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G. Ed Rhodes, Jr.

November 3, 1937 — February 28, 2024

Mt. Pleasant

G. Ed Rhodes, Jr.

George Edward Rhodes, Jr., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, beloved husband of Adalia Scott Rhodes entered into eternal rest Wednesday, February 28, 2024. His Funeral Service will be held Monday, March 4, 2024 in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 11:00 am. Interment with military honors will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.  

Ed was born November 3, 1937 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late George Edward Rhodes, Sr. and the late Rachel Avant Rhodes. Growing up on the historic peninsula of Charleston, Ed was a member of the Boy Scouts, and attended both Porter Military Academy, and Rivers High. His summers consisted of life guarding on Folly Beach, and winning many Shag titles. Ed was an Alumnus of the University of SC. On June 61959, he married his sweetheart, Adalia, at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian followed by a reception at Creekside Farm under the beautiful oaks which memorably concluded with an escape by boat down Shem Creek. He obtained the US Army rank of PFC and was honorably discharged. Ed was a true patriot who loved his country. He founded the Young Republicans under the direction of Senator Strom Thurmond. Embracing his affinity for motorcycles, Ed established the Family Riders Motorcycle Club, and was an American Motorcycle Association Congressman; he created the SC Motorcycle Test and License, and established the Wambaw Cycle Trail. 

After his conversion to Christ, Ed became the producer and voice of The Difference, a syndicated Christian music program that went around the world through Trans World Radio.

Ed walked a long and varied career with Jesus Christ, serving Our Lord in many capacities; at Charleston Heights Baptist - leading both the Soul Winning department and the 4th-5th grade Sunday School; at Community Baptist Fellowship, as Associate Pastor; at Charleston Baptist as an Ordained Deacon, Chairman of Deacons, and Congregational Music leader; for the Southern Baptist Convention he served on the Executive Board, the Radio & Television Commission, the North American Mission Board, and on the South Carolina Executive Board.

A faithful servant, Ed was a strong fixture in the Lowcountry. His work ethic was apparent at Westvaco Paper Mill, Southern Mill Supply, and at FMC Tanks where he eventually retired as the owner and operator.

Ed will be remembered as a friend to ALL, sharing his faith at every contact, so others would know and come to faith and assurance and experience the joy of salvation in Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Adalia Scott Rhodes; two sons, George Edward Rhodes III "Trey"(Kelly) of Hanahan, SC, Burton L'Artigue Rhodes, Sr. (Jenny) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; daughter, Charlotte Rhodes Hammond (Michael) of Summerville, SC; brother, Charles Fishburne Rhodes (Joey) of Meggett, SC, and Winfield Gunter (brother-in-law) of Summerville, S.C. Ed was lovingly known as "Poppy" to his nine grandchildren, George Edward Rhodes IV (Allie), Burton L'Artigue Rhodes, Jr. (Carrie), Benjamin Wright Rhodes (Brittany), Ryan Scott Rhodes (Katie), Adelinda Rhodes Billingshurst (Patrick), Michael Atley Hammond (Makayla), Emmaline Rhodes Wolpert (T.J.), Aubrey Anne Hammond, Henry Christian Rhodes; 22 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 Condolences or donations in memory of Ed can be sent to Trinity Bible Church, 3589 Mary Ader Ave. Charleston, SC 29414

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