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Rhodes, Dora (Brown)

submitted by Lorelei Lee (Brown) Cox and Mary M. (Nieblas) Brown
Dora Brown (1873-1948), the youngest child of William Burton and Mary Catherine (Spain) Brown, married Lewis Lester Rhodes (1874-1928) on November 16, 1896, in Buncombe County. For many years the family lived on Broad Street; later they moved to Biltmore Avenue. The couple is buried at New Salem Cemetery, Skyland. Lieutenant Rhodes joined the Fire Department on St. Patrick’s Day, 1909. He had seen varied service and had gone through the change from the old horse drawn apparatus to modern motorized equipment. He was a lover of horses, and once established a world’s record with his famous team of grays. He was a member of the Merrimon Avenue Department and had seen service under four chiefs. At the time he became a member of the department there were only three other paid members.

Lieutenant Rhodes, the oldest and most popular member of the local fire department in point of service, met his death when he stepped from a street car opposite the Noland-Brown funeral home on Biltmore Avenue and was struck by an automobile. Lewis was born in Mills River and was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, having seen active duty in Cuba.
Dora and Lewis Rhodes had five children:

1. Lewis “Louie” Alexander Rhodes (1900-1964) married Tahlequah Souther on January 23, 1926. Lewis was in the U.S. Army in World Wars I and II.
2. Lloyd Burton Rhodes married Bessie Petty (or McGee) on August 31, 1929. Lloyd was retired from the Prudential Life Insurance Company of Jacksonville, Florida.
3. Lila Rhodes married Lloyd McKay Dryman on March 27, 1932. 4. Mary Aileen Rhodes married W. Claude Wallace on December 24, 1933. 5. Ina Lee Rhodes (1911-1953) married Carol Preston “Pat” Murray (1908-1972) on June 13, 1931. Pat, a house painter, was an extremely jolly person. Ina had been active in the Grange at Skyland and in Parent-Teacher Association work. The couple is buried at New Salem Cemetery, Skyland.

from Heritage II, article #487, p. 312

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