Carolyn A. Colson Roddy



Carolyn A. Colson Roddy, age 79. Sunrise May 29, 1936 and Sunset September 1, 2015. Carolyn worked at The State of Ohio Attorney Generals Office, U.S. Postal Service and Columbus Weatherhead. She was a member of Apostolic Faith Temple where she served as a Trustee, Usher, Sunday School Secretary, Building Fund Promoter and Coordinator of the church calendar. She was known as The Southfield Mom and was a member of Marion Franklin Civic Association. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Beulah M. Williams Colson, husband Ernest Roddy Sr. and brother Gary Colson. Left to cherish her memory, children Kim Roddy, Ernest Norman “Rocky” (Vivian) Roddy Jr., Joy (Terry) Cornett, Eric Roddy, Dina Roddy, Carl Monty (Christine) Roddy, William Seward and Todd A. (Monikia) Roddy, stepmother Marian Colson, special sister Marta J. (Bishop Nathaniel) Jordan, brothers in law Vernon (Betty Jo) Roddy and Kenneth (Elaine) Roddy, sister in law Jackie Colson, special friends Susie Kemp and Alice Young, 25 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation 6-9pm Friday September 11, 2015 and 9:00am until start of service at 9:30am Saturday September 12, 2015 at New Birth Christian Ministries 3475 Refugee Rd. Interment to follow at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Shirleen R. Anderson

    I express my gratitude to God and the Roddy family for having the honor to meet and spend time with Mrs. Roddy! She is truly a testament of the old African proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

  2. Sandy Williamson

    Monty and Chris, so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful Mother. Praying God blesses you with his love and comfort during your sorrow.

  3. Shirleen R. Anderson

    I express my gratitude to God and the Roddy Family for being honored to meet and spend time with Mrs. Roddy!

    She is a testament to the old African proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

  4. Denise Davis (formerly Roddy)

    Words cannot express the deep sorrow I feel over the loss of “Mamaw” Roddy. Her and Papaw were my in-laws for over 15 years. From the moment I met them as a 17 year old newly dating their son Eric, they warmly welcomed me into the Roddy family–even though I wasn’t anywhere near being an ‘official’ Roddy at that time. The story is too long to tell of how I came to love, respect, and appreciate Mamaw and Papaw over the years. Long after Eric and I divorced, Mamaw (and Papaw) continued to show me nothing but love and kindness every time we saw each other. They were both WONDERFUL grandparents to our children, Erica, Evan and Eleia. She was one of the ‘old school’ grandmothers who had and would use the “chocolate booty spoon” (a small wooden baking stir spoon) for anyone who ‘acted up.’ But as the grandkids got older, they always knew the spoon was more for show than anything and it became a symbol of Mamaw’s deep and abiding love for each and every one of her grandchildren. To this day, they still laugh about the chocolate booty spoon and I’m sure the great grands knew all about it too! With so many other grandchildren, I was always deeply amazed and touched that Mamaw and Papaw had a way of just showing up and being present at practically everyone’s events—from elementary school all the way to many eventual college graduations. I never knew how they managed to have a life of their own because they were always so busy making time for their large herd of grandchildren and hosting other family oriented events.

    I truly loved Mr. and Mrs. Roddy…and over the years, I grew to love them even more. In fact, Mamaw was one of the first calls I made when I suddenly lost my own beloved mother in 2008. Without hesitation, she and Papaw let me know they would be there and that they were praying for me and my family. They showed up at the homegoing celebration, stayed for the repast, went to my sister’s house afterwards, and basically just provided a comforting presence in what was one of THE MOST difficult times of my life. I can only hope I did my best to let them know back then and several times since then how profoundly that loving act of kindness touched my heart. I could go on with other loving memories and happy stories about both Papaw and Mamaw Roddy because they were just that kind of a “power couple” who always had room in their hearts, in their home and at the dinner table for so many people on ANY given day! They were such a giving force in Southfield that if a flag could fly at half staff in that neighborhood, the passing of these two great people would warrant that kind of honor! Suffice it to say that the Roddy Family has lost a sho nuff for real “Matriarch” and all of us who knew and loved her, have lost a special Mom too. I just feel blessed to have known both Mr. and Mrs. Roddy and will forever be grateful that my children were exceedingly and abundantly blessed to have them as grandparents.

    May God comfort and strengthen your hearts with peace both now and in the long, long days to come. Only He can help each of you learn how to navigate in life as you live in this world with such a HUGE hole in your hearts at having lost two of the best parents you could have ever been given. I love the whole Roddy Family and am praying for you.

    Denise aka Nesie

  5. Grief never ends but it changes.It’s a passage not a place to stay.Grief is not a sign of weakness,nor a lack of faith.It is the price of love. Memories of her will always remain .

  6. Jeannie (Pruitt) Ransom

    Kim, Dina, Todd and Roddy family I was so hurt to read of the passing of your mother. God bless you all and Kim keep the family strong and together as your parents did. I Love Y’all.

  7. To the family of Carolyn A. Colson Roddy, please allow me to offer my belated condolences. While, I didn’t have the honor of meeting Mother Roddy, I did meet several of her adult children. More specifically the ones who were members of New Covenant Believers’ Church. I also had the privilege of meeting her son, Eric who retired recently from the Ohio Department of Health. Eric often spoke very highly of his mother, and family. I can tell by my interactions with Mrs. Roddy’s children that she was a God-fearing and virtuous woman (Proverbs 31). I’m sure her spiritual finger print will be forever on the lives of all she touched. To God be the Glory!!

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