Homer Rutherford

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Homer Rutherford, age 78, of LaFollette, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 13. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Homer retired from LaFollette Medical Center after 48 years of service. He was the Second District School Board Member for 20 years, Father of Year in 1982, and was in the Ol' Smokey Outdoor drama for four years. Homer also named the White Way Plaza, worked for X10 in the Oak Ridge Laboratory, and was little league president in the 1970s. He has the Homer A. Rutherford Learning Academy named after him, which is located in the Old East LaFollette Elementary. Homer modeled on the riverboat in Knoxville in his latter days, enjoyed gardening, painting, and his family. He received his bachelor's degree in teaching at Lincoln Memorial University.
He was preceded in death by parents, Thomas Jefferson and Martha (Branam) Rutherford; son, Steve Rutherford; brothers, Granville, J.C., and Paul Rutherford; sisters, Ida Goins and Myrtle Wilson.
He is survived by wife of 58 years and high school sweetheart, Doris Rutherford of LaFollette; sons, Richard Rutherford, Marvin Rutherford and wife, Cathy, Jason Rutherford and wife, Heather, all of LaFollette; sister, Rose Cadle of Illinois; special nephew, John Goins; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Wednesday, May 16 at Cedar Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Arnold and the Rev. Jeff Evans officiating. Friends and family will meet at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Martin-Wilson Funeral Home to go in procession to Powell Valley Cemetery for the 2:30 p.m. interment. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Campbell County .
Martin-Wilson Funeral Home, of LaFollette, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in LaFollette Press on May 17, 2018
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