Jerry Ray Rhodes, 76, of Pana, IL passed away at 3:44 a.m. on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, IL.
Jerry was born on November 2, 1944, in Pana, the third of 11 children, to Oral “Tex” and Imogene (Russell) Rhodes. He served in the United States Army from 1967-1969 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Metal, the Army Sharpshooter Marksmanship Badge and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Jerry and Joan Marie Brewer were united in holy matrimony on June 9, 1997 and from that union he gained four daughters: Cindy, Kimberly, Amy and Holly. Jerry was a member of Knobs Baptist Church in Tower Hill, the Kerr-Mize Post #168 American Legion of Pana and the Laborers’ Local 159 in Decatur. Jerry was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be missed dearly by all those who knew him.
Surviving are his son/grandson, Antjuan Ray Rhodes of Pana; four stepdaughters: Cindy (Leonard) Scholes of Vandalia, Kimberly Coen of Taylorville, Amy (Todd) Wright of Shelbyville and Holly Smith of Pana; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings: Gary (Donna) Rhodes of Pana, Carl (Penny) Rhodes of Shelbyville, Janet Robertson of Shelbyville, Rick Rhodes of Shelbyville and Debbie (Jeff) Stephens of Shelbyville; sister-in-law, Val Rhodes of Shelbyville; his two beloved fur babies, Bentley and Tootsie and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan Marie Rhodes; three brothers: Larry Rhodes, Ronnie Rhodes and Gene Rhodes; two sisters: Dottie Rhodes and Linda Rhodes Polley; two nephews: Chad and Randy; two nieces: Karrie and Jill and his beloved fur baby, Butterball.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Pastor Randy Miller officiating. Burial will take place in Twin Pines Cemetery in Pana with military rites performed by the Kerr-Mize Post #168 American Legion of Pana. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Memorials may be made in Jerry’s name to the Cancer Care Specialists of Decatur and mailed to Lockart-Green Funeral Home, %Jerry Rhodes, 302 W. Main St., Shelbyville, IL 62565.
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