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Ernest Dwayne Rhodes

Ernest Dwayne Rhodes, 58, of St. Louis Missouri, passed away on September 8, 2021 after many hard-fought battles with serious medical issues.

Ernest was strong and kind, with a big warm laugh that filled the room and will be dearly missed. Smart, resourceful, and hard-working, he was determined to provide for his family, to give them the life he felt they deserved and so much more. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly proud of his children and did his best to support them in all their endeavors. Anyone who knew Ernest knew that he was the most caring, loving father and husband a family could ask for.

Ernest was predeceased by his brother, Carl and his father, Ernest Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Jamie; his son, Alex; his daughters, India and Olivia; and his mother, Dorothy, and sister, Gretchen Rhodes.

Funeral services will be at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 3600 Hampton Ave., St Louis, MO 63109 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM; following will be a backyard reception at his home for family and friends to further celebrate his life with food and music.

The family requests that any flowers are sent to the Church, notes sent to his home, and donations made to the American Heart Association on Ernest’s behalf.


  1. Donna (Sage) Squires on September 10, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I’m heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ernest. He was always a ray of sunshine! It was a pleasure to grow all the children of Jamie and Ernest. One of the most loving and memorable families at UCDC. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Lynn Navin on September 14, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Ernest’s death. I can still see his smile and hear his roaring laughter when picking up the kids at UCDC. I will be out of town this weekend so will miss the celebration of his life. Sending prayers to all of you.

    Lynn Navin

  3. Sandra C. Jordan on September 14, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    With Deepest Sympathy: “Gone from our sight, but never from our memories– Gone from our touch, but never our hearts.”
    Thinking of you, Dorothy & Family, and hoping your memories of special times bring all of you comfort. ????
    Lillian Collins, Children & Grandchildren

  4. Bob Hoffman on September 15, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Ernest. Prayers for you and your family Jamie.

  5. Ruth N Nixon on September 16, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    I Love the LORD, because HE hath heard my voice and my supplication. I am Dwayne aunt Ruth. I love your whole family
    which is my family. I heard about my nephew transition and know he is with the LORD. Family I am praying for us. The LORD
    is our STRONG TOWER, our ROCK, and our SALVATION. We will trust HIM. We love you all ( aunt Ruth & Greg).

  6. Verne Wilson on September 17, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    My prayers s go out to you and your family. I will never put more on you than you can bear. Please let us know if there is anything we can do during these times and the times ahead.

  7. Warren Grove Missionary Baptist Church: MWW Ministry and L&M Ministry on September 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Sending condolences and prayers to the family! ????????
    May GOD bring peace & comfort to you, Dorothy Rhodes, Gretchen & Ethan, and also to your entire family during difficult times!

  8. Cora Parson on September 17, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1). May God comfort you and the family during this difficult time. Dorothy, you and the family are in our prayers. Love Cora and Family

  9. Mary (Knox) Smith on October 5, 2021 at 7:38 am

    This Breaks my heart! Ernest and Jamie were some of my Best Friends in High School. I am hoping if Jamie reads this she gets in touch with me. My love is with the whole family and I will remember him forever as my French Class Buddy!

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