Billy G. Rhodes, 100, optician in Wilmington for many years

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WILMINGTON – Billy G. Rhodes, 100, of Wilmington, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Aug. 6, 2016, at Liberty Commons Nursing Home.

Mr. Rhodes was born April 20, 1916, in Scottsville, Va., to the late Robert L Rhodes and Louise Branch Rhodes. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Clara Gales Rhodes.

Billy G. Rhodes
                Billy G. Rhodes

He was an optician City Optical Company, where he worked until 1976. He worked for many other doctors in the area until his final retirement in 2005.

He was a loyal member of Winter Park Baptist Church, St Johns #1 Masonic Lodge, Wilmington Scottish Rite, Golden Rod 142 O.E.S. and Sudan Shriners Drum and Bugle Corps.

He is survived by his son, Phillip E. Rhodes (Sherry) of Wilmington, N.C.; stepson, Tony Moran (Brenda) of Murrels Inlet, S.C.; and many other family members.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, N.C. A graveside service, with Pastor Mark Teachey officiating, will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1311 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 403 E. Front St, New Bern, NC 28560

Condolences to the family may be offered at www.coblewardsmithwilmington.com.

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