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September 14, 2014
Hey daddy. It's been a little over a year and a half since I last seen you and believe me, I only miss you more and more every day! You were always there for the good times and bad times, you always had time for us, but not only that you wanted to be there. I wish we could have had more time. I still need you our family still needs you! I have so many great memories. I always knew how lucky I was to have you as my daddy. I was so proud of who you were. You always put your family first, you worked hard to give us all we ever wanted, you were our daddy, our coach, our best friend, and my hero, you loved to laugh and make others laugh, you loved life! You could always make things ok, so forgiving, always wanted to help others, you wanted the best for everyone. I will always remember the things you have taught me and I play things you have told me over and over in my head. I try so hard to do what I know you would have wanted me to do, but its really hard sometimes. You would be proud that I have tried so hard to keep some things to myself, because over and over in my head i can hear you say...Jamie, not everybody needs to know what you think. I can hear you telling me that and us just laughing, even though I knew you meant it, we would still just laugh. Well, since we can't make plans together anymore I have too much time alone, it's really sad. I noticed the other day what I have been doing, and I am just trying to stay busy in the yard, I can stay out there all day and you can't even tell I have done anything, I don't even carry my phone with me because I always think no need, no one's going to call, my daddy is not here to call me, but when I am out there I see so many butterflies and I just think of you. Almost everyday I see you out the corner of my eye, at sometime through out the day, and I turn and look but then I don't see you. I really wonder if it really is you? Are you really here watching over me? Are you standing behind to catch me if I fall or like you have always said, "I will always have your back, I am and will always be your best friend." You know what I love most about hearing you say that? It was not just words, you showed us so many times that it was the truth! I miss you and I love you so very much!
June 15, 2014
Happy Father's day daddy. You are the best daddy ever!! I love you and I miss you so much!! Thank you so much for always loving me. I love you always and forever daddy!!!
June 11, 2014
Hey daddy. I miss you so much! Every day I wake up I wish you were here. So many things have happened that we needed you here to be a part of. Josh and Heather got married! I know that you are so happy for them. We always knew Heather was a keeper:) Well daddy Fathers Day is in a few days and I can't believe this will be our 2nd Father's Day without you here. It is tough but everyday is tough without you here! You are such an amazing daddy!! We are lucky that God chose us to be your children! I thank God that you are my daddy because he gave me the best daddy in world!! I love you and I miss you so much!! I miss being with you and talking to you and just hearing your laugh. I posted our softball picture on facebook and all the girls commented about how you were the best coach they ever had because you cared about them as young ladies not only softball players. You left a wonderful legacy for so many. You showed love and care for so many daddy. I love daddy and I will see you again!!!
March 26, 2014
It is so hard to believe that it has been a year already, It is still so fresh on my mind and heart. It is like still having the bad dream!
My heart hurts so badly to see Jamie hurt so bad and struggle to function each day without her daddy! Tomorrow would have been a fun filled day full of birthday celebrating!
I am so honored to hear stories & memories told by Jamie, Josh, Reed & John Preston. Especially John Preston, bless his heart he is so innocent minded. He and Reed both talk about their Pops all of the time!
It truly is a blessing to have known you and be apart of your life.

Love Always,
Christy Baxley
March 18, 2014
Hey daddy, I miss you so much!!! Your birthday is almost here, and it has almost been an entire year now. It has been the hardest, saddest, and most miserable year of my life. I wish we could have had more time! I wish so much that you were still here!! Everything is so different now, daddy!! We need you so much for so many reasons. You are the best daddy in the world and we are lucky to have you for our daddy!! It was such a wonderful feeling to know that I always would have someone on my side, someone that would always be there to protect me, and someone that was always going to love me and be there for me no matter what. You are such an awesome daddy!!! I will always try to protect my boys like you always protected us. The boys miss you so much daddy we talk about you daily. Reed reminds me so much of you, it's really funny, he does some things sometimes and I just laugh and think about how much y'all act alike and even look alike:) I miss you daddy and I love you so very much!!!
