Christopher James Rhoton

February 8, 1984August 13, 2019

Greenville, SC – Christopher James Rhoton, 35 formerly of Claremont, NC went home to be with the Lord on August 13, 2019 at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. Born on February 8, 1984 in Catawba County, Chris was the son of James and Carolyn Farthing Rhoton of Claremont. His rank was 2nd Lt. as an aircraft maintenance officer in the 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit responsible for 250 airmen and 27 F-16 aircraft. Chris was preceded in death by his father- in- law, Charles Willers; his grandparents, Fred and Jane Farthing as well as his beloved cat Snickers. Survivors include his wife, Jessica Rhoton; his parents, James and Carolyn Rhoton; mother-in-law, Jill Willers, 3 brothers, David Rhoton and wife Stephanie, Patrick Rhoton, Jonluke Rhoton; 6 sisters, Jenny Wilson and husband Joe, Joy-Lynn Rhoton, Amy Malinoski and husband Chris, Audra Rhoton, Brandy Rhoton and Halley Rhoton; 3 brother-in-laws, Craig Willers and wife Sue, Mark Gonzales and fiancé Lynsey, Bill Willers; 2 sister-in-laws, Dawn-Marie Frisbie and husband Ronnie, Bonnie-Lynn Crenshaw and husband Will; 7 nieces, Ashley Wilson, Laura Wilson, Emma Smith, Sahara Rhoton; Alyssa Gonzales, Emily Willers and Kayden Frisbie, 7 nephews, Christopher Rhoton, Jason Smith, Jalen Willers, Christopher Crenshaw, Travis Frisbie, Jacob Crenshaw and Caleb Crenshaw as well as numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Catawba Funeral Home in Hickory, NC with Rev. Tim Brink officiating. Interment will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on August 19, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Catawba Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to National Veterans Foundation at and Mission 22 at Condolences may be left at The Rhoton Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.


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Carol Breazeale

August 20, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was my son’s 1st recruiter two years ago. I was a very nervous Mom talking to him about my baby joining the Air Force. He immediately put us at ease. Please know that he had a tremendous impact on the life of my son and our family. His life mattered and we will not forget him. I don’t know the circumstances of life that he was going through, but I do know that he was a proud Airman and that he loved serving his country. We are praying for you and all of your family.

Sue Pardue

August 20, 2019

As an Air Force Mom of a now retired airman, it hurts deeply when one of our family leaves us. Far too often we realize the toll on our military men and women and their family and friends when we hear this news. It truly is a sacrifice and one we can never truly comprehend. I am praying for all who loved Chris. My heart breaks for you! My heart breaks for us all! A good man has left far too soon!

Richard Cabe

August 19, 2019

I worked with Chris for quite a while, while stationed at Charleston AFB. He was an awesome friend and a great airman. Every day he came to work with a smile on his face and was always very energetic. I remember when you got your yellow lancer and you were so proud of that car. I still can't believe you are gone, but I know that you are at peace now. Till Valhalla my brother we'll meet again.

Linda Clements

August 19, 2019

This is so hard to understand.only God knows.James and myself have you guys in our prayers .R.I.P. Christoper

Scott Reu

August 18, 2019

Godspeed, Brother. I wish I could have made it to say goodbye.

Ed Hayes

August 18, 2019

Chris worked with the Trainer Development Team for the C-17 maintenance training system for a couple years. He made a lasting contribution to our training system simulators that will impact hundreds if not thousands of airmen for years to come. He made a great impact on my life as well...always smiling always looking for opertunities to improve others and unit cohesion.
One thing will forever be ingrained in my collection of funny stories. He booked a lake house for our summer picnic one year to the obsolete disdain of our team... because it was so far away. We made it known we didn’t like the idea. A few weeks later the place burned to the ground (no injuries). Our running joke was that someone from the TDT was to blame.
I will NEVER forget Chris. I wish more than anything that I could tell him that to his face.