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James Michael Rhodes: Loris

1958 – 2021

     James Michael “Mike” Rhodes of Loris passed away on Friday, Oct. 29, at McLeod Loris hospital. He was 63.

     Born Oct. 27, 1958 in Loris, he was the son of the late James Wendell Rhodes and the late Hazel Orie Smith Rhodes.

     Mike was a longtime active member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He was raised in the Loris area and worked from a young age at Graham Brothers Farm Supply. Later in life he went to work with the SC Department of Transportation until his medical retirement.

     Despite a physical handicap since birth he was known as a hardworking man and always took great pride in his work. He was also an avid supporter of his beloved Loris Lions, rarely missing a game, until his declining health made it impossible to attend.

     Mike’s love of the Lord, family, and neighbors was always on display. He never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a smile. He was a special child of God and will be truly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

     Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Prince Rhodes of the home; sister Phyllis Suggs and husband David; beloved cat Socks; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

     In addition to his parents, Mr. Rhodes was predeceased by a sister, Susan Thompkins and her husband Gene.

     Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Pastor Rodney Hord officiating, committal services following at Old Springfield Cemetery.

     Family planned to receive friends during the hour preceding the funeral at the church.

     Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4301 Red Bluff Road, Loris, SC 29569.

     A guest register is available here.