Thomas Earl (Pappy) Rutherford, 65, night manager of Jerman's Feed and Hardware Store in Odenton, Md., from 1970 until 1977, died May 11 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Md., after a heart attack. He lived in Dunkirk, Md.

Mr. Rutherford was a native of Washington and attended the McKinley Technical High School.

From 1939 until 1954, he was a lineman with Pepco, a cabdriver with the Bluebird Cab Co. in Hyattsville and a bartender at the Tick Tock Bar and Restaurant in Langley Park.

Mr. Rutherford owned and operated a bar and restaurant, the Ramada Inn, in Hyattsville from 1954 until 1960. He was a mechanic and boat refinisher at the old Long's Marina in Washington before joining Jerman's.

From 1977 until he moved to Dunkirk earlier this year, he operated a gas station in Fort Worth, Tex.

His marriages to Anne Hardy Rutherford and Doris Mae Hissey Rutherford ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children by his first marriage, Thomas Earl Jr., of Hyattsville, Barbara Donaldson of Dunkirk, and Carol Jordan of Fort Worth; two stepsons, David Hissey of Laurel and George Hissey of Houston; a brother, Gray, of Seminole, Fla.; a sister, Joan Bond of Hillandale, and seven grandchildren.