Rodney Contee Thomas Palmer
February 6, 2015
Rodney Contee Thomas Palmer was born into this world on March 1 1952, by the late Iris and Russell Palmer. In his teenage years he was known as "Tiny" because of his small build. Years later he was called "Rappa" for his gift of relating to anyone he met. Rodney was the assertive, strong-willed, and independent first child of nine brothers and sisters, Iris Romaine, Russell Carlton Jr., Marlon Antonio, Ian Garfield (deceased), Ira Franklin, Kathleen Marie, Willa Marie, and Eric William.
Because of his big heart and strong personality, Rodney was well known for defending, protecting, and fighting for his brothers and sisters at all costs. And let's not forget… Rodney Palmer could dress! He was sure to be "sharp", even if he was only going to a doctor’s appointment. He would not step foot out of the house without having on the proper attire and being well groomed and do not lose his hair brush, please.
Rodney was educated in the DC Public School System. After high school he joined the Navy and served time during the Vietnam War. Later in life he continued his education at the University of District of Columbia and obtained his Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies. Rodney was outstandingly hardworking and proficient. He received many awards and during his years of employment. His years of work experience included the DC Government and the East Potomac Golf Course. He found his calling at the Hearts and Homes for youth, where he worked diligently over the years to make a positive difference in the lives of young people in Maryland. Rodney also spent years volunteering with Greater Mt. Calvary’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Ministry (CAATDA House).
In 1993, Rodney met his wife and lifelong love and partner, Pamela Marsha Frederick, through mutual friends in Washington, DC. They later married in 1995, and the two were blessed to have shared nearly 20 years of union. He was a great provider and loyal to all those he loved. Rodney was blessed with seven children (Danielle (deceased), Rodney Jr, Marlon, Cornell, Serena, Karah, and Dominique) and eight grandchildren (Kenneth Jr, Jerry, David Jr, Asia, Rowan, Londyn, Omar, and Cornell).
He was truly a man of his word – if he told you he would do something, he did not stop until it was completed. Rodney fought a tremendously commendable fight. Despite of every illness and setback thrown his way, he kept his faith and continued to fight for his life. He leaves us with a sense of pride and strength and courage, reminding us that no matter what we face, with God and family by our side, we can make it through anything.
Late on the evening of Friday, February 6th, Rodney moved from earth to the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Pamela, his children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Rodney may be absent from our lives, but he will remain in our hearts forever. We are the better for God's allowing him to be with us.
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