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William David, son of Cordelia (Sayre) and Dorris Edward Rhodes was born on December 16, 1912 12 miles west of Carmen, Oklahoma on his parents Homestead. He passed away at the Alva Share Medical Center on the 15th of April at the age of 99 years, 3 months and 30 days.
He attended the Lone Star Rural Grade School.
On June 3, 1941 he was married to Mattie Elizabeth (Haltom) Hedrick at Watonga, Oklahoma. To their marriage a son Bill was born.
They made their home on a farm north of Cleo Springs, Oklahoma for 19 years.
He drove a school bus at Cleo and worked for the Major County Highway Department and the R.E.A.
In 1960 they moved to a farm seven miles south of Hopeton one mile from his birthplace where they farmed and raised cattle. He did carpentry in the Alva area.
He attended the Hopeton Wesleyan Church and was a member of the Hopeton Lions Club.
Mr. Rhodes was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years on June 22, 1994, a son Emmett James (E.J) Hedrick and his parents.
Bill is survived by one son Bill and his wife Lois of Carmen, a daughter, Betty Church of Donna, Texas and a daughter in law, Joy Hedrick of Rocklin, California. Seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. A sister, Beulah Mathes of Alva, and a sister in law, Nellie Rhodes of Anthony, Kansas. A number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.