Al Rhyne

January 18, 1938August 31, 2021

Al Rhyne (Hooper Alexander Rhyne to those who didn't know him), 83, passed away August 31, 2021. He passed peacefully in his own bed, in the house that he had built in 1971, having never stayed anywhere else outside his own volition. He governed his path from beginning to end.

Al was born in Decatur, GA on January 18, 1938 to the late Joyce and Albert Rhyne. He was a Navy veteran having served on aircraft carriers Ticonderoga, Bennington, and Midway. After his discharge he became a lead mechanic for Delta, retiring in 1991 after 30 years. He retired to a life of restoring classic Chevrolet cars; one of which having appeared on the cover of a magazine and others appearing in the movie Mississippi Burning. Al loved to farm & work in his shop & be around those he loved. He also loved riding his Harley Davidson trike, helping and serving others when he was able. He treasured time with his daughter, time with his neighbors, nights in the auto shop, and visits from loved ones.

Al was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma Kay Rhyne; father, Albert Herschel Rhyne; mother, Joyce Alexander Rhyne; brother, Albert Rhyne Jr.; and several beloved friends and pets.

Al will be missed by his loving daughter, Rhonda Rhyne (husband, Landon Webster); his beloved cat, Yuma-Girl; sisters-in-law, Janis Clevenger and Karen Clevenger (husband, George Branton); nieces & nephews; and many friends that he loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sept. 19, 2021 at Locust Grove United Methodist Church. Masks are strongly encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, donations to his beloved daughter's charity Rescue Cats is appreciated. RescueCats, Inc., PO Box 142882, Fayetteville, GA 30214 or online at: or enter as payee

The family also request your prayers after the loss of such a unique and wonderfully-made individual as Al was from start to finish.

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Janis Clevenger

September 11, 2021

Al was always there to help you at the drop of a hat. He might shake his head but he never made you feel stupid, no matter what you asked him, and I was totally in the dark when I moved to Georgia about most everything- life in general and the maintenance and upkeep of a vehicle in particular.
I can’t remember the times he came to my rescue, never pointing out my ignorance in how I got into such a mess. He had the patience on Job. If anyone in the family had a problem, we would say,” Call Al”.
I have since become familiar with the upkeep of my vehicles, but I will always remember Al and enjoy reminiscing about all the times I bothered him. My memories of him will forever comfort me.

Donna Gretler

September 10, 2021

I first met Al in 1958, he was stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station. Every time his ship came in after a tour of duty, I would pick him up in front of the base. He would visit my family and I. Al and my dad got along great. BBQ's, beer and navy stories. After many years, Al and I reconnected. We renewed our friendship and it was like old times. I visited Georgia a few times and he took me on many new adventures (Segway driving, ziplining and rides on his motor trike). I had so much fun whenever I visited. We had a wonderful friendship that lasted many years. I loved him and will miss him every day.

Clay Young

September 8, 2021

A life well lived, on his terms.
A brilliant and kind soul.
Much respect and admiration to you, my friend.

This man is in heaven, rebuilding classic cars for angels to enjoy.

I have a mental image of Al telling the ones in charge up there how to do it better, after he reads the manual, of course.

Rhonda, Al will always walk beside you. You were the apple of his eye. Take note of that shadow that moves near you, the things that go bump in the night and little things he will do to let you know he is near.

Prayers for the family.

Landon Webster

September 8, 2021

I thought a long time about what I would write about Al. I figured out pretty quickly that I would well overrun the 2000 character limit. He helped me many times and we had several great adventures. I'll never forget his laugh. I miss his talents and I miss his company. I didn't have a good picture of the two of us but one I took that he always got a kick out of was this deer standing near his no-deer sign. You lead an admirable life Al. Rest easy.

Brian Smith

September 8, 2021

I loved Al like a brother. We spoke from time to time (I always reserved at least an hour) with what I consider to be his thoughtful and considerate take on life. He was truly one of those people you need to know in life; a character unparalleled.

Sandy Rogers

September 8, 2021

Al was a genuine, warm, funny and generous uncle. He gave of his time and expertise wherever it was needed. I know this because he came to my rescue many times growing up. Whether it was to fix a flat tire, help me shop for a car or offer a Delta buddy pass he was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a true family man and I loved watching the special bond he had with his daughter Rhonda. It was heartwarming to see how much he adored her. Al will be missed by all who knew him. Fly high Al; you left many warm memories on earth and now it’s time for you to soar <3

Jerri Clay Hays

September 8, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Al several times and working with him through Rescuecats. He was a very dear man and reminded me of my father. He will certainly be missed in the community. I am sure his legacy will live on through this daughter, Rhonda and her family. Love and sympathy Jerri and family including all of the Rescuecats volunteers.