Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN


Rev. James Halbert Rutherford

March 14, 1936March 15, 2020

Rev. James H. Rutherford, age 84, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 15, 2020. He received his Doctor of Divinity at Emory Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA. He was retired after 40 years of service with the Holston United Methodist Conference, where he served in several churches in East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia areas. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. Clyde Rutherford and Jewell Rutherford; brother, C.W. Rutherford (Margie); sister, Margaret Brown (Clyde). Survived by wife of 55 years, Carolyn M. Rutherford; son, James H. Rutherford, Jr. and wife Paula; daughter, Kristi Caldwell and husband John; grandchildren, Lyndsey and Katelyn Rutherford; brother, Jack Rutherford (Betty); several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 pm Wednesday with the funeral service to follow at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Dr., Knoxville, TN 37918. Rev. Quentin Caldwell will officiate. Family and friends will meet at 12:45 pm Thursday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for the 1 pm entombment. Condolences may be offered at www.berrylynnhurst.com


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 19, 2020


Rev. James Halbert Rutherford

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Crystal & Derrick Ogle

March 18, 2020

We were so very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Kris Spiva

March 17, 2020

I was saddened to learn of your husband's passing, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shannon Weeks

March 17, 2020

I remember seeing Mr James each morning walking Mrs Carolyn in every morning to work and picking her up, I always said now that's love and I want to grow up and have that one day. The sweetest people ever I have ever met, my prayers are with you and your family at this time.