Hosea Rhoades was born the son of Abner S. Rhoades and Julia A. Leu Rhoades on January 12, 1922 in Couch, Missouri and departed this life on June 26, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 97 years.
He was united in marriage on July 5, 1945 to Anna Marie Moreland in Salem, Arkansas. Anna was a beautiful Christian girl who he met at a large tent revival that was held on the Add Smith farm east of Couch.
He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Adams and Janet Bowers, both of Thayer, Missouri; one son, Wayne H. Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri; five grandchildren, Rhnea Adams and fiancé, Jason Oakes, of Thayer, Missouri, Matt Adams and wife, Mandy, of Viola, Arkansas, Tim Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri, Jason Rhoades and wife, Sherry, of Thayer, Missouri and Chris Rhoades of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nine great grandchildren, Lauren and husband, Cory, Jordan and fiancé, Eddie Meier, Alley, Jake, Madelynn, Haden, Maylee and Graham; two great-great grandchildren, Landon and Chase Godwin; one brother, John David Rhoades and wife Carol, of Columbia, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Marie of sixty-three years; his parents, Abner and Julia Rhoades; four brothers and their wives, Noah and Helen (Mainprize) Rhoades, Silas and Ruth (Miller) Rhoades, Naman and Catherine (Warren) Rhoades, Paul and Anna (Lindholm) Rhoades; one sister, Julia Leu and husband, Hutch McFann; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Graff Rhoades and Margaret Smith and husband, Ben; his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Minnie Moreland; one brother-in-law, Mike Moreland; one daughter-in-law, Jane Anderson Rhoades; and two sons-in-law, Bud Adams and Don Bowers.
Hosea attended Couch School for twelve years, graduating as Salutatorian of his class. He was also the first president of Couch FFA. He attended Springfield Teachers College and attended Harvard University.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. After serving in the Navy, Hosea returned to Couch, becoming a dairy farmer.
In 1964, he became postmaster in Couch, Missouri. Then in 1968, Hosea became postmaster in Thayer, Missouri, retiring in 1983 after nineteen years of dedicated service.
Hosea became a Christian in 1942 at a tent revival and was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church for many years. In later years, he attended the Thayer Freewill Baptist Church until his health no longer permitted.
Hosea was very much loved and will be truly missed by his family and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.
Family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.
Interment will be held at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Hosea’s memory can be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Gideon’s International.