Australia was born on December 30, 1928, to the late Roscoe and Florence Copeland Sweatt. She was married to the late Rodell Rhodes. She was a devoted Christian, who loved the Lord, praying and singing praises until the end. She was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for many years where she served as church clerk, trustee/treasurer, member of usher board and devoted member of the Women’s Missionary. She loved her church and she dedicated her time and money to the upkeep of the church. Australia was a caregiver for many years and also, volunteered at Christ’s Hands. She enjoyed helping other.
Australia was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe Edward and Florence Copeland Sweatt; two brothers, Roscoe Sweatt and Charles Sweatt; two sisters, Christine Hailey and Hazel Mitchell; three sons, Dan, Gary, and Albert; one daughter, Vickie Wagner.
She leaves to cherish her memories four sons, Joe Rhodes, Ray Rhodes, Rodell Rhodes, Jr., and Mike Rhodes and wife, Michelle, all of Harlan, KY; two daughters, Janet Rhodes, Harlan, KY, and Lori Bolton, Arkansas; 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whom she loved dearly.
She also leaves to cherish her memory three special friends, Della Butler, Katherine Childs and Luther Cottrell.
Australia was a blessing and truly a God send to her family, friends and Harlan and will be dearly missed by all.
Visitation will be after 1 pm Saturday, October 27 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services will follow at 3 pm at the church with Pastor Walter Garlington officiating.
Interment will be at Resthaven Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Harlan Funeral Home.