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Thomas Edward Roddy

14 September, 194025 December, 2020
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Thomas Edward Roddy, 80, passed away on December 25, 2020. He was born on September 14, 1940 in Kernersville., NC to the late Claude Roddy, Sr. and Marybelle Caroon Roddy. Tommy, to those who knew him best, was loved by everyone he met. Always athletic, he loved to play sports, but most of all, he loved snow skiing and teaching others how to ski. He continued to ski into his 70’s. He was a Respiratory Therapist for 49 years. Soon after graduating from Inhalation Therapy school in Winston Salem in 1969, he was asked to help establish the first Inhalation Therapy Dept. at High Point Memorial Hospital. He headed that department until leaving in the early 1980’s to open High Point Medical Supply. After selling his business in the mid 90’s, he continued his Respiratory Therapy career until retiring in 2018. Tommy will be remembered most for his love for his girls (Amy and Sara), his generosity, contagious smile and silly sense of humor.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jane Russell Roddy; second wife, Jackie Duehning Roddy; Sisters, Jerry Roddy Blake and Bonnie Roddy Daniel; Brothers Buddy, Mike and Leslie. Thomas is survived by his daughters, Amy Meinecke (Terry) and Sara Smith (fiancé Eric Ashley); grandchildren, Kylor Meinecke and Caitlin Meinecke (Hope), Shelby James (Trevor) and Terry Crawford III; great grandchild, Ava James; sister-in-law, Carolyn Beeson Roddy; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Thomas’s name to Hospice of Greensboro and Crisis Control Ministries of Kernersville.

A celebration of life for Thomas will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at 2:00pm at Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point; Pastor Mark Reed of Rosemont Baptist Church of Winston-Salem officiating. Family will receive friends after the conclusion of the service.

  • FAMILY

  • Claude Roddy Sr. & Marybelle Caroon Roddy, Parents (deceased)
  • Jane Russell Roddy, First Wife (deceased)
  • Jackie Duehning Roddy, Second Wife (deceased)
  • Amy Meinecke & husband Terry, Daughter
  • Sara Smith & fiance Eric Ashley, Daughter
  • Kylor Meinecke, Grandchild
  • Caitlin Meinecke & Hope, Grandchild
  • Shelby James & husband Trevor, Grandchild
  • Terry Crawford III, Grandchild
  • Ava James, Great Grandchild
  • Jerry Roddy Blake, Sister (deceased)
  • Bonnie Roddy Daniel, Sister (deceased)
  • Buddy Roddy, Brother (deceased)
  • Leslie Roddy, Brother (deceased)
  • Mike Roddy, Brother (deceased)
  • Carolyn Beeson Roddy, Sister-in-law
  • Mr. Roddy is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of Greensboro
  • Crisis Control Ministries of Kernersville

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, 2 January , 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, 2 January , 2021

Memories

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Jennifer Kilgore Boney

January 5, 2021

Saying a prayer for Tom’s family. A good, compassionate man. Grateful to have been able to work with him at High Point.

Dee Roddy

January 3, 2021

I will miss him.

Heather Frost

January 2, 2021

I loved Uncle Tommy so much. When I think of him, the first word that comes to mind is FUN. Uncle Tommy loved to have fun and loved to share his fun adventures with others. I’ll never forget those wonderful ski trips we took with him to Sugar Mountain. He actually taught me how to ski.

The second word that comes to mind to best describe Uncle Tommy is generous. He loved giving to and doing for others. Baking delicious desserts for others “just because”, even though he wasn’t a big dessert lover himself, was one of his many acts of kindness.

Uncle Tommy raised two wonderful daughters that I know he was so proud of. Amy and Sarah, he taught you girls well and I see so much of him in you. His legacy will live own through your beautiful giving and loving hearts. I’m so proud to call you my cousins.

I could fill pages of wonderful memories I have, but for now I’ll just say I’m sad Uncle Tommy isn’t here with us anymore. I take comfort in knowing he’s no longer in pain and is resting in the arms of his Savior.

You made a difference in my life and I will never forget you Uncle Tommy.

Much love,
your niece Heather Frost

Kathryn Snow

January 1, 2021

I was so sorry to hear that Uncle Tommy passed away. I wish we could be there to honor your dad along with you. He was a great man. We want you to know we’re with you in spirit—now and in the days and weeks ahead.

Dan McMullan

December 31, 2020

Dear Tom,
How much fun it was to work with you on Nights the last 6 years of my career. Your sense of humor, of humility, and of honor were second to none. You enriched my life, as well as those around you at "The Regional". Marian & I will wait 'til 5:00, then offer a toast to a life well lived: MISTER Tom Roddy!

Robert Rostand

December 31, 2020

When I came to High Point as a specialist in Pulmonary Medicine in 1978, I worked closely with Tom in setting up the pulmonary function lab and managing the Respiratory Therapy Department at then HIgh Point Regional Hospital. He was a great guy to work with.

Janet Beasley

December 30, 2020

I worked with Tom at High Point Memorial for years starting in 1970 when my career started. He was always professional and knowledgeable and fun to work with. Prayers and sympathy to his family. Another great professional gone to heaven.

Anthony Reaves

December 30, 2020

Tom reinforced certain principles of giving of yourself and your material possessions. Grateful to have known and worked with Mr. Tom Roddy. Shed this feeble body and raise in power.

Theresa (Teri) Fryar

December 30, 2020

I will always remember Tom from my ICU days at HPRH. I was a young gun nurse back then and he was always so kind and funny! I am so sorry for your loss, prayers lifted for peace, strength and comfort! Tom Roddy, you were definitely one of a kind! Rest in sweet peace!

Colleen Danson

December 29, 2020

Oh, Mr. Tom, you were just the best. Funny, loving, kind and always trying to find ways to make others feel appreciated. It is indeed fitting that you would earn your wings on Christmas day, given the fact that you found time to offer a sweet gift to each of us underneath that pitiful little RT tree in the department. Your appearances in the middle of the night to bring doughnuts and other fresh baked goodies, visiting when you'd had a little nip of something to drink, were always an opportunity to see the real Tom and the kindness he offered to many. Thanks for sharing your heart with many, Tom. You will be missed!

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