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Funeral plans announced for fallen Bell County Deputy

Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 14:58:49-04

BELTON, TX —

Funeral services for fallen Bell County Sheriff's Deputy John Rhoden have been announced.

The Bell County Sheriff's Department says at 1:00 P.M. today, Deputy John Rhoden will be escorted from Centex Mortuary Services on South 30th Street in Temple to Dossman Funeral Home on North Main Street in Belton.

This will be a full police escort, led by members of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by local law enforcement agencies.

The route taken will include Loop 363 in Temple from 5th. Street, Southbound I.H. 35 from Loop 363 into the City of Belton.

The escort will then proceed west on 6th. Street in Belton, to Main Street, where it will then proceed North on Main Street to Dossman Funeral Home.

"If anyone would like to show their support and pay their respect to Deputy Rhoden along this escort route, I would ask that you do so in a safe manner and to not impede the movement of the escort or create a traffic hazard," Lieutenant Bob Reinhard said.

Visitation will be open to the public between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Thursday April 30 at Dossman Funeral home on North Main Street in Belton.

"Please be prepared for long lines as we anticipate many people wanting to come and pay their respects under a controlled access due to social distancing and occupancy guidelines." Reinhard said.

At 2:00 P.M. Friday May 1 there will be a private service for only the family.

This service will take place at Dossman Funeral Home on North Main in Belton and will be live streamed by the United States Honor Flag Honor Network.

Immediately following the private service, Deputy John Rhoden will then be escorted from Dossman Funeral Home in Belton to the Lampasas City Cemetery in Lampasas, Texas where he will receive full Police Honors.

The route taken from Dossman Funeral Home to Lampasas City Cemetery will be North Main Street in Belton to Lake Road.

The escort will then proceed west on Lake Road to Loop 121. South on Loop 121 to I.H. 14 (US 190), then west to Lampasas.

"If anyone would like to show their support and pay their respect to Deputy Rhoden along this escort route, I would ask that you do so in a safe manner and to not impede the movement of the escort or create a traffic hazard," the statement said. "Due to social distancing guidelines and the size of this small City Cemetery, we are asking that only the family, close friends of the family and John’s law enforcement family stay for the burial service."