Julian Delaine Northcutt, better known as “Jude”, went to be with his Lord suddenly September
12, at the age of 89. Jude was born May 14, 1932 in Slaughterville, Oklahoma to William Chester
and Jessie Mae Northcutt. Jude was the youngest of nine children.
Jude was a 1950 graduate of Noble High School and soon after was drafted into the Airforce for
two years during the Korean War. When he returned home, he attended the University of
Oklahoma to become an Attorney.
Jude’s music career began early as a child learning to play the guitar and then playing small
venues with his friend “Jody” Harold Taylor. Jude kept in touch with his friend and while in the
service and college, the duo began performing at larger venues. Because of their success and
because people began to hire them for more jobs, Jude never took the bar exam.
In 1961, they moved into television and began appearing on the Mathis Brothers’ Country Social
weekly variety show. In 1966 the Jude & Jody Show was born and ran for 24 years. As a result
of the success of the television show featuring the duo, they launched the Jude & Jody furniture
store, which just celebrated their 57th year anniversary this year.
Jude’s many interests included traveling, aviation, boats, ranching, sports, fishing and playing
Black Jack. These interests made him consistent in having a good time.
Jude’s greatest gifts were his love of family, his winning personality, his character, and spirit. He
was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be missed by all who were fortunate to be touched
by his life.
Jude is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Jessie Northcutt, his sisters, Aline Kienlen
and Louise Wilson, and brothers, Alton Northcutt, William “Dub” Northcutt, James Northcutt, Gene
Northcutt, Ellis Northcutt, and Don Northcutt. He is survived by his two sons, J. D. Northcutt and
wife, Dana, of Norman, and Dean Northcutt and friend, Christy Short, of Oklahoma City, his two
daughters, Rhonda Northcutt and husband, Kelly Reh, of Oklahoma City, and Tanya Northcutt,
of Oklahoma City, and four grandchildren, Shelby LaBrue and husband, Brooks, of Austin, Texas,
Jacob Northcutt, Devon Northcutt, and Jaxson Northcutt, all of Oklahoma City.
In addition, the family would like to make honorable mentions to the family of Randy and Patty
Taylor of Norman, Kenny Skaggs of Oklahoma City, Paul Odom of Newcastle, Aeric and Robin
Creekmore of Oklahoma City, along with a host of other family and friends.
Also, a special thanks to the Integris Baptist Hospital and its stroke team and staff on the 6th floor
for everything they did for the family during this time of crisis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 20th at Westmoore Community Church
at 11513 S. Western, OKC. Resthaven, located at 104th & South Walker, will be handling the
arrangements. In addition, visitation will be held at Resthaven Saturday and Sunday, September
18th and 19th. A family viewing will be held on Sunday, September 19th
, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00
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