On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Ben Rutherford, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 72. Ben was born on February 17, 1947 in Bristol, Va., a son of the late B.F. and Iona Combs Rutherford. He played baseball and received his Master's Degree from East Tennessee State University. Ben began working for the Bristol Tennessee School System in 1970 where he taught at Tennessee High School and coached baseball from 1975 until 1995. After, he served as an administrator from 1995 until 2003 for the Bristol Tennessee School System. On June 14, 1968, he married Dorothy Jean Ross. They raised two daughters, Lisa and Beth. Ben had a passion for baseball and his grandchildren. You could always see him at a golf match, gymnastics competition or soccer game supporting his grandchildren. He was their biggest fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Ross. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Tickle and husband, Spike, Beth Spangler and husband, Stephen; grandchildren, Jack, Josie and Bowen; brother, Dave A. Rutherford and wife, Nancy; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Weaver Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Way of Bristol, 315 8th St, Bristol, TN 37620. Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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