Rhodes is a native of Stanford, Kentucky and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. He retired from the Kentucky Division of Conservation after 30 years, and is currently a Warren County Conservation District Supervisor. He was also one of the owners/founders of the Richpond Market and Deli. Rhodes was the first recipient of the Western Kentucky University Department of Agriculture Spirit Award. He and his wife, Marilyn, currently attend Southside Baptist Church in Bowling Green. He has traveled on many mission trips to Nicaragua and Honduras.