Betty Walker Rhoads, 80, widower of Richard Thomas Rhoads, Sr., went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, passing at her residence in Beaufort, SC. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 2-4pm at Anderson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:30am in Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel with interment in Beaufort National Cemetery. Mrs. Rhoads was born on June 23, 1933 in Hopewell, VA. She is the daughter of the late Wilmer Dunn Walker and Ethelyn Nichols Walker. Mrs. Rhoads was married to Richard for 48 ½ years and they had six wonderful children. Betty was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, where she served as pianist for 22 years. She was manager at local school cafeterias for 10 years, music director at Laurel Bay Baptist Church for 30 years, soloist for S. C. Baptist Singing Church Women and director for Come Celebrate Jesus for 22 years and music director for the Fifth Sunday Sings for 18 years. She also was a piano teacher for 37 years, treasurer and soloist for National Federation of the Blind for 6 years, soloist and pianist for Daughters of America for 10 years, soloist and music chairman of Christian Women's Club for 6 years, soloist and pianist for Anderson Funeral Home for many years, state councilor and pianist for the Daughter's of America for 16 years. Surviving are one daughter, Betty Lynn Rhoads Ennis of Beaufort, SC; four sons, Richard Thomas Rhoads, Jr., of Sylvester, GA; Jeffrey Scott Rhoads of Beaufort, SC; Cameron Edward Rhoads of Fort Worth, TX and Paul Douglas Rhoads of Ridgeville, SC; two sisters, Jeanne Jasinski of Hampton, VA and Jo Carol Walker of Havelock, NC; two brothers, Burl Alexander Walker of Plymouth, NC and John Wayne Walker of Miami, FL; ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; one son, Daryl Bruce Rhoads, one grandson, Edward Glenn Rhoads; one brother, Wilmer "Sonny" D. Walker, Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Meadowbrook Baptist Church, P. O. Box 118, Beaufort, SC 29901. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
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Published in The Island Packet from Dec. 20, 2013 to Jan. 20, 2014