On April 27, 2023, Rodney lost his battle with cancer, but he won the war by gaining eternal life. Rodney was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, but most of all, a servant of God.
Rodney had many talents and gifts that he would use to glorify his Lord and Savior. He was a servant, a guitarist, a student of the Word, and a facilitator. Before joining Mount Calvary, he was a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon. He was often referred to as “BB King” when he became one serving the Lord with his guitar. Rodney and his wife joined Mount Calvary MBC in 2022 and he became active in the Church, as his health allowed.
He participated in the Men’s Bible study, Men’s Small Group, facilitator, a Deacon-in-training, and the lead guitar player.
Rodney lived Philippians 27:19, Iron sharpening iron, he believed in sharing the Good News and learning from others. He often poured into others encouraging words, giving God the praise when someone “saw the light”.
Rodney departed this life leaving behind his loving wife of 24 years, Julie Boddie-Birdsong, his son, Richard L. Birdsong, mother, Lois Birdsong, maternal sister, Morristine Neal, paternal siblings Felice (Sam) Elmore, Jackie Webster, Michelle Thornton, and Andre (Toni) Thornton, and granddaughter, Nyah L. Birdsong, aunt, Evonne Adams. He has a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that are too numerous to name.
Rodney had many close friends who thought of him as their “brother from another mother”. He was also called “dad” by a lot of younger people, who relied on his words of encouragement and wisdom to assist them with navigating life situations.
Rodney will join his family in heaven, which includes his grandparents, Charles and Anna Birdsong, father- William Thornton, aunts/uncles, other relatives/friends, and his in-laws- Forrest, Sr . and Julia Boddie.
Rodney’s life spoke for itself, he practiced Proverbs 27:19, “as water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart”.
On April 27, 2023, Rodney caught the 8:40 PM train home to glory, I can just imagine hearing our Father say ”well done, my good and faithful servant”.
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