Officers lead mourning for Deputy Rhodes

Quinnaland Rhodes’ casket is borne from the church

Quinnaland Rhodes’ casket is borne from the church

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 09:52 AM.

In parallel lines, their white-gloved hands gripping nothing but sorrow as they hung at their sides, the processional of the county’s law enforcement ranks stood at grim attention as the family of Deputy Quinnaland Rhodes funneled slowly into New Life Tabernacle by the Sea Saturday afternoon.

At the front, escorted by Undersheriff Joel Norred, Felicia “Vette” Rhodes sobbed passionately as she prepared to bid goodbye to her husband of a dozen years, who had died suddenly just two days after Christmas.

The walls of the church were lined with attendees as the pews filled with people from throughout the county, wanting to help soothe the shock and grief born when a beloved officer dies at age 44, leaving behind a wife and seven children.

With full honors accorded a veteran of service both in the Navy and the lawman’s fraternity, Rhodes went to the heavenly home promised him by his Christian faith accompanied by the rare beauty of full-throated song and speech.

“He could be counted on to do his job,” said Norred, speaking on behalf of Sheriff Skip Shiver, unable to attend as he shared the last precious hours of his own father’s ebbing life on earth.

“Quinnaland is one of us, the brotherhood of law enforcement officers. He met all his assignments, whether he liked them or not, with a smile,” said Norred. “ Franklin County has lost a good citizen and a good man. We will forever miss him and we will always be there for his family. May you rest in peace, my brother.”

Following the viewing, in which Rhodes was seen in the green deputy’s uniform he wore with honor, the home-going service commenced with two officers, Sgt. Wayne Nash and Lt. Robert Shiver, flanking the flag-draped coffin in front of the sanctuary.

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