Margaret Vance Rhodes, 98 years of age, departed this life to be with her Lord on September 23, 2012 in Nashville, TN. She was born in Neshoba, Ms on December 26, 1913
Margaret was preceded in death by Ralph,her husband of 54 years; her parents, Bruce and Mattie Vance; her sister, Mary Lou Vance; her brother, Paul Vance: and granddaughter, Tammy Birchfield.
She leaves behind her daughter, Rebecca Birchfield (Burt) of Nashville, TN; her son, Bill Rhodes (Rosalind) of Covington, LA; grandchildren, Leslie Karl (Dan) and Leigh Ann Gravette (Paul) of Nashville, TN, John David Rhodes of Brighton, England and Stephen Rhodes of Berlin, Germany. Margaret is also survived by six great grandchildren, from Nashville, TN: Rhodes, Banks, and Vance Gravette and Cade, Greer, and Layne Karl; and by brothers, Berlin Vance of Amarillo, TX and James Herbert Vance (Anne) of Union, Ms. She is also survived and fondly remembered by a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Margaret graduated from Peabody Teacher's College in Nashville, TN in 1937 and married Ralph Rhodes of Duncan, SC in 1939. Margaret taught school for thirty years in five different southern states. All through her life, she was a faithful member and volunteer in Baptist churches. While in Nashville, she was a member of Clear View Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and was His faithful follower.
Friends and relatives are invited to the funeral services at First Baptist Church of Union, Ms on Thursday at 11 A.M. with Rev. Jon Martin officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 A.M. Burial will follow the services at the Neshoba Baptist Church Cemetery in Neshoba, Ms. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers:Dan Karl, Paul Gravette, Mike Douglas, Lee Brown, John David Rhodes and Stephen Rhodes