December 20, 2013
Hey daddy, every day there is something I need you for. I wish you were here!! I didn't realize how much we talked, how much we were together, but I do now. Monday through Friday from about 8-2, that was our time. Kids were at school, everyone was at work, except us, we could do whatever we wanted to do. Now it's so lonely without you here. I so often want to call you and talk to you, go eat lunch with you, go to the boats with you, make plans with you, or just stop by to hug you and tell you that I love you. Both of the boys had there school Christmas parties this week, it was so hard going by myself, I needed you there so bad. The holidays are so hard without you, but so is just everyday life. I depended on you for so much, for all my life. So much makes me think of you daddy. It is so hard to except that you really aren't here, you really aren't going to call me, I'm really not going to see you, (sometimes I do think I see you, (out of the corner of my eye) and when I turn around you aren't there. Oh it hurts so bad!! I feel like I have had the breath knocked out of me. Life is not the same without you and it hurts! I wish I could fix everything daddy, but I can't, I wish I could make things like you wanted it to be, but I can't, I wish I could be happy, TRULEY happy, but I can't. I need you daddy, you could make all of this right. Josh reminds me so much of you now. He has really stepped up to the plate to be the man of the family like you wanted him to be. I know your proud:) I love you daddy and I miss you very much, and you will always be my first wish, I wish you were here!!
October 16, 2013
I miss you so much. You did everything in your power to prepare me for being the man of the family. I never would have dreamed of all the things that you took care of. It is a lot. You did such an amazing job of keeping this family near and dear to each other. I have tried so hard to be there for everyone and to find the right words to comfort them all and I need your help doing this. I block my emotions and my sadness around everyone to try and be strong. It feels like I'm swallowing boulders to keep the tears from flowing. My heart hurts everyday man. I think about you non stop. I wake up and want to call you so bad. I want to talk to you on my way to work. I want to meet you for lunch. I bought a muscle car and I want to come get you so bad and watch you drive it with that smile ear to ear and you "floor it". I am putting a cam in my car soon. I know you loved cams because we used to youtube cars with cams and play it on the surround sound and just dream. I miss those little things like that Dad. Every time I get in my car I think about you because I know you would have loved it. I hear new songs that come on the radio that have a good beat and I think, man Dad would love that song. Then I just imagine you dancing to it in my passenger seat. I have took many big steps since we last spoke. I decided to follow in your foot steps and I am now also in warehousing and logistics. I try every day to make you proud of me. You made so many good impressions on people on this earth, I truly believe that is why I even got this opportunity. I love it because daily I meet somebody that knows you and I get to hear all these funny stories about you and how you were the best boss. I have been told these things several times,
Man your Daddy was quite the man.
He knew his stuff.
Your Daddy gave me a chance and believed in me when nobody else did.
Your Dad is the reason I am where I am now.
My business is what it is because of your Dad.
Your Dad was one cool cat. He was the life of the party.
Your Dad was one demanding S.O.B. but I loved him for it.

Dad I could go on and on about what all these people say about you. You made quite the impact on many lives including mine. I am the man I am today because of you. I think often about all the trips me and you made together. I fondest memories are all with you Dad. I truly am lost without you. I wish so badly that I had gotten my stuff together and had a wife and kids for you to meet. It hurts me to know that if I ever have kids they will not get to meet you. But I promise you this, they will hear so much about their Pops from me they will feel like they do know you. Dad I am trying to do the things I know I need to do but I hurt bad. Life was so much better and easier with you here. I am going to the Rhodes family reunion this weekend. I know you would be so proud to know I am going to continue to go. I love them all Dad and I know you did too. It is just going to be so hard being there without you. Please be with me and give me strength. Dad I love you so much and when I grow up I want to be just like you. I miss you Dad. I love you.
