On Saturday, June 22, Dr. William Barron “Barry” Rutherford, loving brother and friend, passed away at the age of 71.
Barry was born on April 29, 1948, in Shreveport, LA, to Horace and Jacqueline Rutherford. He received his B.A., M.A., and finally his Ph.D. in Secondary Education. He taught in various secondary and elementary schools during his career. He lived in many states, but his favorite was California, where he worked for the Department of Cultural Diversity at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He traveled extensively, working to support cultural diversity among universities. After retiring from education, Barry began a second career working at Who Dat and Kajun’s Pub in New Orleans. This new career was perfect for Barry because he had such a loving and caring personality. Barry served as Amon Ra’s Ball Captain in 2011 and reigned as Queen Amon Ra XLVII.
He is preceded in death by his father, Horace, and his mother, Jacqueline. He is survived by his sister, Anne Bounds (and her husband Don), his niece Megon Smith (and her husband Mike), his nephew Thomas Bounds (and his wife Tina), and a host of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Barry’s life will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 3:00pm at Kajun’s Pub. The celebration will feature a memorial show followed by a second line and then repast.