Cleve Earl Rushing (1943 - 2020)

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Davis Watkins Funeral Home & Crematory
1474 Hwy 83 N
Defuniak Springs, FL
32433
(850)-951-1822
Celebration of Life
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
5:00 PM
Davis Watkins Funeral Home & Crematory
1474 Hwy 83 N
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433
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Visitation
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Davis Watkins Funeral Home & Crematory
1474 Hwy 83 N
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433
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Obituary

Cleve Earl Rushing, age 76, of Ponce de Leon, Florida passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at his residence. Bill, as he was known to his family and friends, was born June 16, 1943, at his childhood home in Valley View to Casey and Mattie Bell Rushing. As a young child, he was always known for being an avid hunter and fisherman. After graduating from Walton High School, Cleve served his country as a sharpshooter with the rank of Army Sergeant. He also had a long career of 32 years as a skidder operator in the logging industry. In his later years, Bill most enjoyed sharing his love for music and the great outdoors with his family and friends, but nothing compared to the time shared with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister Milbra Griggs.

Cleve is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dale Paulk Rushing; they had two children, Diana Rushing Gillis and husband Kevin and Sherry Rushing and Clay Sellers; Bill was the proud pawpaw to Chelsea Edwards Standland and husband Seth, Chase Edwards, Caleb Sellers, and Carly Sellers; and he was especially proud of his title as a great-pawpaw to Walker Elliott Standland; siblings, Betty Griggs and husband Monroe, Myrtle Rushing and husband Herbert, Thomas Rushing and wife Marsha, James Rushing and wife Charlene, and Gary Rushing and wife Jeanie; numerous relatives; and wonderful friends.

A service to celebrate Cleve's life was held Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433 beginning at 5 p.m. with military honors provided by the United States Air Force. Following the service, a visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Mar. 11, 2020
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