Charles Wesley Rhodes

Born in Portland, TN on August 4, 1966

Departed on April 14, 2015 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Charles Wesley Rhodes passed away April 14, 2015 at the age of 48 years. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Gracie Snider, Hoyd and Inez Rhodes, Sr.; great grandmother, Fannie Rhodes; and uncle, James Love. Mr. Rhodes is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Annette Brown Rhodes; “Buddy” the child-yorkie; parents, Hoyd and Leona Rhodes, Jr.; brother, Erron Rhodes; parents- in-law, Earl & Sue Brown; and a multitude of loving family and friends. Mr. Rhodes was a Christ Follower, loving husband, devoted son and brother. A 1984 graduate of Portland High School, he was employed by Town and Country Ford in the Parts & Service Department.
A member of the Long Hollow Baptist Church, Gallatin Campus, a 2014 graduate of Christian Training Institute (CTI), Smiles Unlimited Clown College, Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Baily Circus workshop, as well as a member of the Christian Magician Ministry, artist and entertainer, he brought smiles to the old & young alike. He was also very popular during the Christmas Season, portraying Santa whenever the occasion presented.
Mr. Rhodes enjoyed memberships in International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Local IBM Ring 37 & 252, International Fellowship of Christian Magicians (FCM), & Middle Tennessee FCM.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 15th from 12:00PM – 8PM, Thursday, April 16th, 4PM-8PM, and Friday, April 17th 2 hours prior to the service time of 1PM. The Service will Celebrate the Life of Charles Wesley Rhodes. As a lover of balloons & festive occasions, the family requests that balloons be incorporated into any arrangements sent as there will be a balloon release at the graveside.

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24 Comments to Charles Wesley Rhodes

  1. Jan Lovell
    April 14, 2015 9:08 pm

    I was so stunned to hear about Charles. I remember the first time I met him at the Strawberry Festival Parade when his golf cart caught fire. I enjoyed knowing Charles. He was a good friend. He was the first to trust me to decorate a wedding with balloons and surprise the bride with red noses at the end of the ceremony!! He was a talented magician,fire eater, clown, artist, and balloon artist. He used his talents to make people smile and have fun. He will certainly be missed.

  2. Sherri Hoy
    April 14, 2015 9:12 pm

    Annette I just want you to know that you are my thoughts and prayers. I know God can give you the GRACE during this difficult time. You have so many friends and family that love you. God bless you sister. I love you and I’m a phone call away. God bless your precious heart for dear friend.

    Your sister in Christ

  3. Brad Beach
    April 14, 2015 9:20 pm

    Graduated with him in 84. He was a good guy.

  4. Wayne Lovell
    April 14, 2015 9:39 pm

    Charles was one great guy… and I going miss him being in my life

  5. Don Driver
    April 15, 2015 2:45 am

    We shared many days together had many laughs together.Good by my dear friend I will miss you immensely.

  6. Vickie & Tom Gibson
    April 15, 2015 7:13 am

    What a shock! Middle TN Fellowship of Christian Magicians met Tuesday evening after we heard the news and spent the whole time sharing stories about Charles. He was a multi-talented artist and performer. Not a big talker until he was decked out to perform magic or clowning or balloons or fire-eating. His persona changed with his various performance costumes. In addition to the FCM, He was a member of both Nashville’s Ring 37 and Murfreesboro’s Ring 252 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. We will miss him terribly at all of these clubs’ meetings.
    Annette – you are in our prayers and thoughts. Let us know if there is anything more we can do.
    Vickie & Tom

  7. the Alan Fisher family
    April 15, 2015 8:19 am

    Our deepest condolences to Annette and all of the Rhodes family. Charles was a wonderful man who left us far too soon. His talents and joyful spirit will be missed by those of us privileged to have called him friend. I had the honor of performing with Charles many times and will truly miss not being able to share in his magic.

  8. Marie Yandell
    April 15, 2015 9:49 am


    I understand how painful it is, losing someone so dear to you. I’m sorry for yoor loss. May God ease the pain in your heart.

    Marie Yandell

  9. Kay Franklin
    April 15, 2015 10:53 am

    Dear sweet Annette,

    I am so sorry for your loss. There are just not the right words to express my sympathy. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I will be here for anything you need.

