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Edgar Rufus Heustess, Jr.

Obituary for Edgar Rufus Heustess, Jr.

September 17, 1928 - October 19, 2017
Elizabethtonwn, North Carolina | Age 89


After a brief illness, Edgar Rufus Heustess, Jr. is now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rufus was born on September 17, 1928 to Edgar and Jeanette Heustess, who have preceded him in death. On May 27, 1950, he married the love of his life, Eleanor Hooks Heustess, who survives. He is also survived by his children: Teresa Gillian (John), Cindy Creech (Nelson), Rhonda Baldwin (John), Ila Heustess, Renee DiDuro (John), and Edgar Randy Heustess (Nancy). Rufus and Eleanor were blessed with 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson. Surviving siblings include Harris Heustess, Bertha Dennis, Bob Heustess, and Mary Packer.

Rufus was a faithful husband and father. He was a quiet, gentle man who loved his Lord and his family. For over 40 years, he worked as an Electrician Specialist for Newport News Shipbuilding. During that time, he attended Central Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia, where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, drove a church bus, and diligently worked to keep the church's fleet of buses running.

After retiring, Rufus and Eleanor returned to his childhood home in Clarkton, North Carolina. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Bladen East Health and Rehab in Elizabethtown.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown followed by a funeral service at 3 pm with Dr. Robert Heustess officiating. Burial will follow the services in Whiteville Memorial Cemetery.

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