Rev. Willard Rhodes

June 23, 1927 - November 21, 2009

06/23/1927 - 11/21/2009

Past Services

Monday November 23, 2009
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
East Hendersonville Baptist Church
110 Shepherd Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Tuesday November 24, 2009
2:00 pm
Living Water Church
1284 Sugarloaf Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 698-4664 | Directions

Rev. Willard Rhodes, 82, of Hendersonville passed away Saturday, November 21, 2009, at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation.

ìStrike up the band, assemble the choir, sing a welcome song, another soldier has come homeî. On Saturday, November 21, 2009, Rev. Willard Rhodes completed his earthly journey only to be welcomed by friends and family that have gone ahead of him and the Savior he had introduced so many to. Upon his arrival, we are sure he was greeted by his daughter, Jan Rhodes Gravely, and son-in-law, Travis Lively, just to name a few.

A native of Henderson County, he faithfully ministered to many people in the community as a pastor of several churches in the area during over fifty years of service. Continuing his legacy are his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Rhodes; daughters, Annette Lively of East Flat Rock, Lorie and Ricky Henderson of Dana; son, J R and Teresa Rhodes of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Angelique and Troy McMurray of Zirconia, Heth and Billie Lively of Zirconia, Autum Henderson of Dana, Jerred and Tiffany Henderson of East Flat Rock, Joe Kev Gravely of Saluda; great grandchildren, Josie Lively and Landen McMurray; along with his brothers and sisters as well as his many nieces and nephews and their children.

The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Living Water Baptist Church. The Reverends Mike Stewart and Carroll Poole will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, at East Hendersonville Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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Harold & Lois McKinnish
8 years ago

Dorothy and family:

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. It is never easy to release the ones we

love. However, we know where he is and one day the family will be united.

God bless each of you in the days and months ahead.

Our love,

Harold and Lois

Dan Gunning
8 years ago

Dorothy, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I trust you and your family are well.

8 years ago

So Sorry to hear of you loss. He will be missed by many. You are all in my prayers. Cheryl.

Donna Pruitt Almaraz
8 years ago

Jr., I am sorry for your loss of your Dad–you & your family are in my prayers.

Bill Hoots
8 years ago

All of the Rhodes family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill Hoots
8 years ago

All of the Rhodes family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Roxie Pressley
8 years ago

Dorothy so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Our prayers are with you and your family. Let the comfort of the Lord see you through this difficult time.

Wanda Case Tolar
8 years ago

Dear JR and Lori,

I am so saddened to learn of the loss of your precious Daddy. God bless you and your family!

Your Friend,


Vic Hollingsworth
8 years ago

JR, sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless. Take care.


Steven W.
8 years ago

Friend Lorie and family,

Was so sorry to hear of the loss of Willard,he was a fine man. Has been a lot of sorrow for your family this year. I do hope that this Thanksgiving gathering of your family brings you all PEACE.

Steven W.