Evan Patrick Rhodes, 68, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday evening, July 12, 2018 at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater after a long battle with cancer.

Rhodes was born May 30, 1950 in Apalachicola to Yvonne Patricia Wilson. After receiving his GED, he joined the U.S. Army in 1968, and served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1971.

He worked as a landscaper at Bay Pines VA Hospital for 20 years. He loved family, and enjoyed being a blessing to many people through his generosity. He attended Mass at All Saints Catholic Church in Clearwater.

He is survived by three sisters, twin sister Yvonne Patricia (Arnold) Tolliver, of Apalachicola, Sonia (Joseph) Jefferson, of Roseville, North Carolina; and Yasmin Rhodes, of Tampa; special friend Beverly Robinson, of Odessa; nieces Juanita Jefferson, of Roseville, North Carolina, and Dreama Davidson, of Tampa; nephews Evan Patrick Rhodes, of New York City, Victor Jefferson of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Ryan and Drake Jefferson, both of Raleigh, North Carolina, and John Davidson, of Tampa; and several great-nieces and great-nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Moses Wilson; and brother Dexter Gerard Rhodes,

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Apalachicola this Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. Viewing at the church for family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., with rosary recited at 10:30 a.m.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Magnolia Cemetery.