Susie Orene Rutledge, daughter of the late James Tillman and Janie Richards Tillman, was born on March 21, 1915, in Bellefontaine, Miss., and died at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the age of 88. Mrs. Rutledge was a homemaker and a member at New Hope Baptist Church of rural Bernie. She was united in marriage to Johnnie Rutledge on Feb. 2, 1938, at Bellefontaine, Miss. Mr. Rutledge preceded his wife in death on April 19, 1995. She is survived by one son, Johnnie Jackson Rutledge of Parma; two daughters, Virginia Walker and Mary Shobe, both of Parma; three brothers, Evonn Tillman of Sikeston, Johnny C. Tillman of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., and Fred Tillman of Rantoul, Ill.; one sister, Magnolia Jamerson of Urbana, Ill.; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie. Funeral service will be conducted in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel Saturday, April 26, 2003, at 12 noon with Rev. Leotis Aikens officiating. Interment will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery of Malden.