|"Evelyn Deal Rhodes, 96, of Conover, and member of Beth Eden Lutheran Church of Newton, died Aug 14, 2006, after a long and healthy life. Daughter of Harriet L. Deal and Albert L. Deal, she studied English and history at Lenoir-Rhyne College, graduating in 1931. Ms. Rhodes was employed by the Catawba County Library System for nearly 50 years, retiring in 2000 at the age of 90. Evelyn enjoyed a restful retirement, assisted by her children." *Hickory Daily Record, August 16, 2006.|
Rhodes--for any other person that title would
seem to conjure connotations of stuffiness, strictness,
and knowing that formidable person was a librarian,
the sound "Shhhhh!" would also come
to mind. Not so for Mrs. Rhodes; the title creates
a feeling of old southern courtesy and dignity. One thinks of a time long forgotten when
ladies were referred to as Miss or Mrs.
Mrs. Rhodes retired from the Catawba County Public
Library System, and the Genealogy Department,
at age 90, she left behind one of the better
collections in the state of North Carolina. She worked very hard to help each and
every person who entered the "Evelyn Deal
Rhodes Room". The room was named in her honor
in 1994, the year she was named "Catawba
County Employee of the Year."
Her tenacious research skills have helped many people
in, around and transplanted from the Catawba
County area find their ancestors.
current staff of the Genealogy and Local History
Department strives to continue the tradition
of service in a way that Mrs. Evelyn Deal Rhodes
would be proud of.
Rhodes Room web site was created with support from federal Library Service and Technology
Act (LSTA) funds made possible through a
grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, administered by the State Library of
North Carolina, a division of the Department
of Cultural Resources through the North
Carolina ECHO, 'Exploring Cultural Heritage Online' Digitization Grant Program.