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Perry Wendel "The Judge" Rhodes

November 27, 1934 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 86)

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Perry Wendel “The Judge” Rhodes, 86, of Tunnelton, WV, died on Monday, April 26, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

Perry was born November 27, 1934, in Westernport, MD, a son of the late Lester V. and Hilda Kathern (Weaver) Rhodes.

Perry was a 1953 graduate of Tunnelton High School and a lifelong member of the Howesville United Methodist Church. At the age of 21, he started his own trucking company working 59 years until his retirement in 2014 and he was also Vice President of Walnut Hill Coal Company. Perry collected cars and trains for many years and was a member of TCA. After retiring, he loved working on his farm, making hay, feeding the cows, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two sons and spouses, Randal and Sheila Rhodes of Kingwood, Robin Lynn and Robin Rhodes of Tunnelton; one daughter, Rhonda Jo “Sue” Rhodes of Tunnelton; three brothers and spouses, Glenn and Lynda Rhodes of Parkersburg, Ronnie and Carla Rhodes and Dwight and Donna Rhodes, all of Mineral Wells; two sisters and spouses, Karen and Charles Zinn and Martha and Dwight Rosier, all of Tunnelton; 5 grandchildren and spouses, Brent Rhodes, Kristie Hartsell and Allen, Drew Rhodes, Amanda Bishoff and Kevin, Cody Rhodes and Brooke; 9 great-grandchildren, Paige and Ariana Rhodes, Maleah and Rylan Rhodes, Violet Bishoff, Clayten and Myles Hartsell; Scarlett and Carson “Eli” Rhodes.

In addition to his parents, Perry was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, April 1976, Violet Roslie (Bishop) Rhodes; two brothers and spouse, Carl and Sandra Rhodes, Paul Brent Rhodes; two sisters, Mary Katherine Rhodes and Anna Leanora Rhodes; two grandchildren, Ryan Rhodes and James Wendell Rhodes.

Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel 295 South Price Street on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 2-8pm. Visitation on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, will be at the Howesville United Methodist Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Sonny McNear and Pastor Rick Bloom officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kingwood.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made in Perry’s memory to the Howesville United Methodist Church, c/o Pearl Weaver, 501 Number 4 Road, Tunnelton, WV 26444. Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

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April 27, 2021

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rotruck - Lobb Kingwood Chapel
295 S. Price St.
Kingwood, WV 26537

April 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Howesville United Methodist Church (Rotruck - Lobb Kingwood Chapel 295 South Price Street)

Funeral Service
April 28, 2021

11:00 AM
Howesville United Methodist Church (Rotruck - Lobb Kingwood Chapel 295 South Price Street)

Interment following funeral service
April 28, 2021

Sunset Memorial Gardens, Kingwood


Howesville United Methodist Church
C/O Pearl Weaver, 501 Number 4 Road, Tunnelton WV 26444

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