Rufus Killingsworth, 87, passed from this life at the home of his granddaughter in Kenova, WV, a place he has called home for the past two years. He passed peacefully from an extended illness with his family at his bedside. Rufus was born on Dec. 2, 1920 in Pierce, OK, to David and Lena (Lewis) Killingsworth. Before moving to West Virginia, he was a former member of the First Baptist Church and was active in the Checotah community. He was retired from the Boron School District in Boron, CA, and was a veteran of the US Army. Rufus was stationed at Schofield Barracks and was at Hickam Field on the morning Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was the last known survivor of Pearl Harbor in the Checotah area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Wilma Killingsworth, and 3 brothers, Buster Killingsworth, George Thoms Killingsworth and Joe Burt Killingsworth, 4 sisters, Edna Blue, Alma Brasher, Jetty Johnson, and Wanda Haskett, 1 son, Richard Lee Killingsworth.
Survivors include one son, Ray Dean Killingsworth of Boron, CA; daughter, Kay Killingsworth of Paso Robles, CA; brother Duggan Bushnell of San Diego, CA; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Tate, of Checotah and Norma Sue Jenkins of Midlothea, TX; 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Killingsworth will be held on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Checotah with Rev. Steve Dennis officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion post #15, Muskogee, OK. Casket bearers will be R.B. Stanley, Randy Christian, Larry Jennings, Bob James, Jerry Grant, Roger Beaird.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hampton Mortuary of Checotah, 918-473-6821.