Myrtle Bennett Whitehead Rhudy

Published 3:29 pm Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mrs. Myrtle Bennett Whitehead Rhudy, 89, of Jonesborough, passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The daughter of the late Malley and Lillie Arnett Bennett, Myrtle was born on February 15, 1932.
Myrtle was a dedicated, strong mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. She loved to read, cook, do jigsaw puzzles, and travel when she was able. She loved her family and welcomed anyone to her home to enjoy her amazing cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Don Whitehead, in 1980, and second husband, John Rhudy, in 2012; brothers, Barney, Darius, Johnnie Claude, Grant, Martin and Clinton Bennett; sister, Jane Ward; sisters-in-law, Helen, Mary and Jane Bennett; brother-in-law, Glen Ward; and daughter-in-law, Jolene Whitehead.
Myrtle is survived by her children, Joyce Powers (Charlie) of Piney Flats, Tenn., Joel Whitehead of Jonesborough, Tenn., Debbie Platz (Greg) of Batavia, Ohio, Rick Whitehead of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Gayle Rhudy (Margaret) of Jonesborough, Tenn.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Powers, Chuck Whitehead, Chris Whitehead (Melissa), Eric Whitehead, Jennifer Wagner (Tom), Ben Hughes (Christy) and Ryan Hughes (Karylanne); great-grandchildren, Mason and Sadie Whitehead, Tommy, Sarah and Jacob Wagner, Cameron Hughes, Brennan and Alayna Hughes; sisters-in-law, Ruby and Wanda Bennett; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Kathy Johnson, Margaret Rhudy, Linda Church, Lula Gray, Mary Nell Webb, Eckie Platz and Brenda Hubbard; and Mom’s fur-baby, her cat, T.J.
The family would like to thank Mom’s neighbors for all their care and support through the years, Brian and Joy Horton, Nancy Tester, Joann Ford and Jim Rogers. We would especially like to thank Caris Healthcare for all their loving care for our Mom. Ketcha, Amanda, Michael, Amy, Justin, Hannah, Nate, Diana and Kamela, you are all Angels.
Visitation for Myrtle will be held at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home on Saturday, April 24, from 1 until 2 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. The graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at East Tennessee Cemetery in Blountville, Tenn. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Pastor Charles “Toonie” Cash will be officiating. Condolences may be sent to the Rhudy family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, Tenn. (423) 753-3821.

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