South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

William Luther Rhodes, Jr.
           
Date Born: May 14, 1918

 Date Died: April 8, 1986

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Loris, SC

Place Buried: Varnville Cemetery in Varnville, SC

           
   

Associate Justice 1975 - 1980
   

William Luther Rhodes, Jr. was born on May 14, 1918 in Loris, SC, the son of William Luther Rhodes and Gussie (Worley) Rhodes. He graduated from Duke University in 1939, and then from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1942. He was admitted to the SC bar in 1942.

In 1942, William Luther Rhodes, Jr. served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was sent to active duty in India until 1946. Upon his return, he launched his own successful law practice in Hampton County, which he continued until 1960.

William Luther Rhodes, Jr. married Elizabeth Rentz DuBose, daughter of William Harrell DuBose and Elizabeth Miller (Rentz) DuBose; they had three children.

In 1950, William Luther Rhodes, Jr. was first elected to represent Hampton County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 89th General Assembly that met from 1951 to 1952
- 90th General Assembly that met from 1953 to 1954
- 91st General Assembly that met from 1955 to 1956
- 92nd General Assembly that met from 1957 to 1958
- 93rd General Assembly that met from 1959 to 1960

On February 16, 1960, William Luther Rhodes, Jr. was elected as a Judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit, and he resigned from the House of Representatives. He continued as a Judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit until 1975.

On August 14, 1975, William Luther Rhodes, Jr. was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing James Woodrow Lewis, who had recently been elected Chief Justice. He was re-elected in 1978 and served as an Associate Justice until 1980, when he reached the mandatory retirement age.

William Luther Rhodes, Jr. was a member of County, State, and American Bar Associations and the American Judicature Society. He also served as President of the Hampton Junior Chamber of Commerce; named a Hampton County and Rotary Distinguished Citizen; appointed as the 1975 Grand Marshal of the Hampton Watermelon Festival; had membership on the S.C. Judicial Commission on Crime; and was included in Who's Who in America.

On April 8, 1986, William Luther Rhodes, Jr. died, and he was buried in the Varnville Cemetery in Varnville, SC.



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