Muskogee Central High Class of 1967

Still "Doin' It" after all these years (breathing)

pender83James "Jim" Harold Rhodes Jr. Posted: February 26, 2015 - 10:15 pm

James “Jim” Harold Rhodes, Jr., 65 year old, Muskogee resident, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Tulsa. He was born to James Harold and Ellen (Harrison) Rhodes, Sr. on Thursday, April 7, 1949 in Checotah, Oklahoma. Jim was raised in Muskogee on Smith Ferry Road graduating from Muskogee High School in 1967. He attended Connors State College where he studied agriculture.

Jim married Linda Tidwell on Friday, January 24, 1969 at Shiloh Baptist Church. He joined the National Guard retiring 10 years ago. Jim worked for Buckaroo Nursery while in high school. In 1982, he began working for Fort Howard on the paper lines and then for Georgia Pacific later becoming a supervisor, retiring in April of 2014 as Senior Water Chemistry Technician/Power Plant Safety Coordinator. Jim loved working on tractors especially refurbishing old tractors.

His favorite sports were NASCAR and dirt track racing. He loved spending time with his kids and all of his grand babies. Jim was tough and hardworking, a little stubborn, loved to joke and was very dependable and trustworthy. He was a member of The Bridge at Christ Church of Muskogee.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Bob Tidwell. He is lovingly survived by his wife of the home, Linda; children, Rance Rhodes and his wife Tina of Muskogee, Robin Hicks and her husband Aaron of Red River, New Mexico and Austin Rhodes and his wife Ryan of Muskogee. Jim is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler Barnett and his wife Cindy of Inola, Dustin Wilkins of Tulsa, Chelsi Berry and Cierra Rhodes both of Muskogee, Canyon Hicks and Aspeyn Hicks both of Red River, New Mexico; great-grandchildren, Makiah Barnett, Jordan Barnett, Kendall Berry and Kinnsly Waterdown; brother, Roy Rhodes and his wife Kathy, sister, Stella Springer both of Muskogee; mother-in-law, Virginia Tidwell of Checotah as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family and a lifetime of friends.

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