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Stephanie Joyce Rhodes

Tullahoma - On April 10th, 2018 Stephanie Joyce Rhodes, age 61 of Tullahoma, entered in to rest at her home. She was a loving mother and grandmother who devoted her life to her family and her birds. Stephanie was a breast cancer survivor and was proud of it. She was preceded in death by her father Charles Thurman and mother Ruth Rodriguez.
She is survived by her step father Michael Rodriguez; seven children Raymond Carey(Toni) Rhodes III, Teena Michelle (Edwin) Rhodes-Escudero, David Charles(Amanda) Rhodes, Patrick Scott(Emily) Rhodes, Michael Aaron(Cara) Lopez Sr., Jonathon Roger Lopez and Sara Angela Lopez; grandchildren Britney, Race, Nikolas, Gavin, Jared, Angelica, Nicolas, Priscilla, Isaac, Mason, Nathanael and Michael Jr; brother Chuck Thurman; three sisters Rachel Carnall, Patty Stone and Debbie Thurman; ten nieces, nephews and a host of special friends and family.
The family will receive friends on Friday April 13, 2018 from twelve O’clock noon until one O’clock in the afternoon, funeral service will follow at Tullahoma Funeral Home with Bro. Jake Dorak officiating.
Interment will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Tullahoma, TN.
Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve The Rhodes Family and asks that you sign the guest book at


Starts: 4/13/18 at 12:00pm
Ends: 4/13/18 at 1:00pm
Tullahoma Funeral Home Inc
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Funeral Service
Starts: 4/13/18 at 1:00pm
Ends: 4/13/18
Tullahoma Funeral Home Inc
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Starts: 4/13/18 at 1:45pm
Ends: 4/13/18
Maplewood Cemetery
Tullahoma, TN 37388


Mary Kaye Simmons says:

For Sara and All Family & Friends: I send my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to each and every one of you. May you find comfort in special memories. Mary Kaye Simmons

Paul & Rena (Burns) Amonson says:

God bless, guardian angels, much love and very many blessings. Paul and I send our condolences, sympathy and prayers to all of your family and friends. Stephanie I will miss you very much. Chris, you and I have so many happy memories and I promise I will never forget you. Thank you for being a part of my heart and soul. I love you bunches and bunches.

Debbie Taffinder says:

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a friend of mine from when you older kids were born We lost touch for many years and had just recently gotten back together. I'm so sorry that she left us so soon. Please take comfort in knowing that she's no longer sick or in pain and is in the hands of our Father in Heaven. I know at this time that's not much comfort, but that's all I can give you. Remember the good times and know that she loved you all so very much.
God bless you all and comfort you. And keep you safe in His loving arms. Amen.

Kellye Walton, Director eviCore healthcare says:

To Stephanie's Family:

On behalf of myself and eviCore healthcare, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Stephanie was very much a valued employee and team member, who loved to talk about her children and grandchildren. She was dedicated, thoughtful and caring -- we will most definitely miss our "bird lady".

John Gordon says:

It is with the deepest of Sorrow that we lost a family member. We have known Stephanie since her son started dating my daughter Emily which is well over 10 years. Patrick and Emily took their vows and got married and because of that I got to know Stephanie quite well. She's always had a love for raising birds and wanted to get into a business doing that. She loved to crochet and knit and she made some really nice blankets and other apparel. For a single mom Stephanie, did the best she could that was in her means. She had her ways just like we all do; But everyone of you meant much joy and love to her and she always cherished all of you in her heart even when there was a disagreement at the time. Because Time Heals all and she knew that eventually everyone would get back together and have a greater understanding and love for one another. Stephanie , will be deeply missed not just by me but by everyone..
My prayers and blessings go out to every one of the family members stay strong amongst each other and always keep her in your heart

Nancy Scott says:

To Stephanie's family. So sorry to hear of her passing. We met her as her being a customer of our pet store (Finz N' Featherz Petz). She loved her birds; but she loved her children and grandchildren more. Prayers for your family. Again so sorry to hear this.

Christy Richardson says:

To the family, and especially her youngest daughter:

I'm so sorry this happened to yall. Words cannot express the depth of loss you must be feeling. Stephanie was a special lady. She sat right next to me at work. We trained for the claims department at the same time. What I first noticed about her was her intensity, especially when it came to her family. She loved her children and grandchildren, was proud of them. She talked about her daughter's writing a lot me, as I'm a writer too. Keep going on your writing goals and dreams! I will miss her. What brought me comfort when I lost my dad a few years ago was the hope from the scriptures. The Bible tells us that there will be a resurrection in the future, that we have the hope of seeing loved ones we've lost again. At John 5:28, 29 Jesus said: "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voicew and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." I think about that hope a lot whenever I find myself missing my dad, and I hope it will you a measure of comfort as well.

Millicent Braden,Supervisor eviCore Healthcare says:

To Stephanie's Family:
My heart goes out to all of you. I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie each day and what I will most remember is the strong love that she had for her family. She talked about you guys all the time and was so looking forward to her visit with her son in June. Stephanie and I worked the later shift so we got to talk a lot and she was so proud of her kids. We had a team meeting this past Monday and she was so happy about her new birds that she just got and she was making all of us laugh. She was truly a very special lady and our claims team will miss her greatly. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Melony Holmes says:

My heart is broken into a million pieces for Aunt Stephanie's family. I could never imagine having to endure your pain and suffering. I love y'all so very much and so very sorry that I can't be there with y'all and for y'all! Aunt Stephanie was a wonderful woman who loved her birds greatly and loved her family even more! I only wish I had more time to spend with her and the family. Words can never express the sympathy I have for y'all right now! XOXOXOXOXO to everyone!

India Cruite says:

To Stephanie's family, my prayers go out to your family. She was a very sweet and wonderful lady to work with. I adored our conversations we would have about children, work, games, animals, down to even coloring. She will be missed and my thoughts and prayers goes out to all of you. She was in my last training class for the fax team and she was so tickled on what we call "Sent Back". She just wanted to send everything back. (lol). She was truly a blessing.

Chris Hilton Crehan says:

It was such a shock to hear of the news about Stephanie. We've had a friendship over 44 years an my 2 son's and Ray and Teena grew up together. We got separated for a few years but glad to get reunited again. There was no doubt about her love of family. She was also a thorough person with things she did. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I got in contact with her. I knew she had gone through the same and I depended on her knowledge to help me through it. Of course, I know things would be different but she helped me get through a lot. Stephanie, I thank you so much for everything. We shared a lot of good times and some crazy times too.
May God wrap His loving arms around each and every one of you and comfort you. I love you all.

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Heidi (Carnall) Coleman says:

My Love, thoughts and prayers to the whole family! I am deeply sorry for your loss! Stephanie loved you all very much! !Heaven gained a very special angel! Love you all!

Kim Morales says:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry to hear of her passing. We will sure miss her at the bird fairs.. Until we meet again friend.. Rih.... Fly free...

Susan Spivey Fisher says:

Ray, Teena, David, and Patrick, you, your families and the rest of Stephanie's family are in our thoughts. I remember your mom from many years ago when all of you would come to NC to my grandparents' home. We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you all.

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