ENNIS JOHNSON "CANDYMAN" RHODES, 88, died Monday, December 20, 2021, at his home. He was born on December 4, 1933, in Jacks Creek, TN to Wilda Johnson Rhodes and F.L. “Abb” Rhodes.
He made his home for the last sixty years in Jasper, TN and was the owner of Rhodes Candy Company and was known as “Candy Man.” He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jasper and in 2019, at the age of 85, he became the oldest person ever baptized by Pastor Greg Steele. He served his Country in the Tennessee National Guard from 1951 to 1964. He was a huge sports fan! He loved his TN Volunteers and his Atlanta Braves, and he was so happy to see his Braves win the World Series again this year. He was an avid fisherman and he loved to cook crappie and feed his family and friends. He might be the only person in history to get an orange Vol’s cap signed by both Peyton Manning and Archie Manning, and he wore it fishing until the autographs were almost unreadable.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilda Johnson Rhodes and F.L. “Abb” Rhodes; sister, Carol Jane Schmidt; brother, Wayne Rhodes; mother of his children, Nancy Ruth Rhodes; and a special friend, Martha Turner.
E.J. leaves his memories to his son, Tony (Tammie) Rhodes; daughter, Jeannine (Greg) Younger; grandsons, Marcus Younger, Randy (Alana) Rhodes, and Danny (Jennifer) Rhodes; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Rhodes; brother-in-law, John Schmidt; and a host of family and friends.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, Terry Haag and Amy Ragan, and the staff of Chattanooga Hospice.
The family will have visitation on Thursday, December 23, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm CST.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 1:00 pm CST in the Chapel of Tate Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Steele officiating the service.
Pallbearers are Randy Rhodes, Danny Rhodes, Caleb Rhodes, Marcus Younger, John Frederick Schmidt, and Patrick Rhodes.
Interment will be held at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens in Jasper, TN.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church of Jasper, TN, or the Marion County Animal Resource Connection (MARC).
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Tate Funeral Home, LLC., 950 Mel Dixon Lane, Jasper, TN 37347, 423-942-9500.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tatefh.com.
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Jasper First Baptist Church
108 W 3rd Street, Jasper TN 37347
Marion Animal Resource Connection
225 Sequatchie Lane, Sequatchie TN 37374