Edgar D. Rhodes, 84

Woodworker, war veteran

December 07, 2006

Edgar D. Rhodes, a retired federal employee and decorated Army officer who served in World War II and Korea, died of emphysema Monday at his Laurel home. He was 84.

Mr. Rhodes was born and raised in Hamilton, Va.

Drafted into the Army in 1944, he graduated from officer candidate school and became a munitions instructor at Camp Blanding, Fla. He also served in Japan with the Army's special forces.

He remained in the reserves and was recalled to active duty in 1950 as a shipping officer in Korea. He earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service for keeping supplies flowing to military units.

In 1952, he was sent to Baltimore as a company commander at Fort Holabird's Counterintelligence Center. From 1955 to 1958, he served in Germany, then left the Army as a captain.

From 1958 until retiring in 1976, he was a contract negotiator with the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Department of Transportation and Department of Justice Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.

An accomplished woodworker, he enjoyed designing and making wind chimes in his shop.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia, where he was a member.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Margaret Elizabeth Pitzer; a son, David B. Rhodes of White Marsh; two daughters, Sherrin L. Greenlaw of Penacook, N.H., and Carol A. Metzer of Westminster; a sister, Dorothy Allder of Winchester, Va.; and three grandchildren.

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