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July 23, 1936 ~ June 18, 2021 (age 84)

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James Hugh “Jim” Rather, age 84, of Oliver Springs passed away at his home on June 18 after an extended illness. Jim was born in Wheat and lived in Oliver Springs since high school. He was retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he served as a  security guard captain. Jim was a committed Christian and formerly served as a Deacon of Kelleytown Baptist Church. In addition to his family and church, Jim’s passions were hunting, fishing, and gardening. Jim was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Korea.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Ruth Robinette Rather, and sister Bobbie Raby.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years Margaret Futrell Rather; son James Mark Rather and wife Angela; and daughter Kimberly Sharp and husband Mike.

Surviving grandchildren include James Derrick Rather and wife Miranda; and James Hunter Rather. Surviving great-grandchildren are Shae, Greenleigh, and Jase Rather.

Surviving siblings include brother Roy Rather and sisters Virgie Mullins, Sue Woods, and Pat Hensley, as well as several nieces and nephews.


The family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service with Military Honors on  Monday, June 21, 2021 at 11:00am in the New Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, 138 Fairview Circle,  Oliver Springs with Pastor John Edwards officiating.


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June 21, 2021

11:00 AM
New Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Oliver Springs

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