OBITUARY

Tommy Norris Roderick

December 17, 1951December 3, 2018

Tommy Norris Roderick went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 3, 2018. He was born, December 17, 1951 in Brownwood, Texas. Services for Tommy will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Davis Morris Funeral Home, Friday, December 7, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday, December 6 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. He is survived by Sara Rideout, her children, Ruth, Mark and Luke along with grandchildren, Nevaeh, EJ and Stetson. They were a special part of his life and he was very loved and will be missed by each one of them. Also surviving Tommy are numerous Godchildren and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Veach and Slim Roderick. Tommy was an outstanding athlete at Brownwood High School. He attained numerous athletic awards including All-State football honors. Following graduation, he continued his football career at Texas A&M University as a Fightin’ Texas Aggie and remained a zealous Aggie all his life. After football, he became an excellent slow pitch softball player who played in tournaments throughout the state. It was his athletic endeavors that molded Tommy into the person we knew and loved. To say Tommy was a team player is an understatement. He never forgot the ability to work together to accomplish a common goal. He exemplified this in his professional life by being the first person to volunteer for an assignment, first person to complete a task the right way and the diligence to come early, stay late and be the last one to leave. Tommy was a loving friend to countless individuals he encountered along his life journey. He was kind, gentle and compassionate. He was intentional and engaging with his personal relationships, providing whatever measures needed to support or come to the aid in times of joy or sorrow. He would always be there with those lumbering tree trunk arms and rough hands providing the needed hugs and love that made the difference. Tommy was the kind of person you never needed to “catch-up” with. It did not matter if it had been one hour or one year since his last contact. He would place you at ease after the first couple of sentences and make you believe you had just talked to him five minutes ago. He loved to reminisce and was a great story wordsmith, who at times, would repeat these stories but if you loved him, you grew to love the repetition! Tommy Norris Roderick aka “The Big Man” was a caring man who will never be forgotten by family and friends. The true nature of a person is what they leave behind. In Tommy’s case, he left behind for us the true understanding of compassion for his fellow man, love with a caring heart and finally unconditional support. Tommy is now with his loving parents, family, and friends who left before him, but will never leave our hearts and memories.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by Sara Rideout, her children, Ruth, Mark and Luke along with grandchildren, Nevaeh, EJ and Stetson. They were a special part of his life and he was very loved and will be missed by each one of them. Also surviving Tommy are numerous Godchildren and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Veach and Slim Roderick.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tim Manley, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Blagg, Active Pallbearer
  • James Ray Williams, Active Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Carmichael, Active Pallbearer
  • Rick Evans, Active Pallbearer
  • Kurt Newton, Active Pallbearer
  • Stedson Lloyd, Active Pallbearer
  • Randy Landcaster, Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Childs, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jay Timmons, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Tommy Norris Roderick

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Judy Muehlbrad Adams

December 7, 2018

I will always remember going to Central United Methodist Church with you and so many others. Sunday school, MYF, church. Many other memories watching all of you play football. From your obituary you continued your life with Christ as I new you. And from all of us even though , I have not seen you since then I am sure you will be missed greatly.

Al Cooper

December 6, 2018

Rest easy my Brother. Tommy and I roomed together at TAMU and shared many a good time. He is joining his parents in a better place. You will be missed my Brother. The world has lost a good, good man.

Brad Sargent

December 6, 2018

Tommy Roderick was my uncle for the majority of the 80s. I was a kid then and having Tommy as my uncle during my childhood was great. He made our family trips to Brownwood, TX fun and special. I remember (reminded by my Mom and Aunt) when Tommy bought a new Chevy Blazer. It was really cool. The first time I rode in it, I got car sick and threw up inside it. For some reason he didn't keep that Blazer for very long? Tommy always had a good story to tell. I think that is what made him so much fun to be around. During the 80s we got a lot of Miller Lite merchandise. Mainly becuase at that time Tommy had one of the most noble jobs a person could have. He was a Beer Distributer! I think most men at that time must have envied him. I thought that was a cool job to have.
I missed having him as my uncle. The last time I saw him was at my father's memorial in 2001. I was happy to see him then and grateful that he was present for that event. I wish I could be there for his friends to say good-bye and to celebrate his life. Rest in Peace.


Kevin Smith

December 6, 2018

Dear Family and Friends,

Tommy and I went to A&M together, played football for the Aggies, and were roommates for a while. I am shocked and saddened by his passing, too young. He truly was a gentle man and as kind a person as I ever met. I will cherish the memories of our time together. Life separated us, but we rediscovered each other on Facebook. Blessings, prayers, and thoughts to all who knew and loved him. Tommy was good guy....

Kevin Smith

FROM THE FAMILY