Debbie C. Rhodes


Our beloved Debbie C. Rhodes peacefully slipped away to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 9, 2024. She was born March 22, 1955, in Laurel, Mississippi, to the late Edd and Hattie Rhodes.

Debbie’s love for her family was unwavering. After moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1968, she dedicated herself to raising her family and working at The Ohio State University. Her retirement in 2012 marked a new chapter in her life, as she opened a home daycare. At her daycare, she provided care and became a beloved second grandma to many children. Her passion for her family extended to her love for the Ohio State Buckeyes, a team she never missed a game of.

Debbie loved her family fiercely, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was tough and feisty and lived life unapologetically. She didn’t hold back and quickly stood up and fought for those she loved.

In addition to her parents, Debbie is preceded in death by her brothers, Rudy Rhodes, Marvin Rhodes, and Joe Rhodes; and sister, Eddie Mae Bender.

Debbie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children, Tony (Monique) Rhodes, Derrick (Carmen) Rhodes, and her baby girl Myia (Alex) Williams; her loving partner, Reginald Shaw; and brothers, EdLee, Douglas, Cornell, and Clifton Rhodes; sisters, Shelly Davis, Annie Smith, Linda Rhodes, Dorothy Rhodes, Demmie Rhodes, Doris Rhodes-Walker, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Debbie will forever be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.

Visitation 10:00am and Memorial Service 11:00am Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Inurnment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

Condolence Messages

  1. Deshaun Williams

    With love and heart-break Deb will be truly missed as family with direct impact in a lot of our lives. Her spirit will be with us forever and her unselfishness will live with us all. God Bless the Rhodes Family, my extended family always.

  2. Sylvia Harrell

    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you love and strength as you navigate the loss of your love one.

  3. Rose and William Knorwood

    Our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mother, we pray your faith will give you strength in this difficult time . Deb’s loving and warm energy was contagious and may your family find peace and comfort in knowing your mom was an amazing person.

  4. My prayers go out to the family that God give you strength in this your time of need. Your mother was a blessing.

  5. Michele Bondurant

    I had the pleasure of giving Ms. Debbie the Distinguished Staff Award at Ohio State. She was truly deserving of this honor, the highest we give to staff. My prayers go out to her family and friends as you grieve the loss of this beautiful lady.

  6. To my family I love you all my condolences and prayers and Love is with you all

  7. Our Deepest Condolences,with thoughts and prayers to the family. May God provide Peace, Comfort, and Strength at this time. Debbie was such “A Sweet Soul” and a Blessing to all. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
    Glenn, Byrdie & Family

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