October 09, 2013
Missing you so much!!! I really need you here to share my life with. These last 6 months without you have been most difficult. I love you with ALL my heart. Until we meet again, Karen
September 04, 2013
Hey daddy. It's been a Miserable 5 months! I miss you so much daddy!! It doesn't seem to get any easier, it just seems you are missed more and more everyday! Daddy, I have been so wrapped up in myself missing you that I have shut people out. Reed came home from school today crying uncontrolably and would not tell me what was wrong, when he finally broke down and told me, I realized how bad he is hurting and how much he misses you. His assignment today at school was to write a letter to his grandparents for grandparents day, which is Sunday. He said he wanted to write a letter to you (pops). But he couldn't stop crying to write it. He said his teacher kept asking what was wrong but he was crying so hard he couldn't tell her. I was not sure how I could comfront him because I can't seem to even comfront myself. I have pushed so many people away daddy because it's just too hard. So I just held Reed and we cried together and I let him talk. He misses his pops so much!! He misses how you both would have your intelligent talks. (my favorite was the one about how to fix the oil spill problem) Y'all had a special bond. I told Reed y'all are both just smarter than the rest of us, he just nodded his head yes:) the boys mention you at least once a day so I knew that they miss you. I guess I just didn't realize how bad Reed was hurting. I need your help daddy, it's really hard and lonely without you!! I don't know how to live without you and I don't want to, but I just keep reminding myself how it seemed our time on earth together was so short, and how time just flew by, so I know I will see you again soon. And thank you daddy:) I love you and miss you so much!!!
June 24, 2013
Uncle Mike, You were always nine foot tall and bullet proof to me as a young kid and 10 feet tall and bullet proof as an adult.. You were a wonderful father and friend to your own kids as we all agree, but i cant imagine how you could have been any better to anyone as you were to myself and my brothers.. Uncle Mike, i grew up without a dad and father figure and my mother did the very best she could.. But I AM PROUD to say that anything my mother could not handle, you were always there to step in and offer anything and all you had.... I always felt loved and protected around you and I am greatful for you always finding the time to be there for my brothers a and I... You were tough, firm, and direct but you always found a loving way to get you message across.. Uncle Mike, i valued our love and friendship so much and i am truly truly going to miss miss you.. I will never remove your phone number from my phone because we still have so much to talk about and i will still call upon you for your tough love and advice... You Never miss lead me...As i write this message to you, i can still hear your mischievous laugh... Uncle Mike i love you dearly and i am SUPER SUPER proud of the legacy you left behind... Brother, there are many many people whole love and miss you dearly. I know the gates were wide open for you and we will meet again... Lots of love and i will see you in the future....
June 16, 2013
Hey daddy, as much as I never wanted this day to come it came anyway. I never wanted to be here without you!! I think about all times you called me a mother hen when you were sick. (and deep down i know you loved it:)) Well I know I was and it was because I wanted to protect you. If love could have saved you daddy, you would still be here!! I love you so much!! I miss you daddy!!! There is not a day that goes by when i dont miss you!! It is so lonely without you!! Today is fathers day daddy and it hurts so bad that I know I won't be seeing you!!! Thank you daddy for being such a wonderful daddy!! You will always be my hero and my best friend!! I have so much I need you for daddy, I wish you were here!!! Happy fathers day daddy I love you with all my heart!!! Jamie
June 06, 2013
May 29, 2013
My dearest Mike, This has been the hardest 2 months of my life. I cannot begin to imagine my life without you. We have shared so many memories or like we would say "First". We laughed after all those years when we were able to share a "first". Thank you for allowing me to share all the wonderful years with you & giving me the 3 loves of my life. Boy, our kids have been a blessing & the strength they have displayed I know makes you proud. Jamie, Joshua, Jordan, Bo, Reed, John Preston, Winston & all our family miss you more than you could imagine. I know that your with us because I feel your presence & guidance. You tried to prepare me for this day but too like our kids, I was in denial that you would be called home so soon. I miss you so much JOHN MICHAEL RHODES!!! Please know that our family will carry on the many lessons & family traditions. The army mailed me a letter stating that you received a Sharpshooter medal. They will mail it soon. I'm so proud that you served OUR country. Jordan GRADUATED!!! You had the best seat beside your baby girl. John Preston graduated from K-5. I love you Mike & you will always be "MY LOVE", Karen
