Frank ‘Bennett’ Line, 75, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, January 11, 2020, at the Johnson City Medical Center with his wife and son at his bedside.

Bennett Line finally succumbed to complications of Factor 5 Leiden, a genetic mutation that had plagued him for 25 years, causing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms in systemic Lupus.

“ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Bennett was born in Morristown, Tennessee, on March 8, 1944. He was a graduate of Morristown High School, and he earned his B.S Degree from Carson Newman College.

He was employed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for 38 years until his retirement in 2009. He earned top awards placing him in the distinguished BIL Presidents Club five times.

His special interests included watching and talking University of Tennessee football and basketball with son Bennett, reading historical war books, writing interpretations of the Bible, and travelling, until health issues prevented it.

He was a member of First Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee. where he was a member of the BridgeBuilders SS Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge Milburn Line and Oneida Line, Morristown and a sister, Mary Catherine (Taffy).

He is survived by his wife Nancy H. Line; his son, Bennett R Line, Johnson City; daughter Garrett L. Fox, Cumming, Georgia; and daughter Olivia Spain, Franklin, Tennessee; brother, Bettis Line, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and sister, Fran Mullins, Cumming, Georgia. He also leaves behind his granddaughters: Camden Fox, 3 years old, the light of his life. He was known as GaaGaa to her; Adreanna Spain, 14, and Audrey Spain, 12, Franklin, Tennessee.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Johnson City, Tennessee, followed by the service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation.

Arrangements by Morris Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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