George Rutherford
George Rutherford
George Rutherford

Obituary of George William Rutherford

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George W. Rutherford, 63, of Bean Station, Tennessee, left this world peacefully with his daughter by his side in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 7, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration to commemorate George’s life will be held in Tennessee at a later date.

George was born in Tennessee on October 2, 1959 to James Earl and Amelia Katherine (Hendrick) Rutherford. He was a jack of all trades and was most recently employed as a well driller. He enjoyed making wonderful works of art wood carving. You could find him restoring and rebuilding tractors in his spare time as well as out at the lake fishing. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a big believer that you don’t have to be blood related to be family and enjoyed spending time with his friends that became family to him.

Those who will cherish his memory included his daughter, Sadie (Joseph) Fitzgerald of Loyal; his granddaughter, Kaylin Marie Rose Schellinger; his grandson, Russell George Fitzgerald; his brothers, Rev. David (Linda) Rutherford and Johnnie (Bambi) Rutherford; his sister, Diane Sutton; his sister-in-law, Audrey Rutherford along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is reunited in heaven with his parents, James and Amelia Rutherford; his loving canine companion, “J-D”; his sisters, Sandra Harney and Shirley Rutherford; his brother, Jimmy Rutherford; his brother-in-law, Jimmy Sutton and his sister-in-law, Gerry Rutherford.

The family would like to send a special thank you to TJ Rutherford and Michael and Angie Helton for always being there for George and their unconditional love and support. Another special thank you to all of the amazing friends that George had that filled his life with much joy and love.

George’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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