Paula Kay Thomas Rutledge

Born in Louisville, Kentucky on February 13, 1957

Departed on December 27, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, Tennessee

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Paula Kay Thomas Rutledge, age 63, of Gallatin, TN passed away on December 27,2020 at 2:09 pm. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on the morning of Saturday, January 2,2021. Three Oaks Church in Gallatin, TN at 502 Douglas Bend Rd. Clay Baggett will officiate the service.
Paula loved music. She was a talented and established pianist. She loved to teach music especially to children. She was also a fabulous songwriter and singer. Paula lived for her children and grandchildren. They filled her life with joy. She was always so cheerful, it overflowed into the people around her. The atmosphere changed when she walked into the room. No matter how she felt, she was always up for a good time.
Paula is preceded in death by her father Robert Rutledge, her mother Lois Rutledge and her brother Steven Rutledge. She is survived by her daughter Tammy M. and Steven Cox; sons Matthew A. Thomas Jr., Gabrielle A. and Kim Thomas, Joshua D. and Rene Thomas; brother Donald Rutledge and sister Sherry Curtsinger. She had 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Paula was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
A visitation will be on the afternoon of Friday, January 1,2021 at Hendersonville Funeral Home from 4-8 pm.

21 Comments to Paula Kay Thomas Rutledge

  1. Wendy Coulter
    December 29, 2020 5:12 pm

    Sorry for your loss. God bless. Sending Prayers

  2. Wanette (Shay Shay) Turner
    December 29, 2020 5:29 pm

    There will never be anyone else like you, my friend. I was blessed to have you for 17 years in my life. We shared many ups and downs, prayed each other through each one and never one time fought, because we really loved each other and were for each other’s happiness. You loved my husband, too and allowed him into our special friendship. I am so glad he knew you and you both became friends, also. It just let me know that I love the right man, cause Lord knows I am a hot mess! Lol!!! You were, too.

    Our plans to be old ladies together and make our latter days full of fun and laughter must come to an end. I am broken over this. I always thought we would outlive everyone. Not so, and here we are…separated by death way too soon. But, we did make great memories and I will cherish each one until we see each other again one day by God’s grace and mercy. We will just have to wait and make the rest of our memories with Jesus.

    Thank you for loving me, Sheshee.

  3. Falenia Payton
    December 29, 2020 5:37 pm

    To my loving aunt who knew how to, better than anyone, let you know she cared and loved you. She rocked me like a baby at 39 as my mom was passing…and I needed it.

  4. Stacie Kerney
    December 29, 2020 5:38 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers, hugs, and love.

  5. Wendy Gridley
    December 29, 2020 5:39 pm

    We shared birthdays and she never forgot me nor did I forget her it was our special day! Aunt paula I will never forget you .I miss you so much my heart breaks now we can’t get together this spring like we had talked about but .I promise on my birthday I will have the best day thinking of you .I wish I could have been able to say goodbye.but I will see you again when god calls me home with you .give mamaw and pap paw uncle steve the biggest hugs for me ….I love you 😘❤️

  6. Jess and Brenda
    December 29, 2020 6:52 pm

    1 Corinthians 13 verse 12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

    That is my hope dear friend. Thank you for your friendship over the years.

  7. Ronald Ater
    December 29, 2020 7:05 pm

    Sorry for your Paula was always kind and I loved to hear her sing when I was little. Rest In Peace with God in Heaven

  8. Tim and Linda Miller
    December 29, 2020 7:05 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you with your memories of your precious mother. Much love, hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  9. Paula Martin
    December 29, 2020 7:12 pm

    Praying for you Tammy and all of the family. You have such a sweet spirit and I am sure your Mom had a hand in that trait. Cling to God in the days ahead, He is our comfort.

  10. Kim Stutzenberger Young
    December 29, 2020 7:12 pm

    Paula and I were friends in high school. She was one of those people that you just knew if she was your friend she would always be your friend. The last time I saw Paula was at the funeral home when Steve passed away, 1984 I do believe. I was so happy when re reconnected on facebook. Though we have been separated by miles and years I will always remember and miss her. She was without a doubt one of the nicest people I have ever known. I would like her family to know how sorry I am for your loss. Rest in peace old friend

  11. Lisa Bratcher-Horton
    December 29, 2020 7:25 pm

    My heart is broken to have to say goodbye for now to such an AMAZING woman & dear friend! My thoughts & prayers are with all of her family & friends! Much love & many HUGS! May our Heavenly Father give you all the comfort & peace needed during this time.

  12. Stephanie Jones
    December 29, 2020 8:18 pm

    She was such a sweet and funny person. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Lance Taylor
    December 29, 2020 8:50 pm

    Jacob, Britni, and Kelsey:
    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing. I pray that you all can feel His peace, comfort, and strength during this difficult time.
    ~ Lance Taylor

  14. Robert Curtsinger
    December 29, 2020 9:07 pm

    Paula, what a loving, caring, passionate and smiling lady!
    You always knew when you walked into the room everyone would have a smile on when they saw you!
    We will miss you and cherish the memories with friends and family!

  15. Rhonda Robinson
    December 29, 2020 9:28 pm

    I’ll miss your laugh, your talent and your love!
    Thank you for writing a beautiful song for me during a very hard time in my life! I have the lyrics and melody forever held in my heart! The words were very true. I always wanted us to get together for a song writing session. I guess that will be when I get over yonder. I know you’re singing again with Aunt Orchid. Tell my dad I love miss him terribly! Thank you for being a beautiful Aunt to me! Love you always ❤️

  16. Donald Rutledge
    December 30, 2020 7:51 am

    Paula or P.K. to me, was a Beautiful, Loving and Very Talented Sister. I have so many wonderful memories of her starting from the day she was born, she had a very loud and beautiful voice that we heard every few hours and it only got louder and more beautiful as the years went by, the voice of an Angel and could make a piano sing just as beautifully. I will miss P.K. here on earth and look forward to seeing her again in Heaven. I send my love to all of the family and can only say you have her forever in your hearts. I love you all!

  17. Maggie “Louise “ LeRoy
    December 30, 2020 9:38 am

    I will forever remember our wonderful times gathered around the piano at Beech Grove Baptist Church, singing and Paula playing! She was gloriously talented.

  18. Martha Anglin
    December 30, 2020 11:49 am

    🙏🌹🌿prayers for Family and friends.
    I will always remember Paula, She was very kind and supportive to us when we started church at Living To Go. I called Her Friend. 💖

  19. Sonja Nolan
    December 30, 2020 8:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our family is fighting Covid so we will not make it, but we are praying and love you dearly.

    Sonja Nolan

  20. Edie Owens
    December 31, 2020 1:00 pm

    So sorry for your dear loss of such a kind & compassionate lady. Our family thought so much of Ms Paula & will greatly miss her. She had a special place in our hearts & we will miss her sweet smile. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time & we pray peace & comfort for your entire family. Love, Terry, Edie, & Sally

  21. Maria Helen Bartram
    January 2, 2021 8:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May peace be with you and your family at this difficult time.

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