Page, part of the Jan and Larry Rhodes Family site, updated 3 September 2010

The Parents and Grandparents of Jan and Larry Rhodes

Roger The CatRoger's headstoneWe lost Roger in November 2004. Roger was a stray cat who had been hit by a car, sustained a badly broken hip, and took refuge in a window well at our house in the spring of 1989. We took him in, got him medical attention; and our house soon became Roger's. There were three cats living in and at our house; but Roger managed to outlast all of them. On one occasion Roger went to live with our grandson Tom in Olathe; but Roger would have none of it. He made himself felis non gratis with Chuck and Susan in short order. He wanted to come back home; we complied. He was more than just a good cat. He was a great cat; and he was, in particular, Jan's cat. The veterinarian, when he first saw him, estimated that Roger would have been born in late summer 1988; and Jan assigned the month August. When we had to do what was best to end the suffering of our old, dear friend, we decided to have him buried in Petland of Mount Hope Cemetery, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. We made the arrangements for Roger some days ahead of time, and noticed a columbarium near the pet section. We decided to go ahead and purchase our spaces there as well. We are in no hurry to use them.

Our niche in death

Jan's parents: William Lattimore “Bill” Compere (19 June 1903 - 7 October 1971) and Dixie Lee Russell (17 April 1907 - 18 May 1994) share a niche in their columbarium in Longview Cemetery, 12700 Raytown Road, Grandview, Jackson County, Missouri. Bill was born in Arkansas and Dixie was born in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, where they met and began their lives together.
Dixie Russell and Bill CompereCompere Marker

Larry's father, Max Rufus Rhodes (1 April 1908 - 27 February 2003) lies on a windy North Carolina hilltop with majestic views of mountains in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory, Weaverville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. (Exit 21 off the combined US Highways 19, 23, 25, and 70 - also labeled as future I-26 - go east to Business 19, turn south for about a half mile to Old Marshall Road, then go west for about one mile to the cemetery.) Larry's mother, Margaret Ellen Carter Rhodes (3 August 1918 - 25 August 2010) was born in Wake County, North Carolina, where they met. He had come from his native Buncombe County to work the heavy machinery of quarrying rock.
Margaret Carter and Max Rhodes

Charley Russell
Jan's maternal grandparents: Charley Russell (16 February 1880 - 27 November 1918) and Ora Crow (24 October 1884 - 19 March 1975) lie near each other in the Rosedale Cemetery, North Oak Street and Armory Road, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, although more than six decades separate their passings. Charley died in the 1918 influenza pandemic, leaving Ora with one child and another on the way. She subsequently married William Jacob Witcher of Ada.
Ora Witcher Headstone

Ione Compere Rev W Lee Compere
We have been unable to locate the graves of Jan's paternal grandparents, Rev. William Lee Compere (24 September 1866 - 18 April 1933) born in Copiah County, Mississippi and Sarah Ione Phelps (19 April 1869 - 6 May 1942) born in Madison, Wisconsin, who are buried in Jones Cemetery, Amity, Clark County, Arkansas. Their headstone photographs were posted on
Ione Phelps Compere
Sarah Ione Phelps
19 April 1869 - 6 May 1942
Jones Cemetery
(Jan's Grandmother)
William Lee Compere
William Lee Compere
24 September 1866 - 18 April 1933
Jones Cemetery
(Jan's Grandfather)
Photos by widowmate. Find A Grave 8 April 2006.

Larry's maternal grandfather, Aaron Ebra "Amos" Carter, (14 April 1888 - 23 July 1966) began his journey through life in rural Lenoir County, North Carolina, while grandmother, Sarah Elver Liles, (9 November 1890 - 1 September 1969) was born in Nash County. They farmed on shares mainly in Johnston County, and lived for a time in Zebulon in Wake County. At the end they were living in a basement apartment in the home of their son, Milford, on the outskirts of Durham. While there they attended Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, south of Highway 98, Oak Grove Community, Durham County, North Carolina; and there they were buried.
Headstone of Elver Liles and Amos CarterAmos and Elver Liles Carter

Headstone, Etta Frady RhodesHeadstone of B J Rhodes
Larry's paternal grandparents were born within a few miles from each other. Burton "Bud" Rhodes (20 January 1880 - 27 March 1942) was born in Edneyville Township, Henderson County, North Carolina; and Mary Etta Frady, (22 March 1877 - 5 June 1913) in Limestone Township, Buncombe County. Etta is buried near her parents in Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Overlook Road, Skyland, Buncombe County, North Carolina. Bud died in an Asheville hospital; and is buried near his parents in the Hooper's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Hooper's Creek Road, Henderson County, North Carolina.
Mary Etta Frady RhodesB J Rhodes
The photograph below was taken after Grandpa Rhodes' graveside services, and show from left to right: his brother Frank, his sister Naomi Grant, his widow Bertha Barton; and his children: Sally, John, Max, Mabel, and Carlee. Sally and John are Bertha's children, while Carlee, Mabel, and Max are Etta's. One of Etta's children, Pauline, is not pictured.
Rhodes Family 1942

The Frady Families
Rhodes Families