Scoba F. Rhodes, 79, of East Falmouth died on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Falmouth Hospital after an illness. He was born in Indiana the son of the late Scoba and Mary F. (McElroy) Rhodes. He was the former husband of Dorothy Rae (Kimble) Rhodes of Los Angeles, Ca, and Sharon Duarte of New Bedford, MA.
Scoba was raised in educated in Falmouth. He excelled in sports and graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree. His choosing to attend college was because of the advice of General Chappy James. He is a Vietnam era veteran having served in the US Air Force from 1961-1965. He met and married Dorothy and they had five children. With the help of his parents, he later raised his five children, after their divorce.
He worked in Education Administration, including as a counselor for Lawrence High School where he also track coach, and in admissions for UMass, formerly S.M.U. He was a summer police officer in Falmouth and the former Dean of Upper Cape Tech High School in Bourne until his retirement in 1997.
Scoba enjoyed sailing and many other activities and memberships including, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, current President of the National Association of Advanced Colored People (NAACP), the Falmouth Rotary Club, and served on many boards for town and local civic, education, and many affirmative action groups and causes. He was the recipient of the Civic Leadership Award for “No Place for Hate Falmouth”. He was also the founding member of the Falmouth Neighborhood Association.
Scoba is survived by his children: Scoba Rhodes, Jr. and his wife Sonia of Tustin, CA, J. Kimble Rhodes of Nevada, the triplets: Lynne Rhodes of E. Falmouth, Leslie Allen and her husband Terry of Beaumont, Edmonton Canada, and Lee Rhodes of Los Angeles, CA. He was predeceased by his first son, Scoba Rhodes, II. He was the brother of Earl V. Rhodes of Boston, Richard Rhodes of Laurel, MD, Elizabeth A. Rhodes of Boston and the late Elnora M. Rhodes, and Loretta (Rhodes) Stephens. He also leaves five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.; and 11 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held from 2:00-6:00pm on Sunday, Jul 1 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, FALMOUTH CENTER. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Monday, Jul 2 at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Hwy (Route 28), East Falmouth. Burial to follow in the St. Anthony Cemetery.