May 28, 2013
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
May 22, 2013
Hey daddy, there has been so much happen in the past 8 weeks many things that should have been happy times but because your not here its been so hard to be happy. I don't believe I will ever have true happiness again because I can't help but to think that you should be here, you should be here with me!! I was talking to aunt Sandra last night and we were talking about how many people love you and miss you. So many people that you made a true impact in their lives and they love you and respect you because of it. I wish you could have known how many lives you touched during your short time on earth. Of coarse it makes me proud, but I've always been so proud of you, because I always knew you were one awesome daddy, provider, friend, pops, brother, uncle, son, I could go on and on. Daddy, I miss you so much!! I still don't know how you did so much, you worked, coached josh and I in sports, seemed like every weekend we were out in the boat skiing and having so much fun, went on family vacations, spending time with the whole family, and helping others. You made the best of every moment!!! You amaze me daddy!!! I love you daddy and I look forward to the day when we are together again!! You are and have always been my best friend and I need you daddy!! I love you, Jamie
May 20, 2013
Well Daddy I'm sorry it took me so long to write in this but I was being a blonde and couldn't figure this out haha. Well I honestly don't even know where to start, I went to Worlds daddy and we did amazing!!! The crazy thing is, I felt you there and my whole team felt something noone has ever felt we had an angel out on that floor with us and it was you <3 I made cheering at Faulkner!! I know if you were here you'd be so proud because I knew you wanted me there close to home and that's exactly where I will be, ill nerve forget where home is.. Also I GRADUATED!!! I did it daddy, I'm completely done with highschool and let me tell you, it feels amazing but it's so crazy how time flies. There's so much to tell you what's going on in my life. I wish I could get a bear hug from my daddy right now <3 you really are my heart and your everything I could have ever ask for in a daddy, you are my rock and every lesson you ever taught me I will carry with me the rest of my life and that's my drive to be successful and make you proud! I miss you more and more everyday and you will forever and always be in my heart, I will ALWAYS be your little girl. :) I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DADDY<3 this isn't goodbye, but ill see you soon and I can't wait for that day!! <3
May 20, 2013
Coach Mike was my first football coach, and no matter what, I've always called him "coach". I was a timid 6 year old boy, and he helped me overcome my timidity. Some people come into your life for a short time, but have a lasting impact. I can't remember many things from over 20 years ago, but I can remember many good interactions with Coach Mike. He always made me feel welcome, even if I felt shy. I had big problems with weight when I was younger and he just told me "tell them that you may be over weight, but they're ugly Andy you can always lose weight." It made me feel good to have an authority figure on my side. My parents love me, but as a child, you take that for granted. Coach Mike made me feel special, though he didn't have to. I lost touch with him and his family in the years after park ball, but I never lost my fondness for him. I always respected him, and hoped to run into him whenever I visited that area. It made me sad to learn of his passing. I will always remember him fondly and wish the best for those who were closest to him.
May 20, 2013
It just doesn't seem right that hour gone, but i guess God needed you now so that will comfort me until i can see you again. i am just so thankful that Hayden got to meet you, i was shocked when she let you hold her for so long, but then again you were filled with so much love. I will make sure she knows who you are and that you loved her. I diffently won't mind if you come down and check on her every once in awhile either, after all she is my daughter... another set of eyes would help. To close i just want to thank you for giving me some great childhood memories and for adding so much happiness to our families. we love and miss you so much, and always will.
May 19, 2013
Whenever I think about you I can't help but think about the first time I met you. You know that normally I'm a loud person but for some reason I was so nervous to meet everyone. We brought you Dairy Queen that night. As we were sitting in the den you and josh were just a talking and I was very busy watching Winston because I've never seen a dog with human eyes before! As we were sitting there you look over at me and say, "you always this quiet girl?" I bust out laughing and so did you! That was the best ice breaker ever and I loved you for it! I loved you so much and always loved being with everyone. You always brought so much joy and laughter to every get together and ill never forget it. Thank you Mr. Mike for being you:) love you and miss you.
