Tawanna Denise Kent

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Tawanna Denise Kent, was born in Washington, DC, to the late Rev. John and Mamie McFarland, on February 15, 1961. She went home to be with the Lord on September 7 , 2020.

She matriculated through the public school system of Hartsville, SC and attended Hartsville High School. However, she moved to Los Angeles, California and graduated from Crenshaw Senior High School. Tawanna earned an associate degree from South Bay College of Business in Los Angeles, in 1980. Tawanna moved to Columbus Ohio in 1994 and was employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for 25 years.

Tawanna was a member of Judah Christian Community Church, where she served as Assistant Director of Women’s Ministries and the Director of Marketing. She loved interacting and mentoring young women and was always willing to assist and fill in, in various areas, whenever the church needed her help. Tawanna epitomized the Gift of Helps and always served with love and a smile. She was known to go out of her way to buy food for those who did not have it and she was always going somewhere to help someone, often at times when it was not convenient to do so, but she did it anyway because she was determined to meet the needs of people. She even witnessed to others of the love and power of God in the various facilities she was in during her illness. She was a close friend and sister to Min Charlene Free and served faithfully as her armourbearer from 2008 until she passed from death unto life.

Tawanna was blessed to experience a wonderful courtship with her long time friend and “Prince Charming”, Mr. Rodney Charles Kent and they were married on August 3, 2019. Tawanna told Rodney that she wanted to feel like a princess on their wedding day and he did his best to bring her wishes to reality on that day and moving forward. He worked tirelessly as her caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. John and Mamie McFarland, her brother, Mr. Leroy Henderson and her previous husband, Mr. George William Goodine, Sr. and her brother in law, Anthony Kent.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Mr. Rodney Charles Kent, sister, Ms. Betty Mc Farland of Columbus OH, her daughters, Ms. Karima Tyson, of Columbus, OH, Ms. DeLindia Goodine, of Inglewood, California, sons Min. Marcus (Natalie) Sparks of Columbus, OH; Jason (Anna)Kent, Anthony Kent, Jordan Kent, all from Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren Abigail Tyson, Addison Tyson, Jason Kent, Janae Kent ; nieces and nephews: Mrs. Michelle ( Terence ) Thompson, Evan, Andrew, Savannah Thompson and Tearra Brown of Hartsville, SC; Mrs. Chelsea ( Stephon) Lary-Robinson of Summerville, SC; nephew Derrick (Buddy) McFarland, Columbus, OH; godfather, Mr. Willis Davis, brother in law, Hozie Hall, sisters in law: Marcia Kent and Linda Bridges, all of Columbus, OH; special brother and sister, Elder and Mrs. Timothy Morrow and her beloved, Sheba, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

PRIVATE Visitation 10:30 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday, September 21, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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  1. Alessandra Capella

    We have been friends for 35++ years and have made beautiful memories together. I will never ever forget you, Tawanna. You were a true friend, a lovely person living in God’s light and one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.

  2. To Rodney Kent and the family of Tawanna,
    Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Our sincere prayers and condolences to you all at this difficult time.
    Minister Frank & Latoia Burgess

  3. Ms. T- we worked together at JFS. She always had a friendly smile or an encouraging word to share with me and other co workers. She was a real blessing to me. I will miss her so much. We had a love of the Lord and designer purses in common. I am praying for her husband and family during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you all.

  4. Pam and Jan Purdy

    There is never enough time regardless of how long we get to be together. You have been a shining light in my life for many, many years and I love you with all my heart; Jan too! Rest in Peace love!

  5. Tawanna was a bright ray at JFS. You could always count on her for a smile or a laugh. I remember being shocked when I found out she was ill – you could never tell when you met her i the halls. I’ll miss her.

  6. To the Family of Tawanna and To Mr. Rodney Kent

    Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:1
    Tawanna is one of the sweetest people I know. I will miss our talks at work. She is truly loved.
    My condolences to the Family. Stay Encouraged.

  7. To the Family my condolences. I so enjoyed Tawannas sweet smile, our wonderful conversations and her faith. May your faith give you strength. She is greatly loved!

  8. Twanna I will truly miss your beautiful personality, advise and talks about our heavenly father. Rest in heaven my love. Condolences to Mr. kent and the family.

  9. Tawanna…..such a sweet kind hearted person. Always there to lend a helping hand running herself crazy, but always with a smile on her face, no matter what she was facing. She was truly one of a kind and will truly be missed. My heart goes out to her family and her husband Rodney.

  10. Remembering Tawanna… after integration I ended up being the only brown girl in 4th and part 5th grade so lonely… along came California Tawanna such a welcoming… to the family may the comfort of the Father strengthen and keep you in perfect peace as only He can do… at a time such as this… blessings… as she rest in peace…


  11. Charlotte Goins Carter

    I will truly miss Tawanna. She was a devoted wife and a faithful friend. I pray that your love for our Lord and your happy memories of Tawanna will sustain you during this difficult time.