  10. Janie Downs
    April 15, 2015 10:59 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Charles. Jeff and I will be praying for God to give you the strength and comfort that you need. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

  11. Teresa England
    April 15, 2015 11:08 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Charles. I did not know him personally but I know his brother Aaron and his parents. I am so sorry as this was so sudden and unexpected. I remember seeing Charles perform his Magic Ministry at Union Chapel General Baptist Church and he gave such joy to everyone. I have heard it said that when we do not know the reason that a loved one goes so soon is; God needed him more. He touched so many lives while on this earth I am sure he will continue to do so even after his passing. Prayers for the entire family during this difficult time.

  12. Michael Myatt
    April 15, 2015 11:35 am

    I was privileged to meet Charles only a couple of times, and, it was easy to tell what a good person he was. I was happy and privileged to have worked with you, Annette, on the magic items you gifted to him. Charles’ activities left a lasting, good impression on those lucky enough to be in his company. He will live on by virtue of the good he has left in this world. We will all miss him. I remain at your service.

    Michael Myatt

  13. Steve Causey
    April 15, 2015 2:52 pm

    What a Blessing I have received from knowing Charles and Annette for the last 20 plus years. You both have touched my life and I will never be the same. Charles had fulfilled his mission from God on this earth and touched many many lives. Charles once said to me how Blessed he was to have such a supportive Wife. That everything he wanted to do or try Annette was always very encouraging and always there by my side. And I hope I’m the same for her. I’ve never known anyone who “loved sharing the joy of magic to others, especially to children (who may not always see that they are loved) than Charles Rhodes. Several years ago Charles called me and said he was asked to perform Magic / Balloon Animals for a 5 year Afro-American boys Birthday Party. He said he would be glad too. Steve I’m leaving that Birthday Party now, and the little birthday boy came up to me and put his arms around my leg and said “I wished you were my Dad.” Thanks Charles !
    -Steve Causey

  14. Michael Priestap
    April 15, 2015 7:33 pm

    Annette and family, please accept my condolences on the untimely loss of Charles. The magic world mourns his loss and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    Yours in magic,
    Michael Priestap, Ring 58.

  15. Kathy Williamson
    April 16, 2015 12:04 pm


    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please call on me anytime I can be of service to you, or a listening ear. May God bless you with His grace and peace during this difficult time, and for years to come.

  16. Matt Neely
    April 16, 2015 12:14 pm

    I was so shocked to hear about Charles’ passing. I am so thankful I got to see him at the Winter Carnival. Charles was there when I started in Magic. I’ll never forget the shows at the Palace Theater in Gallatin with him. He always had a smile and something good to say. And even though we might go a year without seeing each other it was as though no time had passed and we were picking up where we left off. I will be praying for the family during this difficult time.

  17. Rob Covert
    April 16, 2015 12:19 pm

    Such a loss. My condolences to Annette and the family. You will be missed.

  18. Eric Jamborsky
    April 16, 2015 12:28 pm

    Charles will be greatly missed for his goodness and friendship. Our hearts go out to his family.

  19. Jamie Escue
    April 16, 2015 1:34 pm

    Annette not sure what to say I’m beyond belief of the passing of Charles he was a good man and will be truly missed by all the one who had the pleasure knowing him and I’m thinking of you as well as Leona and jr and erron may God give you peace though this most trying time

  20. Beth Burchfield
    April 16, 2015 5:18 pm

    Annette, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and all the family.

  21. Jerry Fraley
    April 16, 2015 6:12 pm

    I was in total shock to hear the news of Charkes passing. He was an amazing person with a spirit to match. He will be missed by so many and we will all gather often and tell stories about him.

    I lift up family and friends in prayer as we all attempt to deal with this terrible loss, may the Lord grant us all peace and understanding as we deal with the passing of Charles.

    I am proud to have called him a friend.


  22. Reo Hagood
    April 17, 2015 9:25 am

    I did not know Charles very well, but the few times I did get to shake his hand and talk, I was totally impressed with his friendliness with every one. Through out the magic rings, 252 & 37, I heard nothing but the best for Charles. I am honored to have known Charles. May God Bless.


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    October 20, 2019 12:33 pm

    Could someone tell me is this the Charles Rhodes who lived in Portland Oregon as a child?

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