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Updated: 02/03/2014 03:50:58PM

Sherman T. Rhoades

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Sherman T. Rhoades, 72, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

He was born in Lakeland, Fla., July 28, 1941, to Charlie B. and Francis Louise Cowart Rhoades.

Sherman grew up and attended school in Georgia. While in Georgia, he worked for a shoe manufacturer, as well as a machine shop. Sherman married Carolyn Berry in 1962 and they moved to Arcadia in 1967. He owned and operated Rhoades Construction for 36 years and built many homes in Port Charlotte, Fla., Punta Gorda, Fla., and the surrounding areas. Sherman was also involved with the construction of Fishermen’s Village. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, and gardening. Sherman was a hardworking family man who also dedicated seven years of his time as Cub Master for Arcadia’s Boy Scouts, Pack 39.

Sherman is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Carolyn Rhoades, of Arcadia; sons, Daniel Bowen, of Arcadia, and Mark Bowen of Nebraska; daughters, Eva Jane “EJ” (Ronnie) Rice of South Carolina, Patricia Rhoades of Illinois, Sheryl Rhoades (Kyle Whidden) of Arcadia, Ada Rhoades (Richard Wilson) of Arcadia, Amber Dillard (Andrew McCorkle) of Arcadia, Harmony (Ben) Raines of Nebraska and Tiffany Bowen of Arcadia; brother, Josh Rhoades, of Arcadia; sisters, Marlene Gravet of Georgia, Emy Rhoades of Arcadia; grandchildren, Ronnie Rice Jr., Brianna Wilson, Anastasia Wilson, Chyanne Holt, Justin Holt and Charlie Whidden; and great-grandchildren, Sadie McCorkle, Halei Bowen, Brody Rachel, Travis Raines and Kyle Raines. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Larry Gravet.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger Kays Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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