May 16, 2013
As I sit here trying to find the right words to express just how amazing you are, I am reminded by something you always told me, live each day like it is your last. These past few weeks have really opened my eyes to the importance of not losing touch with those who mean the world to you and to indeed live each day like it is my last. You always had such a way with words and making sure that everyone knew just how much they were loved, no matter how bad life was at that time. I will never forget the memories, the talks and words of wisdom you have given me over the years and will cherish them always. Love you to the moon and back and will miss you so very much!
May 15, 2013
Hey baby brother, I miss you so very much.I miss your calls and somtimes I catch myself dialing your number but I know where your at. You are with Jesus Christ and moma and daddy.I love you baby brother.God bless
May 15, 2013
Hey Unlce Michael. I really really miss you right now.I would be seeing you tomorrow for my graduation.Ima be up there and I still know that your gonna be there in my heart.I love you Unlce Michael.
May 15, 2013
Mike and I coached Football at Semmes Community Park for several years. I have always admired him for his dedication to his family and friends. He always believed in honesty and friendliness. He always had a smile and was very very proud of his family always putting them first. I will miss him very much as a friend but I will never forget him as a person who cared and loved his family and friends. He always greeted me with a smile even if we had not seen each other in a while. His family to me was always close knit. I really really believe that his memory will live on and on. God Bless his family, Please watch over them and bring them comfort.
May 13, 2013
As I was sitting in church yesterday listening to a message about the legacy we leave behind, I could not stop thinking about Mr.Mike. He has definitley left a true legacy to be proud of. I know his children are so proud to call him dad! Mr.Mike has inspired me to be a better daughter and have no regrets! He has also inspired me to be a better parent. Mr. Mike showed a love for his children that many will never get to experience. A true love that a father should have for his children. I can not imagine the pain that his children are feeling. I am so happy that they each have their wonderful memories shared with their dad. Memories that will be told to their children & grandchildren.
I already miss the days where Jamie will say "me & daddy are going here for lunch, if u want to join us" I already miss hearing Mr. Mike telling Jamie & I about the places we should see when we are planning a girls trip!And hearing about what he did when he visited there. I even miss him telling me about the good drinks on sale for the week. If I should go to CVS or not :)
I will continue to pray for Jamie, Josh, & Jordan to find comfort and understanding. I pray that through Mr. Mike's legacy and everlasting love they will be able to find joy again.
I feel so honored to have had the oppurtunity to get to know him!
Until we meet again~ Christy Baxley
May 08, 2013
Hey Daddy, I miss you so much, my heart truly hurts. I never believed I would be here on earth without you. I want so badly to be with you, daddy. You have always been the best daddy in the world! There is not another dad that even comes close to how great you are. Daddy you are my best friend, my hero, I come to you with everything because I have always known that as long as you are on my side everything is going to be fine, and you were always on my side! You always knew how to make things better, you could fix everything. I need you so bad, I am so lost and lonely without you, it hurts to breath! I am trying so hard daddy to keep going because I know that is what you want me to do, but it is so hard. Daddy, I know you tried to prepare for the day that God would call you home, but I never wanted to hear it! I thought as long as you understood that it was not ok with me, for you to leave me, that you would always be here! I told you many times I can not live without you! I am still here but I am not the same person any more. I am lost and miserable without you, but I am trying, daddy. You are always on my mind and in my heart! When the sun shines on me and I feel the wind around me, I know your hugging me to try to make me feel better and it does help. I love you so much, daddy! I miss you so much, I miss all our times together, I miss all the phone calls, I miss all the hugs and laughter, I miss everything about you! But I am thankful for all the memories and I am thankful that God gave you to me as my daddy, I am so lucky for that! I love you, Jamie
May 07, 2013
Thanks for the memories Mike !! You will always be missed !! Can not think of a finer person to be associated with !! May God Bless My Friend !!
