James Rhodes, known fondly as Keith, changed residence to his heavenly home on November 16, 2023, at the age of 55. He was born on February 19, 1968, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and his untimely departure has left a void in the hearts of all who knew him.
Keith’s dedication to excellence served him well in his 33 years at Kyocera Industrial Ceramics. He approached his work with diligence and commitment, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues. Outside of his professional life, Keith loved the outdoors. If he wasn’t zipping around on his mower or volunteering himself for more yard work, he enjoyed fishing on nearby lakes, early Saturday morning yard sales, and visiting waterfalls with his wife.
Keith’s relationship with God led him to become a valued member of French Broad Baptist Church for over ten years. His faith played an integral role in shaping his character and guiding his actions. Alongside his church involvement, Keith proudly represented his community as a lifelong resident of Henderson County. He graduated from East Henderson High School and served in the Army, exemplifying his commitment to his country.
Anyone who knew Keith could tell you he was a real salt of the earth man. He was respected by everyone, humble, generous, and blessed with comedic timing that could light up a room. He had an unwavering desire to help others and was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. Keith loved big, with patience and resilience, he was reliable in every way. He will be missed by us all.
Keith is survived by his beloved wife Janet Elizabeth Rhodes, whom he shared sixteen beautiful years with, Keith was also cherished by his father Sherrell Bentley Rhodes and mother Barbara Anne Rhodes. His memory will forever be treasured by his son Tyler Rhodes, and his wife Dallas Rhodes of Hendersonville, his daughters Emily King of Etowah, and Megan King of Weaverville, and son Ryan King of Swannanoa. Keith’s precious grandchildren Penelope, Emoree, and Gemma brought immense joy into his life.
Keith found solace in the companionship of his twin brother John Kenneth Rhodes and his wife Angie Rhodes, as well as his brother Sherrell Scott Rhodes and his wife Tina Rhodes, and their son Bradley Rhodes and his wife. Additionally, he held a special place in his heart for his beloved “Nanny,” Patricia Ann Hansen. Keith’s impact extended far and wide, and he was loved by countless others who are impossible to list.
A celebration of Keith’s life will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 11:00 am at French Broad Baptist Church, with Pastor Kemuel Pruitt leading the service. As we gather to honor his memory, let us remember the warmth, humor, kindness, and selflessness that defined Keith’s life. May his legacy inspire us to find joy in the simple things, support those in need, and love one another unconditionally.
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