Virginia Voss Stone Rhodes, 98, of Warren, passed away on December 21, 2017 at Timberlane Health and Rehabilitation in El Dorado.

She was born on August 27, 1919, in Talladega, Alabama to the late John Edward and Jessie Brown Stone.

Mrs. Rhodes liked to tell that her father was the mayor of Talladega when they paved the streets. When she was very young, her family moved to Biscoe, Arkansas where she grew up. She graduated from Brinkley High School in 1937 and Ouachita Baptist College, now OBU, in 1941, where she was an EEE.

She married John Huntley Rhodes in 1944 and taught a few years in the Earle and Wynne schools. When children came along, Mrs. Rhodes began her career as a stay-at-home mom. John went to work for Conoco and the couple lived several places in Texas before settling in Waldo, Arkansas.

For most of her adult life, Mrs. Rhodes was a church pianist, accompanying her husband as he led the singing. Together, they worked with many youth groups in churches. She also taught many young people to play the piano. She loved the Lord and taught her children about strength through faith by her example. She enjoyed yard work, especially her irises, and fishing for crappie with her husband. John and Virginia were devoted to each other through 60 years of marriage, and she lovingly cared for him until his death in 2004.

In her last years, Mrs. Rhodes was a member of First Baptist Church in Warren.

Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Russell Rhodes; and her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Nap Smith.

Survivors are two sons, John Rhodes (Anita) of Longmont, Colorado, and Jim Rhodes (Debbie) of Orange, Texas; a daughter, Marilyn Riley of Hermitage; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and her beloved cat, Kitty Pie.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 28, at 11 a.m. at Waldo Cemetery in Waldo with Rev. Mike Turner officiating.

The family would like to thank the staff members of Timberlane Health and Rehab and Lifetouch Hospice for their loving care in her final weeks, staff members at The Guesthouse and Chapel Woods Health and Rehabilitation for their care in recent years and Barbara Howse, a special friend and caregiver.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 310 S. Main, Warren, AR, 71671.

 

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