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Jerry Elijah Rushing

Jerry Elijah Rushing

Jerry Elijah Rushing, 80, of Taylorsville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at his home.

He was born to the late Espie Elijah Rushing and Hazel Benton Rushing in Union County.

Jerry was an outdoorsman and liked to spend his time fishing, hunting, and trapping. He was owner of Chestnut Hunting Lodge. Jerry was the real ‘Duke of Hazzard’, creator of the Dukes of Hazzard, actor and stunt man. He was a Hall of Fame member of the North Carolina Bow Hunting Association along with being a Hall of Fame member of the North Carolina Trappers Association, and had a love for racing cars. He was a faithful member of Dover Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Rushing; and a granddaughter, Brandy Tarlton.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Shelby Polk Rushing; a daughter, Darlene Tarlton; a sister, Phyllis Rushing Kiker of Monroe; and a great-grandson, Rowdy Tarlton.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Alexander Funeral Service, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., in the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Phil Jolly officiating.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

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  1. Mickey and Minette Strader on July 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Dean and Darlene, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Jerry was one of the finest and most interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You all have a way of making people feel like family whether you have known them 10 minutes or years. We are all so much better off for having you all as friends. You are in our hearts and prayers. Love to you all.

  2. Jim Marlowe on April 30, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Taking time to remember one of the finest and most interesting men I ever knew. I first met Jerry in December 1989. He may be part of his family, and for that I am eternally grateful. I think about you often, old friend. Rest easy, sir. You have more than earned it…

  3. Earl Barker on July 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Mrs rushing.this earl barker I was out of the county.and just found out about Jerry.I.m so sorry for your loss.he was a good friend to me.I.ll really miss him.may he rest in peace.

  4. wesley h rushing on June 29, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Heard the stories from my father on how our relatives were the inspiration for the Dukes of Hazzard. Happy to see it was all true. I tried to find him on the family tree i compiled but have come up short even after searching 8 generations back. Paying my respects to you sir, rest in peace.

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