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Lewis Rusgrove

December 17, 1955 — August 27, 2023

Eastville, GA

Lewis Fulton Rusgrove of Eastville, GA died on August 28, 2023 at the age of 67. He was the son of the late Lloyd and Doris Rusgrove. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thurlow Rusgrove, his son, Michael Rusgrove, his brother-in-law, Paul Brann, and his step-brothers, Floyd Rusgrove, Everett Rusgrove, and Arthur Rusgrove.

Survivors include his wife; Lorrie Rusgrove of Eastville, GA; Son, Lance Rusgrove of Garner, NC; Daughter, Lydia (Stephen) Moss of Lexington, GA; Daughter-in-law, Emily Rusgrove of Macon, GA, Grandchildren, Caroline Rusgrove, Asa Rusgrove, Elden Rusgrove, Roland Rusgrove, and Silas Moss; Brother, Armand (Betty) Rusgrove of Palmetto, FL; Sisters, Ethel (Tim) Bramlett of Winterville, GA and Ruthanne Brann of Mt. Vernon, ME; Step-brothers, Charles Rusgrove of AL, Alfred (Cecilia) Rusgrove of SC, Robert Rusgrove of OK, Edwin (Valarie) Rusgrove of TX.

Lewis was born in Gardiner, ME, on December 17, 1955. He moved to Georgia at the age of 11 with his family. As a young man he was very involved with the FFA and showed beef cattle and competed in public speaking where he won first place at the state level. He graduated from Oconee County High School in 1974. He attended college at ABAC where he obtained his degree in Ag. Business. He was a lifelong outdoorsman and enjoyed anything involving agriculture.

Lewis retired after twenty-one years in law enforcement in Seminole County, Oconee County, and Barrow County, Georgia. His time serving as a firefighter and law enforcement officer was the epitome of his love serving and helping others in their time of need. His main focus in law enforcement was helping minors affected by crimes. He was known as an advocate for children and received many letters and notes of appreciation for his care and concern and standing up for those who were afraid to use their voice. His law enforcement career consisted of criminal investigation, negotiator for the SWAT team, and investigator for crimes against children.

Lewis loved his family, and his church, but first and foremost, he loved the Lord. He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was an evangelist at heart. He wanted everyone to know our Lord & Savior and never missed an opportunity to share God’s word.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Tree House Inc, PO Box 949, Winder, GA 30680 or Georgia CASA, 75 Marietta St., NW, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30303.

A memorial service celebrating Lewis’s life will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 3:30PM at Living Hope Church Athens, 2150 Lexington Road with Pastor David Holt officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, WEST, Watkinsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Memorial Service

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Starts at 3:30 pm (Eastern time)

Living Hope Church Athens

2150 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605

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