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Bill Rhodes

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Billy Wayne “Bill” Rhodes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at First Baptist Church.

Rhodes, 83, of Denver, Colo., passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

Joseph Tillery will officiate the services. Cremation has taken place.

Bill was born Sept. 5, 1935, in Comanche, Okla. He graduated from Comanche High School in 1953 and started his college years at the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship. He finished his undergraduate education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

On April 1, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Dunlap. The two were married 63 wonderful years.

Bill moved his young family to Artesia in 1965 from Weatherford, Okla. He loved his time in Artesia and called it his home until Sept. 13, 2018.

He worked as a school administrator, teacher and coach for 36 years. Bill was a dedicated follower of Artesia High School and University of Oklahoma sports. He loved quail hunting with his dear friends. Most of all, Bill enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandson and friends. He felt blessed by them all.

Bill was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Artesia. He was dedicated to worshiping his Savior and shared HIS love with others. He treasured his fellow church members and particularly the past and present members of his Sunday School class.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; children Lisa Rhodes Bohannon and husband Dale, Tobin “Toby” Rhodes and wife Tracy, and Jill Rhodes Finley and husband Royce; grandchildren Kacy Kinder, Kirstie Rhodes Markowski and husband Kyle, Connor Finley, and Hanson Finley; great-grandson Klai Kinder and his mother, Michelle; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Rhodes; his mother, Lillie Rhodes; brother J.R. Rhodes; and sister Louise Rhodes Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (www.lbda.org), the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), or the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home (www.nmbch.com).

The family of Billy Wayne Rhodes wishes to thank all of you for your concerns and prayers.