Coach David Edward Rhodes

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David Edward Rhodes, age 59, of Columbus, Ohio went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2023. He was born on September 22, 1963, in Columbus, Ohio to Charles E. Rhodes and Shirley A. (Payne) Rhodes. He is proceeded in death by his oldest grand-daughter Aniyah’Rae Lyann Rhodes-Jones.

David graduated from Licking Heights High School (Class of 1982). He also served a brief time in the Air Force Reserves. David spent most of his time dedicated to his 2 daughters and supporting them through their academic and athletic careers. He also was one of the biggest supporters of his 4 grandchildren and at every event possible. David dedicated his life to the community, most notably the basketball community. With over 30 years in the basketball world, he is most known for the last 15 that he spent coaching and mentoring student athletes of the Lady Nubian (Africentric) Basketball team.

He was previously married to Sara Beth Barbary. Together they had two children: Briana and Sariah Rhodes.

David will be missed by his children and four beautiful grandchildren: Audree’Jai, Riley’Mae, Jaxon Royal and Judah Reign. He will also be deeply missed by his siblings: Wendell A. Rhodes, Tia L. Rhodes, Richard E. Rhodes; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.).

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Repast to immediately follow internment: Glenwood Community Center 1888 Fairmont Ave Columbus, OH 43223

Condolence Messages

  1. Prayers to the family. Dave, thank you for always being a real friend. I will miss you always. Rest in paradise.

    Tammie Moore

  2. Wow David, you have always been my guy and would drive me crazy with laughter. We had some great debates and you always stood by your thoughts. You’ll be missed my friend and may you RIH.

  3. My GOD bless Dave and your family during this transition time and May GOD bring you comfort and peace and fill you with happiness knowing that your beloved one will soon be in the presence of the LORD our GOD!! Blessings to you all!!

  4. David was a big brother I never had. He always kept ne on my game.

  5. My condolences to you and your family he in a better place in heaven with the Lord he’s got him in his Arms saying he going okay

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying fir the family.

  7. David was a very smart and helpful person. He will not be forgotten. So thankful for his time with us. Praying for his family and friends during this transition.

  8. Traci Wilhelm

    So very sorry for the loss that you are all suffering. My prayers are sent to all of you.

    God Bless,
    Traci Wilhelm

  9. Africentric Lady Nubians

    Coach Rhodes was an amazing person. We appreciate his dedication and loyalty to the Africentric Lady Nubians and to columbus city league basketball. He made an impact on every player and coach he encountered. His love and support will truly be missed. We thank you so much Coach Rhodes, we will forever hold you close to our hearts #AHIGH4L

  10. Wendell and Alexis–
    My deepest condolence is extended to you upon the loss of your brother, David. I pray for peace and comfort to you, your entire family, and his friends who truly loved him. The cares of life, at times, sneaks up on us. But always remember to cast your burdens upon the Lord, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He will comfort and strengthen you while you are on this journey, for His love, mercy, and grace endures forever. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. To The Rhodes Family:
    May The Lord grant you His Perfect Perfect Peace now and in the coming days ahead.

    You would always stop by whenever you were out this way just to check on me and the family. Five minutes into your visit we would be debating about any and everything. Eventually, that would lead to us having a good laugh. That was our way since elementary. I’m going to miss you my friend. Rest in peace,

  12. The Rhodes are Family! Sending Hugs and Prayers for Peace! May God hold you close and give you strength!
    David, so thankful for the time we spent together, you will be missed! Rest in heaven!
    The Madison & Elder Family.

  13. Yvette Briggs-Campbell

    To The Rhodes Family:
    You have my families heart felt condolences during this time of loss. May your memories of David comfort you and keep his spirit alive within each and everyone of you.

    You have been a friend of our family for a very long time and to hear of your passing came as a great shock. I never would have imagined you leaving this earth so soon. As everyone else I expected to see you out and have one of those friendly debates that you were known for. Or seeing you out at some basketball game helping out. No matter what, I never expected to be writing this about you at this age. David you just like my mother (Wilda Briggs), just left this earth with no type of warning. May you rest in peace and please lookout for my mother in Heaven.

  14. CSM(R)Mark Q.Barbary

    David Rhodes, the fondest great memories were back some 30 years ago when David and I were talking about Jazz Music when I told him and Sara Beth that I was looking for some music by Jazz Musician Guitarist Earl Klugh’s “Lowride” CD.
    I struggled trying to find this 1983-85 LP. Sara Beth told David that I couldn’t find the music, David said to me that he would locate the music on Livingston and that he did for me. Everytime I play the Earl Klugh song track Lowride CD it reminds me of Brother David Rhodes. Thank you Brother David for going out of your way to find the vintage music cassette.
    And thank you for the vintage awesome conversations you ask me about vintage legendary bodybuilding at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championship in Columbus Ohio. All my sincere condolences, prayers, and sympathy to Sara Beth, Briana, Sariah, Grandchildren, and the Rhodes Family. RIP Brother David Rhodes.❤️❤️❤️

  15. Coach Elder Reggie Bates

    Peace be with you my brother, we know you are with us during this tournament, we ‘ll try to bring it home for you.Rest IN Peace you will truly be missed.

  16. Les & Robin Wilson

    Richard, we are sad to hear the news of your brother’s passing. We reminisce fondly the times we shared with you, David, Bruce Howard and Jerry Watson over basketball. We pray strength and comfort for you and your entire family.

  17. Marisa J.Miller.Nashville,Tnn

    Sara Beth,Brianna and Sariah I’am so sorry for your lost.My Prayers are with you and David Family.I love you all.Peace Be Still!!!

  18. Tracie Simmons

    My condolences and prayers is with you and your family. I pray that you find comfort , peace and strength during this time

  19. Coach Reggie Lee

    David was more than a coaching cohort. David was a tremendous friend. He gave so much of himself not only to the Africentric Lady Nubians, he also gave encouragement to young people throughout the city of Columbus. If any program needed support David was there. I will miss our three way conversations we would have when he wanted to prove a point. He was definitely one of a kind and I will miss him dearly. My condolences to out to his family which he love so much. Thank you for sharing David Rhodes with the Columbus community.

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