American Veteran 04

Mr. Douglas Edward Rhodes

1971 ~ 2020 (age 49)


The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. (Isaiah 57:1-2)

Douglas Edward Rhodes was born August 22, 1971 to the late Pamela Rhodes in Chicago Illinois. Douglas was the eldest of his mother’s two children and the eldest grandchild of the late Eddie and Gertrude Rhodes. At an early age Doug, as he was commonly called by his family and friends, learned the value of having a strong work ethic. He often reminisced about working as a young boy with his Grandfather at his family owned business Kingston Builders. This strong ethic continued throughout his life as he was dedicated to following through every project that he started to the end, including his education, time served in the US Military, home projects and more. Doug was educated in the Chicago public school system. He graduated from Proviso High School in Hillside IL. Immediately after He joined the United Sates Marine Corp, where he served his country proudly and was afforded the opportunity to serve in San Diego, CA, Okinawa, Japan, and Charleston, South Carolina. On any given day, hot or cold, you could see Doug proudly boasting his USMC bulldog tattoo, and when asked about it, He would remind you, “I’m a marine! Once a Marine always a Marine! No matter how long ago you served!”

In 1991 while serving in Charleston SC, Doug met the woman who would become his wife and life partner for the next 29 years, Mary. It was this very same year that Doug would become a father to a daughter whom he would call princess more often than her given name, Takiyah, not biological, but through love. Doug and Mary were married on Oct 9, 1999 and to this union three sons were given, Douglas II (Lil Doug), Malik and Justice. Doug was an avid historian. He loved Jeopardy and could be found watching the history channel or a documentary. His favorite thing was education and he spent time not only instilling worldly knowledge  but life lessons in his children. He also enjoyed sports as he participated in softball. Preceding him in death: His grandparents Eddie and Gertrude Rhodes, His mother Pamela, his favorite Aunt to whom who looked at as his second mom Prentiss (Prenny), two mothers in laws Annell and Viola a brother-in-law Earl and a family pet Missy Rhodes.

Left to cherish his memories: His wife and life partner of 29 years Mary, one daughter, Takiyah, three sons Doug II (Lil Doug), Malik, and Justice, father-in-law George Holmes, one brother, Deveal Rhodes; an Uncle to whom Doug look at as a father Glen, a favorite aunt Carmen, one special niece Ernestine, a cousin who was more like a little brother Marcus, seven brothers in laws, fives sister in laws, a family pet Bruce Rhodes, and a host of other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial Services for Mr. Rhodes, will be conducted on Tuesday: December 15, 2020 at Eleven O’ clock in the morning: The Legacy Chapel of Koger’s Mortuary. (In compliance with the recommendations of the CDC facial masks as well as social distancing practices will be enforced.)

We humbly solicit your prayers of comfort for this family as they journey through their time of bereavement. 

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Memorial Service
December 15, 2020

11:00 AM
Koger's Mortuary Service
508 South Jefferies Blvd
Walterboro, SC 29488

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