Buford James Rhodes, 86 of Hannibal, Mo., formerly of San Antonio, Texas, was called home to be with our Lord at his home on April 9, 2013.
In accordance with Mr. Rhodes wishes, he will be cremated. Private family graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Grand View Burial Park. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Friends are welcome to visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Mr. Rhodes was born on December 17, 1926, in Santa Anna, Texas, to Douglas and Stella Mae Robbins Rhodes. He was preceded in death by his parents, bother, Joseph Stephen Rhodes, son Samuel Douglas Rhodes and grandson Shea Kujawski.
He was married to Mary Catherine Sohn on December 28, 1972. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Martha (Bruce) Benander of Springfield, Mass., and Jo Beth Moore of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Ruth Robbins and Helen Marie Dunn, both of Texas; two sisters-in-law, Ava Nell Rhodes of Texas, and Mildred Sarver of Hannibal, Mo., and her two children, Karen (Lowell) Bortoff of Quincy, Ill., and Steven (Martha) Sarver of Kansas City, Mo.; two grandchildren, Lindsay Sieffert and her three children of Springfield, Mass., and Shawn (Heather) Lane, of Florida, and great niece, Andrea (Daren) Elston and their two children, Gage and Morgan.
Mr. Rhodes was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country in World War II. He attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He was a certified public accountant and practiced his profession as a partner in Alexander Grant & Company (now Grant Thronton and Chorpaning, Jungman & Co. He also was employed as Chief Finance Officer of Lutheran General Hospital. He was a life-time member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hannibal and had served as President at Christ Lutheran Church, Dallas, and on many boards at Christ Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas.
He loved hunting and most sports. He was known for his faith, courage, a generous man and for his sense of humor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Special thanks to Pastor Stoerger, Dr. Halpin and his nurse Cathy, Millie Sarver, Karen and Lowell Botoff, Steve and Martha Sarver, Daren and Andrea Elston for the extraordinary personal care given to Buford during his illness.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.