George A. Rutledge, of Kingsport, passed away at his residence Sunday, October 18, 2015, after an extended illness.
George was born in Kingsport and lived here his entire life. He served his country in the Tennessee National Guard. He retired from Tennessee Eastman Company. George loved and enjoyed his family, deer hunting and watching basketball, especially the Lady Vols.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas J. Rutledge and Bessie Garland Rutledge; sister, Cora Lee Oney; and father-in-law, George F. Hawkins.
George is survived by his wife, Susie, of the home; his children, Mindy and Brandon and soon to be granddaughter, Jaclyn Georgia; sister, Melba Ann Lowe, of Gray; brothers, Charles J. Rutledge and wife Kathy of Blountville and Frank R. Rutledge and wife Sondra, of Gray; brother-in-law, Bob Oney of Hammond, IN, Brent Hawkins and wife Karen Sue of Jonesboro; sister-in-law, Karen Gates and husband Eddie of Jonesboro; and several nieces and nephews.
At George’s request, there will be a private graveside service with the Rev. Lloyd Jones officiating, Bob Oney will speak . Pallbearers will be Brandon Green, Brent Hawkins, Johnny McClellan, Jay Hartsock, Gene Valentine and Gary Quillen. Honorary pallbearers, Barkley Mills, Freddy Yates, Dick Cartwright, Jim Duncan, Cecil Laws, David Davis, Charlie Smith, Bill Good and Phil Dykes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak St., Gray, TN 37615.
East Tennessee Funeral Home and Cemetery are honored to serve the Rutledge Family.