Gary was born October 21, 1951 to Ray and Dottie Rutland at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Gary lived most of his childhood in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he attended North Forest High School. He will be remembered fondly by his family and friends for his generous heart, quick smile, and a life-long appreciation of music.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Susan K. Rutland, and his father, Ray Rutland. He is survived by his mother, Dottie B. Rutland of Hattiesburg, MS, sister, Linda R. Gwaltney of Hattiesburg, MS, and five nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by designating the Pine Belt Chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 2618 Southerland Street, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39216 or at the link https://namims.org/donate/.