Samuel Delbert ""Sam"" Rhodes(1935 - 2014)

Samuel Delbert "Sam" Rhodes, of Front Royal, VA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Jeffersonton Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Tim McMangile, Pastor Mort Robson, and Elder Gary Utz. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Sam was born February 16, 1935 in Middleburg, VA, son of the late George Washington Rhodes and Julia Bell Kirk Rhodes.

He was a graduate of Aldie High School, where he was a member of the football and baseball teams. As a junior in high school, he was invited to try out for a major league baseball team. He was very fond of sports, especially football, baseball, golf and tennis and was very proficient in reciting facts and statistics about his favorite players and teams. Sam was a U.S. Army veteran and was stationed for several years in Germany. He retired from the Federal Government as Assistant Foreman of Operations at the White House. After retirement, Sam kept himself busy with a lawn care business for a number of years and also worked part-time at Jack Evans Chevrolet. Other favorite pastimes include fishing, listening to country music, and dancing.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Margaret Sheads Rhodes, of Front Royal; four daughters, Sharon Alice Rhodes of Winchester, Evelyn Carol Bowles and husband Mario of Lucketts, VA, Samantha Kelley Rose and husband Danny of Front Royal, and Julie Marie Montgomery and husband Bryan of Capon Bridge, WV; two step-sons, George M. Colvin, III and wife Laura of Rixeyville and Joshua R. Colvin and wife Anna of Midland; one step daughter, Cynthia Colvin Walker and husband Timothy of Culpeper; three sisters-in-law, Janice Rhodes, Barbara Rhodes, and Liz Rhodes; his former wife, Eleanor Rhodes; six grandsons, Samuel Anthony Rhodes, John Samuel Gillon, Christopher Michael Gillon, Justin Clayton Kerns, Michael Anthony Bowles, and John James Montgomery; three step-grandsons, James Reid, II, Lucas Colvin, and Philip Colvin; nine step-granddaughters, Jessica Disbrow, Jordanne Reid, Samantha Colvin, Shawna Colvin, Brooke Colvin, Callie Colvin, Susanna Colvin, Heather Montgomery, and Robyn Montgomery; three great grand-daughters, Illiana Disbrow, Sophia Disbrow, and Lilly Montgomery; numerous nieces and nephews;and last but certainly not least, his faithful four-legged companion "Otis".

Along with his parents, Sam was preceded in death by six sisters, Edith Duggan, Katherine Tinsman, Alice Budd, Rebecca Hayton, Judy Moore, and Joyce Martin; four brothers, Bruce Rhodes, Milton Rhodes, Ben Rhodes, and John Rhodes; a son-in-law, Frank Szczebak; and a grandson, Sydney Wyatt Colvin.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jeffersonton Baptist Church Building Fund, 18498 Springs Rd., Jeffersonton, VA 22724 or to North Warren Vol. Fire Dept, 89 Rockland Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Maddox Funeral Home
105 West Main Street Front Royal, VA 22630

Published in Northern Virginia Daily from May 30 to June 2, 2014