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    Mr. Rhodes


Fred L. Rhodes Sr., 92 of Tanglewood died Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Funeral service was Sunday, Nov. 4, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Daniel Garrison officiating. Burial was at Hugh Wilson Cemetery at Tanglewood.

Mr. Rhodes was born April 10, 1926, in Lexington to Shiloh V. and Mae Belle (Purser) Rhodes.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy and discharged as a seaman first class.

Mr. Rhodes began work at Alcoa in Rockdale in November 1952. He worked 30 years and retired Jan. 3, 1983, as an ingot supervisor.

On May 9, 1947, he married Myrl Maxine Hawkins in Houston.

After Maxine’s death, he and Minna Belle “Coots” Hawkins were married on March 23, 1988 in Tangle-wood.

Mr. Rhodes was a member of Lexington United Methodist Church, the Lexington Masonic Lodge No. 138, Lexington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6 and the Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed bowling, farming, raising cattle and hay.

Mr. Rhodes was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine H. Rhodes on May 30, 1985; his parents; a stepdaughter, Margo Maddux; five brothers, Dewey L., Densel M., Alton L., Ralph J. and William C. Rhodes; and a sister, Claudie B. Rhodes.

Survivors are his wife, Minna Belle “Coots” Rhodes of Tanglewood; a son, Fred L. Rhodes Jr. and wife Tonya of Lexington; two daughters, Vicki Hodges and husband David Sr., Miki Elliott and husband Hal, all of Lexington; two stepdaughters, Terri Smith and husband Chester, Sallie Spivey and husband W.F. “Bill” Jr., all of Lexington; six grandchildren, Kristina Lynn Hodges and spouse Leah, David Mark Hodges Jr. and wife Karen, Heather Jo Rhodes and husband Daniel, Stephanie Diane Rhodes, Rick Elliott and wife Amber and Mathew Rhodes Elliott and wife Erin; and 10 great-grandchildren, Kristen Boettcher, Ryan Garrison, Clay Boettcher, Ty Garrison, Macie Garrison, Molly Hodges, Hawkins Hodges, Camellia Hodges, Nolan Elliott and Lila Elliott.

Pallbearers were David Hodges Jr., Rick Elliott, Mathew Elliott, Kristina Hodges, Ryan Garrison, Clay Boettcher, Ty Garrison and Craig Mostyn.

Memorials may be made to Lexington United Methodist Church, Lexington Masonic Lodge, Lexington American Legion or to a charity of giver’s choice.

Rockdale Reporter

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