Former Jackson County state senator, football coach William “Son” Rhodes passes away at 84

Former Jackson County state senator and one time prep football coach William C. “Son” Rhodes passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

Rhodes, of Vancleave, was born on February 1, 1931 in Moss Point to H.M. and Hazel Rhodes. He was a lifelong resident of Jackson County, and served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was a former Senator with the Mississippi Legislature, He graduated from Moss Point High School, and University of Southern Mississippi. He taught school and coached football at East Central High School. He was a member of Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church, a member of the Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point, the American Legion Post#160, VFW Post #3373, BPOE Elks Lodge #1120, as well as other clubs and organizations.