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Pastor William M. Rhoades

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Pastor William M. Rhoades

Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio

Religious affiliation: Christian

Faithful follower of Christ, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, dutiful son, committed brother and compassionate friend, Pastor William M. Rhoades departed this world on September 20, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Born on December 29, 1957, Pastor William was the son of William Rhoades, Sr. (deceased) and Geraldine Leach, in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon his graduation from high school, Pastor William served our country in the United States Army. Following an honorable discharge from the Army, Pastor William pursued a career in electrical engineering, eventually achieving Master Electrician status. In 2014, Pastor William realized a long-held dream of working with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), his final employer.

Known as Mickey to his childhood friends and those closest to him, Pastor William truly lived God’s greatest commandments to love the Lord our God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. With a God-given heart for others, he could always be counted on for tireless prayers, encouraging words, a 1000-watt smile and the shirt off his back.   Ordained as a pastor in 1996, Pastor William eventually founded (along with his wife) Last Hour Ministries to provide hope and encouragement to the lost and feed the hungry. 

Those left behind to remember and celebrate the life of Pastor William include: his loving faithful wife, Angela Rhoades, of Canton, Georgia; mother, Geraldine Leach of Ohio; sons, Antonio Rhoades, Andre Rhoades and Shuyn Scruggs; daughters, Cierra Hall, Andrea Rhoades and Marjorie Mitchell; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Cheryl Goodman and Charlotte Rhoades of California; sisters, Brenda Marshall, Deborah Rhoades of Ohio; brothers, Darryl Rhoades, Gerald Rhoades and Maurice Rhoades of Ohio; sisters-in-law, Kathy Echols, Sheena Echols and Kimberly Richardson of Ohio; brothers-in-law, Steve Richardson of Ohio and Laurus Barcus of Virginia; a host of nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.

While we all deeply miss Pastor William, we will remember him and be comforted with every voice that loudly proclaims, “Hallelujah!”

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