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Obituary: Iola Rutledge

Iola Rutledge, 86, of Batesville, passed away on October 18, 2020.

She was born September 2, 1934, in Batesville to Homer Jack and Ina Rae (Pierce) Staggs.

Iola was a faithful member of the Church of the Nazarene who enjoyed knitting, singing, and playing the piano. She and her husband celebrated 64 years together. Iola loved teaching, serving 39 years in schools from 3rd grade all the way to business college and private piano lessons. She taught in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Washington. Locally she taught at Oil Trough, Desha, Cord-Charlotte, Southside, Batesville; also Arkansas College and Batesville Community College.

She is survived by her loving husband, Glen Elwood Rutledge; two daughters, Donna Sue Rutledge Hines (Paul) of Rowlett, Texas; Darlene Rutledge Fowler (Jeff) of Southside, Arkansas; one sister, Iona Rae Renshaw, of Southside; three grandchildren, Dr. Philip Hines, Nicholas Fowler, Carolyn McLaughlin; and three great-grandchildren, Cheyenne McLaughlin, Andee Rae Hines, and Walker Robert Fowler.

Iola was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers will be Paul Hines, Jeff Fowler, Dr. Philip Hines, Nicholas Fowler, Max McLaughlin, Keith Mason, and Jac Renshaw.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the Roller-Crouch Funeral Home with Rev. James Staggs officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family arriving at 5:00 p.m.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 50 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering, and social distancing will be observed.

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