gold beachOWENSBORO, Ky. (9/21/19) — Margaret H. Rhodes Walton, 91, of Owensboro, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019 while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. She was born August 15, 1928 in Hopkins County to the late James Spurlin and Gorda Felty Rhodes. She was co-owner and operator of Walton's Grocery Store in Bucksville, KY where she wrote a community news column for the local Auburn paper. She was a member of Third Baptist Church and Vida Vota Sunday School class. Margaret was very active in Eastern Star Chapter 328, Banock 531, and Stanley 253 and was a past Matron in Auburn, was a former member of White Shrine of Owensboro #2 and the Advisory Board of Rainbow Girls. She was also a board member of Audubon Area Alliance, a Kentucky Colonel, and an election poll worker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles K. Walton; and her siblings, Lawrence, Jimmy, B.L., Justice, Willis, Elbert, Delbert Rhodes and Gusta Johnston; the father of her children, Thomas Monroe Melton; and a son-in-law, Eddie "Butch" Austin.

Survivors include her son, James R. "Randy" Melton (Patsy); daughters, Nancy Brown (Tony Poiles), Suzette Austin, and Vickie Carey (Tom); four grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Mae Rhodes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Third Baptist Church, Owensboro. Graveside service will at 3 p.m. on Friday at Grapevine Cemetery, Madisonville. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory with the Order of the Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at Third Baptist Church, Owensboro.

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