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Ruth Caroline Southern Rutledge Bonner, 81
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McMinnville resident and Pelham native Ruth Caroline Southern Rutledge Bonner, 81, was born Sept. 15, 1929 and died April 19 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga following a five-day illness.
A homemaker and member of Hiawassee Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Isabelle Reynolds Southern. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rutledge; one infant child; three brothers, Waymon, Jack and Joe Southern; and five sisters, Cleo Wilkerson, Alberta Taylor, Vira Wilkerson, Lira Southern and Jessie Robertson.
She is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, James Robert Rutledge, Jerry and Dianne Rutledge, Bill and Phyllis Rutledge, Bobby and Linda Rutledge, Larry and Amanda Rutledge Sr., and Gary and Norna Rutledge, all of McMinnville, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in High’s Chapel with Phillip Smith Jr., and George King Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at Corinth Cemetery in Viola. The family will receive visitors at the wake from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday in High’s Chapel.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 22, 2011