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March 11, 2014

Fallen Bluegrass Music legend remembered

Rutherford will be honored with ceremony at Somerset Cemetery


Somerset —

Neal said Rutherford’s long-awaited ceremony, honoring him as one of the greatest Bluegrass musicians to ever play, and as one of Somerset’s legends, never would have been possible without Ogle. 
“I'm very grateful to Mr. Ogle and the Wayne County Historical Museum for being willing to make sure Leonard Rutherford's grave is marked,” said Neal. “I also think it's very special that we'll be having this ceremony on what would have been his 116th birthday.”
The ceremony is slated for Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the Somerset Cemetery, which is on West Columbia Street. People will be available to help with parking and to direct visitors to the grave site. 
Neal said Ogle is expected to talk a little about Rutherford's life, and attendees will hear some actual recordings from the Burnett-Rutherford Duo. Everett West, a distant relative of Rutherford's,
will play some of their music live. 
A new marker for Rutherford's grave will also be unveiled.
The ceremony will be moved to the Rocky Hollow Recreational Center on South Central Avenue in the event of inclement weather. 
For more information, contact Neal at 679-3473. 
You can also find information about the event on the Somerset Cemetery's Facebook page.

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