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Betty Jo Poore Rutherford

Betty Jo Poore Rutherford, age 78, 122 Belmont Street, Erwin, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at her residence. She grew up in Erwin, m arried and moved to other states, but always returned to Erwin. Mrs. Rutherford was the daughter of the late Joe and Desi Hughes Poore. She attended the Pathway Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Rutherford worked at Erwin Kentucky Fried Chicken for many years and retired in June 2014. Her co-workers and customers will miss her dearly. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Cecil Poore who was killed in the Korean War and Homer Poore; and a grandson,Tony Jones.

Leaving behind to cherish her memories are daughters: Debbie Bennett and husband, Arch; Janet Jones and husband, Ronnie; sons: Bobby Rutherford and wife, Melissa; Richard Weaver and wife, Rita; grandchildren: Sandy Presser and husband, Bob; Kevin Bennett and wife, Sydney; Crystal Odell and husband, John Paul; Carson and Cooper Rutherford; Kera and Sarah Bailey; Austin and Robbie Odell; great grandchildren: Dusty Stephenson, Chelsea Saults, Nichole Lawrence, Jessica Presser, Chloe Rutherford, Jackson Shelton and Bryce Bennett; great-great grandchildren: Jacob Stephenson and Callie Saults; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 2:00 P. M. to 4:00 P. M. from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate at the 4:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Teresa Masters and Inez Chandler. Active pallbearers are Kevin Bennett, Bob Presser, John Paul Odell, Craig Jones, David Lawing and Ron Arnold with Ronnie Jones and Arch Bennett serving as honorary pallbearers. Graveside service will be held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 1:00 P. M. in the Martins Creek Cemetery. Family, minister, pallbearers and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 P. M. to go in procession to the cemetery.

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Rutherford family. (423) 743-1380.