Middle TN Fellowship of Christian Magicians

hosts of Music City Creative Ministries Conference


Charles Wesley Rhodes

August 4, 1966 - April 14, 2015

Charles Wesley Rhodes, 48, of Gallatin, TN died April 14, 2015. Charles was a longtime member of Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Magicians, died suddenly from a heart attack early Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Charles Wesley Rhodes, 48, born in Portland, TN on August 4, 1966, passed away April 14, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Annette Brown Rhodes; “Buddy” the child-yorkie; parents, Hoyd and Leona Rhodes, Jr.; brother, Erron Rhodes; parents- in-law, Earl & Sue Brown; and a multitude of loving family and friends.

A good Christian man, loving husband, devoted son and brother, Charles was a 1984 graduate of Portland High School and employed by Town and Country Ford in the Parts & Service Department. He was a member of the Long Hollow Baptist Church, Gallatin Campus, a 2013 graduate of Christian Training Institute (CTI), Smiles Unlimited Clown College, Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Baily Circus, as well as a member of the Christian Magician Ministry. As an artist and entertainer, he brought smiles to the old & young alike. He was also popular during the Christmas season portraying Santa.

Charles was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), local IBM Ring 37 & 252, International Fellowship of Christian Magicians (FCM), & Middle Tennessee FCM. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 15 from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Friday, April 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. A Service to celebrate the life of Charles Wesley Rhodes will be held Friday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at Crestview Funeral Home at 1623 Hwy. 109 North in Gallatin, TN 37066.

A Broken Wand Ceremony will be included in the arrangements. As Charles was a lover of balloons & festive occasions, the family requests that balloons be incorporated into arrangements sent and there will be a balloon release at the graveside.

James Earl "Jim" Ford

May 24, 1936 - November 23, 2013

James Earl" Jim" Ford, 77, of Hendersonville, TN, died November 23, 2013 at the Hendersonville Medical Center after a brief illness.

Known as the Amazin' Abner, he was a long-time member of Middle TN FCM and regularly served as registrar and auctioneer for the Music City CMC. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 37 and Society of American Magicians #50.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Moss Etta Everett Ford; one daughter, Felicia (Bobby) Steele of Portland, TN; two grandchildren, Chris and Amanda Steele; one sister, Carol Anne ( Arne) Servatius of South Haven, MI; one brother, Ron Ford of Bowling Green.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Ford.

Visitation was Nov. 25 at McMurtrey Funeral Home at 2232 Summer Shade Rd., Summer Shade, KY 42166. Funeral and Broken Wand services were Nov. 26 at the McMurtrey Funeral Home with burial in Hiseville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andrew Jackson Police Youth Camp at 440 Welshwood Dr., Nashville,TN 37211.

Rev. Leonard F. Andrews Sr.

Feb. 18, 1920 - May 16, 2013

Leonard F. Andrews Sr., 93, of Nashville, TN, passed away May 16, 2013. A long-time member of Middle TN FCM and well-known magician in the West Nashville community, Leonard was a retired Presbyterian preacher and member of West Nashville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survived by his wife of 69 years, Laura Jane Andrews; 3 daughters, Diana Carver, Beulah (Prentice) Goodwin, Judy Andrews; son, Leonard F. (Carolyn) Andrews, Jr.; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Avril. Funeral was May 18 at West Nashville Cumberland Presbyterian Church with interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials were made to WNCP Church Phase 2.

Melvin Thomas Parkhurst

June 11, 1929 - October 27, 2011

Melvin Parkhurst, 82, of Nashville, TN died October 27, 2011. Mel was a longtime member of Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Magicians and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Linda Parkhurst. Funeral was October 31 at Hermitage Church of The Nazarene in Old Hickory. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville, TN.

William Thomas Molby

April 1, 1945 - August 18, 2011

William "Tom" Molby, 66, of Nashville, TN died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at his home. A former minister, Tom Molby was a longtime member of Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Magicians and an accomplished songwriter/singer in Nashville.

See memorial at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/73005/.