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Velma McClelland Rutherford

• Feb 14, 2020 at 3:42 PM

BLUFF CITY - Velma McClelland Rutherford of Bluff City, TN passed away on February 12, 2020 at Bedford Memorial Hospital, Bedford, VA following a brief illness at the age of 81.

She was born December 4, 1938 in Bluff City, TN to the late James and Golda McClelland.  Ms. Rutherford was a graduate of Bluff City High School class of 1957.  Following high school, she began her career with Raytheon Company and retired in 1994 after 37 years of service.  She was a lifetime member of Bluff City United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by her daughter Leah Morrell and husband Mike, Forest, VA; son David Rutherford and wife Clarinda, and granddaughter Lauren Rutherford, of Bluff City, TN; sister June Childress and husband John of Kingsport, TN; her best friend Jewel Shipley of Bluff City, TN and numerous cousins and friends. 

The family would like to especially thank the staff of Christian Care in Bristol, Tennessee and Bedford Memorial Hospital for the loving care shown to Velma during her illness.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 at Tetrick Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Bluff City, TN.  A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor C. Sean Glenn.  A graveside service will be held Sunday, February 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morning View Cemetery, Bluff City, TN. 

In lieu of flowers Memorial donations in memory of Velma may be made to Bluff City United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 190, Bluff City, TN, 37618 or the The Pat Summit Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel is honored to serve the Rutherford family.  Office: (423) 538-7131; Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917

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