Gene R. Rhoades, 82, of Sardis, Tenn. passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

He was a retired construction worker and a US Air Force veteran.

Gene is survived by three daughters, Vickie Smothers of Sardis, Deborah Holcomb of Dwight, IL and Brenda Bitner of GA.

He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Nicole (Kevin) Cap, Rebecca (Ryan) Feddersen, Steven (Ashley) Smothers, Michael (Courtney) Smothers, Bryan (Danielle) Smothers, Rex Bitner III, Joshua (Cathy) Bitner, Ranin Bitner and Lukas (Courtney) Bitner; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean Rhoades; two sisters, Barbara Mosley and Sue Russell; and his parents, Jessie and Mary Belle Rhoades.

His funeral service will be held at Reed's Chapel, Scotts Hill, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 with Charla Burnette officiating. Burial will follow at Sardis Cemetery.

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