Funeral services were held this morning for Worth Harvey Rusher, 89, a resident of Trinity Oaks, formerly of Prestwick Court, who died Saturday (Oct. 26, 2002) at Rowan Regional Medical Center after a year of declining health.
Born Aug. 12, 1913, in Rowan County, Mr. Rusher was a son of the late Walter Lee and Essie Mahaley Rusher. He was educated in the East Spencer schools and a 1932 graduate of East Spencer High School.
Employed by American Oil Co. for 30 years, he founded Rusher Oil Co. in 1963, serving as president until he retired in 1975. He was active in the company until February.
A school board representative for Dukeville, Dunbar and East Spencer District for 12 years, he was elected to and served on the East Spencer City Council for 10 years and was a former member of the East Spencer Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a member of Wittenburg Lutheran Church, Granite Quarry, for the past two years. Formerly a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church, East Spencer, he was on the church council, taught Sunday school, and served as an usher, treasurer, and president of the Lutheran Brotherhood.
His wife, Lucy Poteat Rusher, died Oct. 31, 2001.
Survivors include son Bob L. Rusher, Salisbury; Joyce Rusher Cline, Salisbury; brothers Robert L., Floyd G. and J.W. Rusher, all of Salisbury; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Wittenburg Lutheran Church at 11 this morning. The Rev. William Edward Harper Jr., the pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Dallas, and the Rev.Gene Bost, Trinity Oaks chaplain, officiated. Burial was at Rowan Memorial Park.
The family is at the home of his son, Bob L. Rusher, 1040 Confederate Ave. Visitation was at Summersett Funeral Home on Monday from 7-9 p.m.
Memorials: Wittenburg Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 345, Granite Quarry, NC 28072; American Heart Association, c/o Betty Brisson, memorial chairwoman, 140 Regency Road, Salisbury, NC 28147; or American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 500 E. Morehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte, NC 28202.