May 06, 2013
Uncle Michael, you are truly missed by your family.. You were an amazing dad to your children. A brother and friend to your sister.. You were a great uncle and friend when we were both growing-up.. Love ya, Charlene
May 06, 2013
I miss you so much Dad. You are truly my best friend, mentor, father and HERO. I love you so much. I know you are so happy to be with your Dad again and I can't wait to see you guys again. Words can't describe how much I miss you. I am so proud to be your son. You really did so much good in this world. You helped so many people in so many ways. You are a awesome man and leader. I love you. I will try daily to make you proud of me.
May 06, 2013
Hey Boss, I thought alot about you today.
I was bush hogging and mowing around the barn getting ready for the boys big birthday party next weekend.I sure am gonna hate it when you dont walk in them barn doors and say "Hey BoBo watcha been up to?""hows that new job going?"and then tell me how good the place looks or something encourageing.You always had a way of making me feel better no matter what the sircumstances were.Mike I think you influenced,encouraged,and motivated me more than you ever really knew.Man i sure do miss you!You know me and you talked one time about how bad Jamie was gonna react when you left us,and she is so hurt and she misses you so much but i think shes handleing it better than you or i thought she would.I promise ill do all i can to comfort her as best as i can.
Well i know you dont want us all mopeing around down here,and i think deep down all of us here on earth know that as long as our hearts are rite with the lord when our clock stops then we will see you again!We All Just Miss You!! I hope they got Hot Rods in Heaven!!
Well, ill see ya again soon enough.
I love Ya and I miss Ya....
April 19, 2013
Continuing to pray for all of you in this difficult time. We love you! Kevin & Kathy Wade
April 04, 2013
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Brenda Payne (from Evonik-Degussa). I worked with Mike for many years and thought a lot of him.
April 03, 2013
April 02, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of your loss! You and your family will be in our prayers!

Susie and Jeff Tapley
April 02, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen, Jamie, Josh, and Jordan. May God's grace hold you through this difficult time. We love all of you, and loved Mike too - he was so special! Donnie and Lynne Rhodes
April 02, 2013
Karen, I am so sorry about Mike. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
April 02, 2013
Karen and family, my heart and love is with you at this hard time of your life. My prayers are with you and know we love you.
April 01, 2013
To Karen and the children, my condolences on the passing of Mike. We had some memorable times together in the early days of working together @ the plant. He was a good man and a great person to work with and he cared about the people around him. God bless all of you.
April 01, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Karen, Josh, Jamie & Jordan. Mama and I loved Mike very much and will miss him terribly. Mike was someone you always enjoyed being around. We were very blessed to have known him.
April 01, 2013
For the family, we will be praying for your loss. Mike you will be greatly missed for your laughter, love of life and your smile. Until we see you again in the arms of Jesus. Rest in peace.
Sandi Jackson
April 01, 2013
Karen, you will be in my prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort during thIs time.
April 01, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. I wish that we would have been able to attend the services. Billy is right in the middle of his radiation treatments now Monday thru Friday, but believe me our thoughts and prayers our with you all.
We love you all so much.
Sincerely, Billy & Imogene Jordan and Family.
April 01, 2013
We will miss you!! You were a wonder man and father!! I'm glad we met and were a part of your family! We love you Uncle Mike! Love Jenn, Kaylin & Chance Dalton
April 01, 2013
Karen, I just heard about Mike's passing. I enjoyed knowing and working with Mike through the years. You and the family will be in our prayers. Larry Mothershed
April 01, 2013

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Mike. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
April 01, 2013
My prayers are with you and your family.
April 01, 2013
RIP Mike..you will ne missed.we go way back for twins growing up.
April 01, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss, but I know you and your family are already looking forward to the day you'll see him again! What an Easter weekend he had!! I'll continue to remember you all in prayer! Love, Ann
Love, Ann
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