Christine Rhodes

Christine Oliver Rhodes, 76 of Jefferson, Ala., died May 27, 2015. Born and raised in Half Acre, Ala., she was the loving and devoted wife of surviving husband William David “Billy” Rhodes for 54 years. She is also survived by her brother, Leonard G. Oliver, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard A. Oliver, and mother, Uldean Huckabee Oliver. A graveside service will be held at Jefferson Cemetery on Saturday, May 30, with Rev. Daniel Gandy and Rev. Tony Antonelli officiating, and Kirk Funeral Home of Demopolis directing. Christine, or “Cricket” as she was known by loved ones, was a member of Jefferson Baptist Church, where she enjoyed “making joyful noise” in the choir for many years and was a Sunday School teacher. She was secretary for Jefferson’s Vacation Bible School for many years and also kept the nursery during those years. Active in the community, she was the treasurer of Jefferson Community Club for some 30 or more years, and devoted much time to the establishment of and support for Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. She was also a member of Jefferson’s domino club. Christine was one of the longest tenured employees of First Bank of Linden, where she began working in 1957 and retired as an assistant vice president after nearly 40 years. Christine was admired and will be remembered by all who knew her for her green thumb and for keeping a spectacular lawn and garden filled with beautiful blooms year-round. She has been noted by many as one of the community’s best cooks, often having the most beautiful pies and casseroles at covered dish suppers. Christine’s family and the Jefferson community will most remember her gentle Christian spirit, which was shown daily through her hospitality, kindness, friendship, and devotion to her loved ones. As Christine loved flowers and found solace in their beauty, flowers are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Jefferson Cemetery Fund, c/0 George Norris, and mailed to 26100 AL Hwy. 28, Demopolis, AL 36732, or to the Jefferson Cemetery Charitable Trust.

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