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Jeffrey Joe Retherford

February 21, 1955 ~ February 18, 2021 (age 65)

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Jeffrey Joe Retherford

       Jeff Retherford, age 65, of Tipton, was welcomed into Heaven on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Jeff was born on February 21, 1955 to his parents, Howard “Rutt” Retherford and Norma (Cook) Pumphrey.

      Jeff grew up and went to school in Tipton, graduating from Tipton High School in the class of 1973. Before Jeff even graduated, he began working for Pioneer Hi-Bred. He remained at Pioneer for 44 years until retiring in 2016.  Through the years he held multiple positions within the company. He made some lifelong friends and great memories. It’s safe to say Jeff loved working hard and pulling pranks on his co-workers along the way.

     On June 21, 1975 Jeff married the love of his life, Rachel Elaine (Bayliff) Retherford. The two enjoyed nearly 46 years of marriage. Their life together was built on love and their devotion to family. Jeff was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather; a true family man! He took such pride in each of his grandchildren, and rarely missed an opportunity to be a part of whatever they were involved in.

     In Jeff’s spare time, he enjoyed golfing and watching sports with his buddies. He was well liked by most who knew him. No doubt, because he was very kind, helpful, and simply fun to be around! Later in life, Jeff’s faith became very important to him and he was an example to many. Serving those he loved came very naturally to him, and he will be missed beyond measure! 

    Those left to carry on Jeff’s legacy of love are his Wife, Rachel; Sons, Greg (Cathy) Retherford, Kyle (Betsy) Retherford, Chip (Nicole) Friend; Grandchildren, Mallory, Marisa, Owen, Sophie, Henry, Grace, Layla, Carter; Sister, Dinda Thompson, as well as many extended family members.

    Jeff was preceded in death by his Parents, as well as a Sister, Karen, and a Brother, Stephen.

    A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 9:30am to 11:00am at Trinity Wesleyan Church, located at 3021 W. State Road 28 in Tipton. A funeral service celebrating Jeff’s life will be held immediately following visitation at 11:00am with Pastor Johnnie Blair officiating.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeff's honor to Trinity Wesleyan Church. 

     Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Retherford family in their time of need. Please remember that the wearing of masks or facial coverings will be required at the church. Feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Jeff with his family on his tribute wall.


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March 13, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Wesleyan Church (W. State Road 28, Tipton)
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March 13, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Trinity Wesleyan Church (W. State Road 28, Tipton)
Guaranteed delivery before the Funeral begins

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