Ethan James Rhoades of Buena Vista died Nov. 30


Ethan James Rhoades passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at his home in Buena Vista.

He was born in Elkton, Md., on Oct. 5, 1993, a son of Robert Rhoades, formerly of Ligonier, Penn., and Mary Grey (McGuffin) Rhoades, formerly of Fairfield.

He is survived by his parents, his brother Jacob Richard Rhoades and sister-in-law Katherine Mackenzie (Quigley) Rhoades of Lexington, and his beloved kitten, Fritzie.

Ethan was a 2012 graduate of Rockbridge County High School. He loved music, playing the piano, guitar and the oboe. Ethan attended Richard Huish College in Taunton, England, his junior year of high school, returning to graduate from RCHS, then attending Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., to study environmental science. He was an avid organic gardener and loved working outdoors.

Ethan loved his family, and was especially close with his mother and his grandmothers, Barbara (Coco) McGuffin and Janet (Choo Choo) Rhoades.

Despite his own challenges, he always had a kind spot in his heart to help a neighbor, befriend those less fortunate, and take in a stray needing a home.

A family visitation will be at Harrison Funeral Home in Lexington on Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Ethan would have loved for folks to support Boxerwood Gardens,

Yellow Brick Road
preschool, and the Rockbridge SPCA.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.



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