May 25, 1963 ~ November 21, 2020

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Mr. Willie Calvin Rhodes, Sr. was born to Willie Bessie Trammell and the late Emanuel Rhodes, Sr. on May 25, 1963, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Willie attended Indianapolis Public Schools, graduating from Arsenal Tech High School. As a child he was affectionately called “Calvin” by his family but after becoming a young man he preferred to be called “Will.”

Will accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Arthur Johnson, Sr.

He was formerly employed by Kroger for many years and was currently employed as a Merchandiser for Frito Lay for 13 years. Will was very laid back and easy going. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, listening to music and watching sports. He was an avid Colts fans.

Will was an awesome son, a very loving and devoted father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed spending time with his 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerome Rhodes.

Mr. Willie Calvin Rhodes, Sr. departed this life on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the age of 57 years old.

He leaves to cherish his memory son, Willie Calvin Rhodes, Jr.; his loving and devoted mother, Willie Bessie Trammell; grandchildren, Raylynn and Kenneth Rhodes; brother, Michael L. Hudson; sister, Quinn Marie Trammell; a very special cousin, Angela Timberlake; half-brothers: Emanuel Rhodes, Jr. (Patricia), Darrell Rhodes, Mark Rhodes, Maurio Rhodes (Tamika) and DeLonzo Rhodes; half-sisters, Sherry Rhodes, Amanda Rhodes-Ward (Richard), Michelle Stone-Coffie (Reuben) and Markeshia Walker; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


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  1. Thank you for all the good time, the friendship, the business and the elbows. It was nice knowing you had my back. You will be truly missed.
    Rest easy my brother, we will take it from here….

  2. Words can not express the hurt we feel to lose a dear friend. May you rest peacefully in the hands of God. You will truly be missed.

  3. Peace and comfort to the Rhodes and Trammell family. I’ll miss Will and our Kroger conversations as he worked. RIP Will

  4. December 9, 2020

    To the Family of Mr. Willie Calvin Rhodes

    On behalf of the members of the Circle City Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Indiana, we extend our deepest and sincere condolences to you during this time of bereavement.

    Today, with the home-going of your Beloved, Mr. Willie Calvin Rhodes, we are prayerful and mindful that during these difficult times, that you find the words of comfort, words of peace that would ease the sorrow and loss you now feel.

    We pray that in this loss you are led to the path of divine tranquility. However, we are grateful that we can approach our Heavenly Father in humble submission and prayer and ask for His Divine Mercy, Grace and Strength during these times.

    We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    There is consolation through God’s Word: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”. (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)

    May the Love and Peace of God rule your hearts and minds.

    Humbly Submitted,

    Lee C. Martin, Sr. President
    National Federation of the Blind, Circle City Chapter of Indiana
    Florence Myers-McSwine,
    Vice President

  5. My friend and brother, sorry I didn’t get a chance to say good bye. Even though we didn’t talk daily or weekly, it was like we never missed a beat when we did connect. I’ll miss the concerts, comedy shows, hanging out at the barber shop, but most of all I’ll miss riding with our Colts and Pacers through the highs and lows. You will truly be missed my brother.

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