Robert Douglas Rhodes

Robert Douglas Rhodes was born August 18, 1967 in Opelousas, Louisiana and passed away May 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas at the age of 52. He graduated from Comeau High School and attended UTI for 2 years. Douglas loved working hard for his family and was employed with W.T. Byler Co. for 22 years, as a heavy equipment truck driver. Douglas was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Jean Lane Rhodes. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Rhodes of New Caney, Texas; children: Kristi Gil and husband Oscar of Conroe, Texas, Kyle Rhodes and Wendy Lovelace of Shepherd, Texas, Kaitlin Hall and husband Aaron of New Caney, Texas, and Kady Rhodes of New Caney, Texas; brother, Lloyd Leroy “Buddy” Rhodes and wife Tracy of Cankton, Louisiana; grandchildren: Madison Benitez, Abigail Gil, Gabriel George, and Kaelinn Hall. The Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020 at 2pm in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wayne Hudson and Deacon Jimmy Ballinger officiating.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Doug was Always a gentleman-Always had time to say hello and made me laugh-this world will miss him. Prayers for the family-love -Carol Irwin

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