James "Jim" Avery Rhinehart

November 23, 1949August 21, 2018
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Memorial Service for James (Jim) Avery Rhinehart, 67, of Temple, will be 3:00 PM Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Oak Park United Methodist Church, 5505 S. 31st St. in Temple. Inurnment will be scheduled at a later date at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Jim was born November 23, 1949 in Chattanooga, TN to the late Ralph Lee and Evelyn Laura Bowers Rhinehart. After the death of his mother in childbirth he was raised by his late uncle, Austin Riddell, and aunt, Dorothy Bowers. He was raised and attended schools in Ooltewah, graduating high school in 1967. He served in the US Army as a Sergeant First Class and retired after 22 honorable and faithful years. Jim met and married the love of his life, Rosanna Wood, on June 10, 1978, in Colorado Springs, CO. After his military career, Jim worked as a security guard and then later as a dispatcher and delivery driver for a lumber company. Jim’s favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing. He and Rosanna moved to Temple, from Colorado, in 2016 to enjoy a more mild climate. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rosanna Rhinehart; sons, Dennis, Terry and Gregory Rhinehart; brother, Ronald Rhinehart; sisters, Patricia Williamson, Linda Jameson, Doris Dantes, Karen Wood, and Sharon Ramsamy; grandchildren, Hayley, Louis, Emma, Grace, Oliver, Arlo; and great grandchildren, Bella and Braxton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 30, 2018

James "Jim" Avery Rhinehart

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Sharla Pechal

September 14, 2018

I absolutely adore this family. Jim and Rosanne have definitely touched my heart and my daughter Kyndall. We both absolutely just love you all and send your whole family our condolences and continue to pray for you all daily. We both cherish the time we had getting to know you all and the forever memories that we have. Kyndall just loved getting to hear all the stories and see all the pictures he would share with her. Just know we are always here for you guys.

Doris Jenkins

August 29, 2018

Rosanne, as I look over these pictures of your life together, it's obvious you shared many amazing moments with each other and with your families ! From the looks of these pictures, I'm sure your life together will not be defined by his last few years struggling thru his illness. You two were meant to be together and led a blessed life. I'm thankful you gave my son the love and acceptance you did and you gave him two awesome brothers, sisters in laws and 5 more niece's and nephews ! James could not have picked a better other mother for his son !! My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you as the days linger thru your sadness. Please consider TN as one of your many homes ! I love and cherish you, my dear friend. Doris and Jim Jenkins

Reta (Harrell) Weiss

August 27, 2018

One of my first memories of James was from his father, Ralph. I think it was the first time he greeted us as neighbors, about 1956. Daddy greeted Ralph at the door and invited Ralph in. Ralph started telling us about his family and about the saga of loosing his wife in childbirth, and his gift to his sister, James. Ralph was proud of his family, and of the boy his sister was raising. I met James a time or two at some of their family reunions, and found him to be a nice and mannerly person. As our family faced our own trials with the untimely death of our mother, we moved. I ended up going to live with my sister in Soddy Daisy, and going to Hixson High School. In gym class, I found a friend in Doris Masterson, as she had the name “James Rhinehart” written all over her notebook. We became fast & best friends and I reconnected with the family that had become an extension of our own family. Through the years (over 50 now), I have had the opportunity to interact with the Rhineharts and know the kind, decent and honorable people they are. We grieve your loss, too, but know James is no longer in pain, and today he has joined his family and his Savior.



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits James (Jim) Avery Rhinehart who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Jim was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about.

His birth parents were Ralph & Evelyn Rhinehart, however, he was raised by his uncle Austin & aunt Dorothy Riddell after his mother’s death from childbirth. Jim was raised in Ooltewah, TN with his cousins Doyle and Carol Sue whom he considered his brother and sister. Only after he became an adult was he able to establish a relationship with his birth siblings Lavinia, Gerald, Patricia, Ronald, Linda, Doris, Joyce, Sharon and Karen.

As a boy, he enjoyed being part of teams and played baseball, football and track. In his spare time he liked baseball cards, hunting and fishing. Joe Franklin took him under his wing and taught him to hunt and fish. He was a precocious child who enjoyed getting into mischief and playing tricks on his family, his buddies, even on cops when he was in high school. Some of his cohorts were Wayne Bowers, Robert Rogers, David Reno and Gary Whitaker. He graduated from Ooltewah High School in 1967. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. The teacher and coach he admired most was Jerry Wilson.

Jim was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of friends. In the Army his logical and focused thinking made him a leader who kept his soldiers grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront anyone including his superiors. Those close to Jim came to expect his high standards of performance.

An objective and conscientious individual, Jim reveled in the security of his family. On June 10, 1978 Jim exchanged wedding vows with Rosanna K. Wood at the Masonic Temple of Colorado Springs, CO. One of Jim’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and he often took part in planning celebrations for family.

Jim was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Jim was blessed with 3 sons, Dennis, Terry & Gregory. They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren; Hayley, Louis, Emma, Grace, Oliver and Arlo and 2 great grandchildren; Bella & Braxton.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jim was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Jim was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, he upheld his standards. His primary occupation was serving in the US Army. After his military retirement, he worked as a site manager in security and later worked as a dispatcher and delivery driver for a lumber company. Jim was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Jim was an Army veteran. He joined the military where he gained a sense of purpose and became a man. He learned an understanding of rank, how to abide by rules and regulations and follow orders. Later as a non-commissioned officer he was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the 1-15th Infantry in Kitzegen, Germany; 1-10th Cavalry at Ft. Carson, CO, 7-1st Air Cavalry at Ft. Knox, KY; 1-6th Infantry at Illesheim, Germany; US Army Garrison at Ft. Carson, CO; Camp Red Cloud in Korea; and 2-35th Armor at Ft. Carson, CO. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received several awards recognizing his service, including 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 ARCOMS (Army Commendation Medals), and 1 Good Conduct Medal.

Jim approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting & fishing. Jim was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but preferred to share his interests with his boys and close friends. He was also a sports fan who enjoyed watching baseball, wrestling, football and women’s basketball. His favorite team was Alabama Crimson Tide, who he was proud to boast won 9 SEC Championships.

Jim passed away on August 21, 2018 at his home in Temple, Texas after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Rosanna; sons, Dennis, Terry and Gregory Rhinehart; brother, Ronald Rhinehart; sisters, Patricia Williamson, Linda Jameson, Doris Dantes, Karen Wood and Sharon Ramsamy; grandchildren, Hayley, Louis, Emma, Grace, Oliver, and Arlo; and great grandchildren, Bella and Braxton. Services were held at Oak Park United Methodist Church in Temple, Texas. Jim’s ashes will be interred in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.