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Jack Rhoden, 55, dies in Tennessee

Jack Rhoden, 55, died on March 29, 2013 after a lengthy illness at his cabin home in Del Rio, Tennessee in his beloved Smoky Mountains. He was a Baker County native and the son of the late Dorothy M. Rhoden and the late Fletcher Rhoden of Macclenny.

He is survived by daughter Brandi Brown and son Jack Brady (Brad) Rhoden Jr., both of Macclenny; granddaughter Sydney Brown; grandsons Derek Brown and Mason Rhoden; the love of his life and fiancée Vicki Watson of Baldwin; sister Kimberly Lindsey (John) of Branford; brothers Jamie Rhoden (Jane) of Macclenny and Steve Rhoden (Sandra) of Houston Texas; nieces Krystal Rhoden of Macclenny, Stephanie Wilson (Todd) of Biloxi, Mississippi, Candace Naughton (Tim) of Branford;  nephews Christopher Rhoden (Kristin) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tyler Rhoden (Nicole) of Nashville, Tennessee and Aaron Lindsey (Arika) of Tallahassee.

Mr. Rhoden retired from Republic National Distributing Company, where he held several positions. After retirement, he accomplished almost single-handedly his goal of building a cabin on his mountain property overlooking the French Broad River.

He grew up south of Glen St. Mary and graduated from Baker County High, where he excelled in football, earning all conference honors. His legacy is one of hard work, loyalty, fun loving and friendship.

His desire was to be cremated and have his ashes spread around his cabin. There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Thursday April 4, 2013 at the the Christian Fellowship Temple in Macclenny at 11 am with Brother David Thomas officiating.

The family requests donations in Jack’s name to the American Lung Association, 6852 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, Florida 32216.

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