Leah Rhodes Whedbee

Published 5:21 pm Saturday, March 5, 2016

Leah Rhodes Whedbee, 77, wife of the late George B. Whedbee and a resident of Suffolk, passed away at her residence on Friday, March 4, 2016. Born on Feb. 5, 1939, she was the daughter of the late James Eugene Rhodes Jr. and the late Martha Umphlett Rhodes. She retired as co-owner of Boney’s Place in Driver. She was a member of Wilroy Baptist Church and former member of Berea Christian Church, treasurer and member of the O.E.S. #149 of Driver.

She is survived by a daughter, Maria A. Maxwell and her husband, Cameron, of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandsons, Andrew and Caleb Maxwell; a companion, Louis Highsmith, of Suffolk. She was pre-deceased by an infant son, George Brent Whedbee II; brother, James E. Rhodes III; and sister, Jean Rhodes.

Funeral services with an Eastern Star service will be held Monday, March 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Wilroy Baptist Church, 306 Williams Road, Suffolk, with the Rev. Benn Fleming officiating. Family will join friends for a visitation at the church at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, 4569 Shoulders Hill Road, Suffolk. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions can be made to O.E.S. #149 of Driver, c/o Nancy Clark, 4009 Dartmouths Road, Portsmouth, VA 23707.


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Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be offered at www.bakerfoster.com.