Jimmy Wayne Rhodes
Jimmy Wayne Rhodes, of Thornton, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Limestone Medical Center, at age 68.
Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 24,, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Funeral services were 2: p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Steve Nance officiating. Music was provided by Phil Koester and Mrs. Ginger Fritz.
Pallbearers were Nick Nichols, Michael McGilvray, Ronald Crane, Scott Smith, Bradley Swick and Marshall McCullen. Honorary pallbearers were David Diver, Charlie King, Rawls King, John Banks Campbell, Lonnie Laqua, David Beard and Steve Nance.
Jimmy was born Dec. 19, 1944 to Charles Rhodes and Edna Earl (Carpenter) Rhodes.
Jimmy and Barbara Ann Allman both graduated together in 1963. They were united in marriage on Jan. 26, 1965 at the home of Brother Malcom Smith in Groesbeck, and celebrated 48 years of marriage.
Jimmy worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, where he was an inspector. He earned several safety awards for driving during his career and retired in 2002 with 39 years of service. He was also a rancher, raising crossbred cattle with a special attachment to his Brahmas. He was particularly proud of his manicured coastal patch. His love for cattle is shared deeply with his granddaughter, Mandy, as he helped her with numerous cattle projects.
He loved hunting and fishing, especially deer hunting with his grandson and son-in-law as well as other family and friends.
He loved Lake Limestone and spent many summers there with countless friends, having made many great memories.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Charles E. “Pete” Rhodes and his brother, Charles “Lil Pete” Rhodes, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Rhodes, of Thornton; a daughter, Shelia Rhodes, of Rockwall; a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Mark Smith, of Thornton; a granddaughter, Mandy BreAnn Smith, and a grandson, Mark Bryan Smith Jr., of Thornton; his mother, Edna Earle Rhodes, of Thornton; sister and brother-in-law, Yvonne and Robert O’Neal, of Thornton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Thetta Allman, of Cabot, Ark.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Evie and Butch Nichols, of Mexia; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Dee and J. T. Phillips, of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Thornton United Methodist Church.