Graveside services for Katie Windham Rhodes, 92, of Covington, LA and formerly of Indianola will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness. She passed away November 5, 2019, at Avanti Memory Care in Covington, LA.
She was born in Caile, MS, in 1926 to Ellis Windham and Ellie Barber. She grew up on her family’s farm and graduated from Inverness High School. She was proud to have been co-captain of the championship basketball team her senior year. She married Louis Rhodes in 1945. After military service, Louis and Katie settled in Indianola, MS. They had two daughters, Linda & Debbie. Katie was a member of Indianola Methodist Church and an employee of Lewis Grocer Co. In 1966, Louis & Katie moved to New Orleans. Katie worked as a bookkeeper for a legal firm & a mortgage company. A friend persuaded her to obtain a real estate license. Katie was so successful selling real estate that a part-time job became a full-time career. She became a broker and opened her own company Rhodes Real Estate. Katie also served for several years as President of the Castle Manor Association. Louis died in 2005, a month before Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane destroyed both her homes & her business. Not to be deterred, she relocated to Slidell, LA, and worked for Gardner Real Estate until retirement at 89. Katie was an active member of several Methodist and Presbyterian churches, volunteering as a Sunday school teacher and serving as a board member.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers V. Ellis and Sidney Windham, and her grandson Christopher. She is survived by daughters Linda Delaney (Joe) and Debbie Rhodes, granddaughter Debbie Stone (Ed) and great granddaughter Adelyn Stone and niece Jeannette Murphey (Joey).
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any church or charity of your choice.