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Retired Educator Recognized by Community
Houston County Courier - August 2008
Agnes B. Rhoder, a native of Houston County, was recognized recently in the Fourth of July parade.
Acting as parade marshal, the retired educator rode in the El Camino Real de las Tejas Historic Trial Riders' covered wagon.
Mrs. Rhoder was the fifth of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Miller. She attended public schools in east Texas, earned a bachelor of theology degree from Mary Allen College in Crockett, a bachelor of science degree from Prairie View A&M University, a master of education from Sam Houston University and completed post graduate studies at The University of Texas.
Mrs. Rhoder taught in the Crockett Independent School District from 1964 to 1979, working with 4th through 9th graders. For 20 years, she taught college freshmen and Upward Bound students at Huston-Tillotson College, Austin as a reading/writing specialist.
Mrs. Rhoder's experiences are "varied and bountiful." She has served on many educational, civic and religious boards and committees throughout the state and the country.
Her distinctive voice was heard every week over the airwaves for 18 years during her devotional radio program. She's served as a board member of Houston County Public Library, a member of the Desegregation Committee of Texas in the public schools, recording secretary of the Palestine Bowen District, of which she's worked for more than 50 years, a field missionary, and Sunday school teacher for adults.
Her travels have been extensive and far-reaching. She has made two world tours that have carried her into many major countries that include Italy, France, Greece, England, Spain, Germany, Japan, India, Switzerland, China, Thailand, Egypt, Holland, Jerusalem and Israel.
Additionally she did a six-week study in Jerusalem and Israel in ancient history and archaeology. In her search for ancient pottery, she took numerous tours to Jericho, Bethlehem, and Jordan.
Mrs. Rhoder is very active in Christian education on the local, state and national level. Besides being a Sunday school teacher, she's a State Missionary for the Missionary Baptist Convention of Texas, and an instructor in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Workers/National Baptist Convention of America Incorporated.
She's also an active worker in the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Crockett, where Rev. Ralph P. Taylor is the pastor.
Mrs. Rhoder's many contributions have been highlighted by her oratory ability which has carried her into more than 20 different states in the United States and more than 100 churches.
Because of her dynamic spirit and compassionate service to her community, Mrs. Rhoder was chosen to represent Houston County as parade marshal during the parade held on Fri., July 4, in Crockett.