy in 1943 and worked for Carolina Telephone as a lineman. After meeting his wife, Mary Ednes Moore, Tommy started B&R Motors in Scotland Neck, which he ran until his retirement at the age of 91. He was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W., past president of the Kiwanis Club and Cotillion Club, member of the Board of Directors of Pioneer Savings and Loan and Scotfield Country Club; and was a member of Dawson Baptist Church. Tommy was a gifted musician, played on the Grand Ole Opry, and was the coach of the Scotland Neck Rebels for many years. An avid golfer and pilot, he loved flying and traveling. One of his favorite past times was spending time with his beloved dogs, Harley, Bo, and Max. Tommy spent his last few years making many new friends in Garner and spending time with his daughter and granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Edness Moore Rufty.
Tommy is survived by his daughter, Betty Keith and husband Jeff of Garner; his granddaughter, Jodi Parker of Raleigh; his sister-in-law, Dallas Turner of Rocky Mount; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.