James Edward Rhoades


James Edward Rhoades, 80, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1942, to the late Ed Rhoades Jr. and Elsie Lucille Greene. He retired from McKee Bakery after many years of service. James was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a “jack of all trades” who could work on just about anything. James was a devoted man of God who loved speaking with others about his faith.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Della Mae Jackson; and brother, Allen Ray Rhoades Sr.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his children, James Richard Rhoades (Debbie), Donna Kay Wilbanks (Michael), James Timothy Rhoades and Melissa Anne Ross (Michael); siblings, Judy Ann Mayrose (Rick), Emma Holt (Dave), Sandy Reed (John), Doug Rhoades (Nita) and Jeffrey Rhoades; grandchildren, Michael Preston Rhoades (Zaidy), Mark Shannon Rhoades (Lacey), Tiffany Nicole Buchtel (Harley), Austin Paul Arp (Kate) and Talesha Haley White (Casey); six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

James’ family will receive friends at the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday.

A Celebration of James’ Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday following visitation, with Rev. Ken Eledge officiating.

He will be laid to rest at Varner Cemetery in Soddy-Daisy following the service.

You are invited to share a personal memory of James or your condolences with his family at his online memorial at



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