McMinnville resident and White County native George Edward “Eddie” Rutledge, 65, was born Dec. 19, 1950 and died Dec. 4 at his residence following an extended illness. A retired shift supervisor with A.O. Smith and a member of Laurel Creek Baptist Church, he was the son of the late Eugene and Iris Lucille McCormick Rutledge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Shirley Armstrong; and two brothers, Jerry Rutledge and Eugene Rutledge Jr. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela Michelle and Jeff Merriman of McMinnville and Teresa Ann and Jake Bishop of Herriman, UT; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice Faye and Gerald Rowland of McMinnville, Patricia Ann Austin of McMinnville; Kathleen Randolph of Sparta, Ruby and Harry Cole of Walling, and Linda and Donald Huffman of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Billy Rutledge of McMinnville; and six grandchildren, George and Reba Merriman, E.J., Berkley, Jeremiah and Aden Bishop.Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 6, in High’s Chapel with Roy Terry officiating.
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