Captain Paul David Rhodes, age 74, passed away suddenly, but peacefully on December 4, 2020.
He is preceded in death by his wonderful parents, John Richard and Josephine Fisher Rhodes, his brother, Phillip Rhodes, and most recently, his dear cousin, Perry Bell. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Debra Wade Rhodes. He is also survived by his children, Stephanie Lynn Rhodes and husband, James Mahoney, Woody Rhodes and wife, Lindsay Woody Rhodes, Jon Rhodes and wife, Marlana Rhodes, and Kimberly Ruth Rhodes and husband, Branden Jackson; grandchildren, Siobhan Mahoney, Brianna Plumb, Nathan Plumb, Ciara Mahoney, Liam Mahoney, Maddox Rhodes, Conor Rhodes, Logan Rhodes, Anaya Brady, Chloe Brady, Faith Rhodes, Tanner Rhodes, Wesley Jackson, Vera Jackson, and future granddaughter, Ella Caroline Rhodes; sister, Alice Watts; brothers, Roy Rhodes and wife, Marie, and Tim Rhodes and wife, Sarah; sister-in-law, Charlene Rhodes, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Captain Paul was a true gem of the sea. He shared with his wife a deep love of nature and the beauty of the world around them. He was strong and tough when called for, but had a tender heart by nature. He was a man of many talents; a life-long learner always willing to share wisdom in a manner so humble, true, and deep. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it and was loved and respected by his family and all who knew him. Captain Paul was a God-fearing man whose faith ran deep.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that we all pay forward and live life by the example Captain Paul embraced each day. Be kind and love one another. He embraced, lived by, and taught his children to have a true concern for others, expressed eloquently from an unknown author below.
You never really know the true impact you have on those around you. You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around. You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk. So don’t wait to be kind. Don’t wait for someone else to be kind first. Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change. Just be kind, because you never know how much someone needs it.
Captain Paul served his country honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.
A celebration of life will be scheduled and announced at a later date due to Covid 19 restrictions. The Family would like to thank everyone for all of the thoughts, prayers, smiles, hugs, deep talks, and kindness they have received during this time.
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