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Joel David Rutter

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

– stanza 4, “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon

Services for Joel David Rutter, 32, were held at Laird Funeral Homein Natchez, Miss., on Friday, July 2, 2010.

David was born Nov. 8, 1977, in Adams County, the son of EliseWalden Smith and Jody Rutter, of Natchez.

Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Chancery Judge FrankWalden and Dr. Mel Rutter.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents; his stepparents, LesSmith and Vickie Rutter; his maternal grandmother, Beverly Walden,of Brookhaven; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Rutter, ofNatchez; and his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi College inClinton. He wrote and recorded music, was a photographer and alover of wildlife. Among his hobbies were chess and paintball.