Frank "Bennett" Line

March 8, 1944 ~ January 11, 2020

Born in: Morristown, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Frank “Bennett” Line, age 75, Johnson City, TN, 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 twenty-five 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.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Bennett was born in Morristown, TN, 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, TN, where he was a member of the Bridge Builders SS Class.

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

He is survived by: his wife Nancy H. Line, of the home; one son, Bennett R Line, Johnson City; two daughters, Garrett L. Fox, Cumming, GA, and Olivia Spain, Franklin, TN; one brother, Bettis Line, Winston-Salem, NC; and one sister, Fran Mullins, Cumming, GA. He also leaves behind his three granddaughters, Adreanna and Audrey Spain, both of Franklin, TN, and Camden Fox, of Cumming, GA, the light of his life – also known as GaaGaa to her!

The family of Bennett Line will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020, in the Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel. The memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm with Mr. Ethan Magness, Minister, officiating.

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


Visitation: January 16, 2020 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Memorial Service: January 16, 2020 7:00 pm

Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Frank "Bennett" Line's name.

Lupus Foundation

2121 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC
(202) 349-1155

Memories Timeline



    Rest in peace.

  2. Marie & Paul says:

    We will miss you very much.

  3. Alan and Debbie Riggs says:

    Nancy I am so sorry. You and your children and grandchildren are in my prayers and heart.

  4. Stuart Rea says:

    To my family,
    I am sad that I will not be there to express my love for my uncle. I have such fond memories of our trips from San Diego back to Tennessee and trips here to San Diego. I will miss the ‘ole potbelly’ as I use to tease him. I know that when my time is finished here, I will be with Bennett again in the presence of our Lord.

    All my love,
    Stuart Rea

  5. Robin McClellan says:

    Dear Olivia, I was so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I’m thinking of you, your girls & all of the family during this difficult time.

  6. Denise Snodgrass Morton says:

    Dear Nancy, Olivia & Family – I was so sorry to hear about Bennet’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our days in Colonial Heights. There is joy & comfort in knowing he no longer suffers with his illness… and that you’ll see him again one day. We will be praying for you all now and in the coming days. May the Lord bless you with peace.

  7. Gail Stewart says:

    I always enjoyed seeing Mr. Line when he came to have is eye exam. I hope the family finds comfort in their memories and may Mr. Line find enteral rest and peace with our heavenly father.

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