January 28, 2014

Edd D. Rhoades

— Edd D. Rhoades

Funeral service for Edd D. Rhoades, age 94, of Chickasha, Oklahoma will be held 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Sevier Funeral Home Chapel in Chickasha. 

Edd D. Rhoades was born May 26, 1919 in Walters, Oklahoma.  He was the son of Jacob Lee Rhoades and Ada Jane Bull Rhoades.  He passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Chickasha, OK.

He and Erma Rhoades were married August 28, 1946 in Paragould, Arkansas.  Mr. Rhoades attended Cameron State School of Agriculture and graduated from Oklahoma A&M (OSU) with a BS and MS in Agricultural Engineering.

 He first worked for the Southwest Proving Ground near Hope, Arkansas.  In WW II, he enlisted as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy and served in the Pacific.  He then worked for the Soil Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture, in Sulphur, Oklahoma.  In 1953 he moved to McAlester, OK where he was in charge of soil erosion control at the Naval Ammunition Depot.  In 1957 he moved to Chickasha, to carry out research for the Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, where he retired in 1981.  Subsequently, he continued to work part time with the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture in Oklahoma City for several years.

 He and his wife were members of the First Baptist Church where they and their children were actively involved.  He loved singing and was part of a barbershop quartet in Chickasha.  As a member of Kiwanis he is remembered for running the train ride for kids at Shanoan Springs Park in the summers for years.  Other pastimes he enjoyed included gardening and traveling.  He is fondly remembered as an intriguing story teller with his tales about his adventures growing up on the farm in SW Oklahoma near Hulen.  His family, both immediate and extended, was one of his highest priorities.  He loved his family, and his legacy lives on in their lives.  He is revered by his family as a role model of what a father should be like, especially his giving nature.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Lee, Robert, Cecil, Don, Scott and Leslie; one sister, Ruth; and daughter, Lynda.  Survivors include two sons, Dr. Edd D. Rhoades and wife Marilyn of Edmond and John Rhoades and wife Dr. Gina Smith-Rhoades of Norman; six grandchildren, Darilyn Greenhow, Rebekah Rhoades, Caryn Clark, Taylor Rhoades, Evan Frost and Lauren Lin; and seven great-grandchildren, Hannah Rhoades, Kaitlyn and Christopher Lin, Caedmon and Reyna Clark, and Noelle and Benjamin Greenhow. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Glenhaven Retirement Center and Lifeline Home Health and Hospice for care given over the past few years and recent weeks.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children-Oklahoma City Children’s Home or Dean McGee Eye Institute-Eye Research. 

Visitation will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, January 28, 2014 preceding the funeral service at the Sevier Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.


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