  12. Pam Morris (Jennings)

    Your smile and kind hearted spirit will truly be missed. My prayers and condolences for the family.

  13. Wanda Falls- McEwan

    My dearest sister Tawanna, we have been sister more then 36 years before I married your adopted brother Clifton (Tony) Falls, I did not have a sister and you and Betty accepted me in your lives never changed!! I gain a family and two sisters, I will never forget you my Angel!! God taken you away so soon you did not have time to tell us good bye, but we know you took his assignment, and dash away to help him with his mission and his parish in Heaven , love you always sis, from LaWanda Falls- McEwan and children Shavoca, El’Dwan, and Sabrina, and greats children’s to The Kent and Mc Farland family, our prayers are with you and your family during this time!! God bless you all!!

    • To Rodney and family, I am sorry the loss of this great lady. I will miss running into her and Rodney; I always looked for y’all at events. I got to know her better in 2015, and realize just how special she was. She was truly a gift to all who knew her. She will be missed!

  14. Yvonne (Biddy) Robertson

    To Rodney and Family, sincere condolences on the passing of Tawanna, she was one of the sweetest persons to know and work with at ODJFS. Rodney, I pray that the sweet memories you have with your wife will bring you some comfort and peace. Today and in the days to follow.

  15. Although we hadn’t met yet, I looked forward to meeting you one day. You were married to my Uncle Rodney which made you family!! MANY PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!!

  16. My condolences to Tawanna’s family. I know her from work and she was one of the nicest people I’ve known. She always had a smile on her face. She loved the Lord and it showed. She was dedicated to help anyone she came in contact with, whether through work, her community or her church.

    I got to see first hand the mutual love between Tawanna and her daughter that works at JFS. I know she felt that way about the rest of her family as well. She was so devoted to her husband Rodney and always spoke so highly of him. I was so happy for her. She had found her Prince in a longtime friend.

    Let the warm memories and knowledge that you all were so loved by her bring you comfort and solace at this difficult time. Being blessed with a wonderful loved one like Tawanna makes it hard to let go because you cherish her so much. But realize that she is and will continue to be a blessing in your life because she will always live in your heart and soul.

  17. The Donnerberg’s

    Rodney and family,
    Our hearts are heavy for you.
    Tawanna was a light in this world that will never be put out and we are thankful for her love, friendship and laugh.
    Praying for all of you.

  18. Words can’t express how much you’ll be missed. We shared many laughs, talks, and tears. I thank God for the time that we had together. May you rest in peace. Sending my prayers and condolences to the family.

  19. To the Family:

    I am so sorry for your – loss my heart goes out to you. I worked with Tawanna at UC/OUIO. She was a strong, happy and spiritual person. I have happy memories of her. May the God of all comfort sustain and support you all during this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) along with the prayers, love and support from many others who care.

  20. To The Family of Tawanna and to Mr. Rodney Kent

    My heart is heavy and even now, I will miss all our times together. Rest from your work, until we meet again. Love to the family.

  21. Rest in Peace sweet Tawanna. I will miss our talks and laughter.
    Love to you and your family.

  22. I offer my sincerest condolences to you and your family at the loss of your dear sister. I pray that God will give you comfort and peace in this difficult time. May she Rest in Peace through the mercy of Christ. Amen.

    • Dana Harden-Freeman

      Tawanna, your soft voice and sweet spirit will be greatly missed. Uncle Rodney stay strong, love you always.
      Dana Harden-Freeman

  23. Pastor & Mrs Gerald L. Rice

    Dear Brother Rodney Kent,
    May God continue to hide you and your family in his secret pavilion as your hearts attempt to heal from the loss of your wife, our beloved Sister Tawanna Kent. The Judah Christian Community church family’s hearts are broken, and will never be the same without our dear Tawanna. She not only loved endlessly, but served faithfully. Rest assured that you and your family will remain in our hearts and prayers.

    In His Love and Spirit,

  24. Mrs. Tawanna you will be greatly missed. I loved the positive vibes and positive energy toward life that you bestowed. May you rest in power, love, and light. Heaven gained an angel.

  25. My heart is with each of you during this difficult time. We love you guys and hang in there.

  26. Dear Wana, I missed you yesterday. But now you can shout ‘Hallelujah’. Rockabye ol’ Bat and I’ll see you when I get there. Meet me at the Gate! Trish Geren


  27. Rodney God blessed you, and may He keep you in this Season of Loss. She is a good friend and sister to me. So glad she didn’t suffer alone.

  28. Condolescences to the family and friends. Sorry to hear of the loss of our co-worker. Been a while,
    since I worked in the same building with her. She was a dedicated worker. May our good memories
    help us thru this sad time. God Bless her soul, the family, and friends!

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