, Muskogee, OK

Phoenix Breaking News


August 15, 2013

Mary Barbara Stumgaugh Rhodes

1937 - 2013

Mary Barbara Stumbaugh Rhodes, age 76, of Muskogee, passed away on August 8, 2013.   

She was born in Selma, Ala. on February 4, 1937, to James H.R. Stumbaugh and Mary Elkins Stumbaugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James H.R. Stumbaugh, Mary E. and William T. Marvel, and stepson Don Rhodes. She is survived by her husband C.M. Rhodes; sons, Joseph C.”Jay” Davis, Jr. (Cathy) of Selma, Ala., Terry Davis (Kathy) of Muskogee, and Randall Rhodes (Kim) of Owasso; stepdaughter, Linda R. Adams of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Hailey Davis Dolbare (Robert), Katie Davis, Tyler Rhodes, and Will Adams; and a great-grandson, Davis W. Dolbare.  She is also survived by sisters, Katherine S. Cupp (Johnny), and Sue M. Pinsky of Pensacola, Fla., and a brother,  Lawerence L. “Bud” Stumbaugh (Tania) of Atlanta, Ga.

She graduated from Carlowville High School, Carlowville, Ala.  She and C.M. operated Continental Oil Company’s (Conoco) gas and oil distribution facility in Muskogee for a number of years. The two subsequently opened their own business —Rhodes Tire Center. Both were part owners in R & W Oil Company.  After selling their businesses, she worked as a secretary at Hilldale Public Schools before returning to the gas and oil business, working alongside Buddy Forbes at B & J Oil Company.

Though she was a transplant to Oklahoma, she never lost her Southern charm, nor drawl. She was an excellent cook and received much pleasure preparing meals for her family and friends. Working was an important part of her life. She also enjoyed meeting new people and conversing with old friends.

The Memorial Service will be held at Chandler Road Church of Christ on Saturday, August 17, 2013,  at 10:00 a.m., with Derek Pfeifer presiding and Bradley Funeral Home directing.  She will be entombed in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Buddy Forbes, Jim Dixon, David Hoaglan, Riley Rhodes, Tyler Rhodes, and Jim Treadway.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Maximo Fernan, Eastar, and Solara for caring for her during her time of need.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hope Harbor Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1047, Claremore, Ok 74018.

The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service with the arrangements.  Friends may send condolences to the family at


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