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Rhodes Funeral Directors
800 Druid Road East
Clearwater, FL 33756
Tel: (727) 446-3055

Our facility is wheelchair accessible

About Us


The Man You Lean On In a Lonely Hour

Your Funeral Director

What makes it lonely is not just the suddenness, the sense of loss, the grief. It is also the bewilderment, the strangeness, the wondering what to do.

Your own need then...at once...is someone to lean on. Someone who can replace confusion with calm, doubts with certainty, questions with answers. Your own need then...is someone who knows what to do...and goes about doing it quietly, gently, sympathetically, with efficiency and dignity.

This is what your funeral director has been trained by education, apprenticeship and experience to be and to do. This is his mission. To be an island of calm, to counsel, to help, to reassure.

His experience and understanding make it easy for you to make the decisions you alone must make about the type of service and where it will be held. He puts at your disposal the facilities of the funeral home and takes care of a multitude of necessary details.

But beyond all the necessary physical things he does, what the family invariably remembers and treasures most is that here in, their lonely hour, was a man they could lean on.

There is such a man in your community. Probably a number of them. You probably already know one of them. They are good citizens and good neighbors. They probably belong to your Kiwanis club, or Rotary or Lions. Men who take pride in their profession and the practice of it. Get to know one of them. That lonely hour will come to all of us.

Our History

  • At least one funeral home operated for a time in Clearwater prior to 1917.
  • 1917- C.N. Alexander founded Alexander Funeral Home.
  • 1948-John S. Rhodes, Sr. purchased Alexander Funeral Home
  • 1961-John S. Rhodes, Jr. opens his own funeral home, John S. Rhodes, Jr., Funeral Directors, when his father, John S. Rhodes, Sr., sells the funeral home to a bank.
  • 1976-Rhodes, P.A., Funeral Directors, is founded by John S. "Jay" Rhodes,III
  • 1984-Rhodes and John Wice open the Rhodes & Wice Belcher chapel, naming the original location as Rhodes & Wice Druid Chapel. In 1988, Wice Retired from the firm and his name was dropped.
  • 1991-Jay Rhodes sells Rhodes Funeral Directors to the Loewen Group
  • 1995-Jay Rhodes retired from Rhodes.
  • 2001-Work & Son purchased Rhodes from Loewen as part of Loewen's bankruptcy re-0rganization. Currently, Cliff Work is the owner of Rhodes Funeral Homes and the licensed Funeral Director/Manager is Robert Grant.
    We are now fulfilling the Rhodes tradition of our family serving your family as we have since 1948.



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