Billy Frank Rhodes

GLEN ROSE — Billy Frank Rhodes, 68, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at his residence near Glen Rose.

Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in the Fulton Cemetery near Walnut Springs with Randy McLelland officiating and providing music along with Dennis Punches.

He was born Oct. 1, 1940, in Walnut Springs. He fought a courageous battle with lung cancer for 15 months. After receiving his diagnosis, Frank and his loving wife, Ann, of 23 years, chose to live every day to its fullest taking the time to stop and smell all the roses along the way. They took the time to visit special places together and do the things that they enjoyed the most. After 23 years it goes without saying they were best friends as well as soul mates as many countless moments were spend exchanging thoughts, concerns, fears, and loving moments.

Frank was diagnosed with cancer on Aug. 22, 2007. During the numerous test scans, chemotherapy, extended hospital stays, his wife never left his side. She became his everything…best friend, nurse and caregiver. You name it - she did it. There wasn’t anything she would not do for Frank. The day she said, “I do” to Frank Rhodes she took those vows seriously. Ann and Frank both fought the good fight of faith and gave our community the true meaning of courage, loyalty, and devotion.

In his last days, Thelma Moore and Becky Davis were his “special caregivers.” Frank didn’t let them out of his sight. They made his last days special, peaceful, and comfortable. As always, Dr. Carpenter is one of the best. He went out of his way to make sure medical needs were met and that Frank was as comfortable as possible. Many thanks go out to the healthcare teams of GRMC, Huguley Hospital, Universal Hospice, and Mike with Medical Supplies. You made this extremely difficult time much easier to handle. May you be blessed for your support, compassion, and kindness. It is greatly appreciated. A great big thank you to Hope, who was a Godsend. She was Frank’s nurse’s aide. What a special name for such a special person in such a special line of work. Frank loved her. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And last but certainly not least, thank you so very much to our Christian family, friends and members of the community for all of your prayers, support and encouragement. It meant a lot to Frank to know that so many people cared so deeply and were there for him. But what touched Frank’s heart the deepest and alleviated his greatest fear was the assurance that Ann would find the same strength and support in our town, Christian family, and friends so he could go and be with Jesus and prepare a home in heaven for him and Ann when it’s her time to meet him there.

Frank worked for 14 years with Somervell County as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. He also served as a Somvevell County Deputy Sheriff for a time.

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Published Dec. 4, 2008

Glen Rose Reporter