Jesse J. RhodesSeptember 6, 1936 ~ May 20, 2017 (age 80)
East Longmeadow – Jesse J. Rhodes, 80, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center. Jesse was born in Packard, KY on September 6, 1936 to the late Luther and Betty Ann (Phillips) Rhodes. His family moved to a small farm in Buffalo Walden, KY, where he attended a one room school until the 7th grade. Jesse later attended Rockholds High School, graduating in 1955. After serving 4 years in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960, he was stationed at Westover Air Force Base. He worked for a paint company in Chicopee for over 38 years before he retired in 1998. He attended the First Baptist Church in East Longmeadow. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Patricia (Miller) Rhodes, his children Daniel Rhodes and his wife Alyssa of Monson, Jamie Rhodes Blaxland and her husband David of Monson, and Rebekah Rhodes Russell and her husband John of East Longmeadow. He was the cherished grandfather to 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was the caring brother to Lawrence Rhodes of Louisville, KY. He was predeceased by his 4 brothers and 3 sisters. There will be a calling hour from 11:00AM to 12:00PM Tuesday, May 23rd, followed by a Funeral Home Service at 12PM at WILBRAHAM FUNERAL HOME, 2551 Boston Road in Wilbraham. Burial to follow at Hillcrest Park Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jesse’s memory to First Baptist Church, 50 Parker Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.