Ottis Rutty remembered as woman of God

November 07, 2017
The Reverend Devere Nugent leads pallbearers out of the William Knibb Baptist Church after thanksgiving service for Ottis Rutty on Saturday.
Ottis Rutty
PastorJunior Rutty delivers an emotional rendition one of his wife's favourite songs, It Is Well With My Soul.

Pastor Junior Rutty promised not to cry. His wife of 34 years, Ottis Rutty, 52, had died and he, along with dozens of other mourners, had packed into the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Trelawny, for her funeral on Saturday.

"She made me the man I am. She was the mother of our only child. She cared for me, her child, and grandchildren. When I scribbled notes, she turned them into a sermon," said Rutty, who is the pastor of the Agape Christian Fellowship.

Pastor Rutty revealed that in his wife's last two weeks of life, she taught him good housekeeping.

"As she did this I said to her, 'I must go first, I am older than you. She just turned to me and said, 'Please release me'."

"'You put the colours here, you put the whites here, you put the towels here. Then you put them in the washer in that order,'" he revealed of his late wife's housekeeping lesson.

Pastor Rutty closed his presentation with an emotional rendition one of her favourite songs, It Is Well With My Soul.

And as he sang, Pastor Rutty could not hold back the tears. He was, however, after a pause, able to finish the song with the assistance of the audience, which joined him in song.

Mrs Rutty was remembered by Dawn Henry as an organiser, a worship leader. "She was an outspoken person who did not mince words. Throughout it all, you couldn't help but smile, as she had a contagious one."

Rev Devere Nugent reminded the packed pew that Ottis loved God.

"Throughout any kind of crisis, pain or tribulation, she would remind all that there is one man who stands by us all. That man is Jesus, the son of God."

Her remains were interred in the family plot in Samuel Prospect.

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