March 10, 1929 – June 23, 2019
Gonzalo Rodriguez, 90, beloved husband of Emma Rodriguez, entered into rest on June. 23, 2019. Survived by children, Maria Stidham (Frank), Norma Smith, Eric Rodriguez, Danny Rodriguez, Frank Rodriguez, Arnie Rodriguez, Marlo Collins (Steve). Grandchildren are Nicholas, Lindsey, Norah, Joshua, John Stephen, Sara, Jesse, Dylan, Emilio, Elise and Seth along with many great grand children. Our Dad served 26 years of active duty in the Army with two tours in Vietnam. During this time, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Expert Badge Grenade, Expert Badge Bayonet, Expert Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with/ One Civil Service Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross for Gallantry with Bronze Star, Vietnam Honor Medal Second Class, Jungle Expert, US Silver Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, US Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired as a First Sergeant E-8. While serving in Vietnam, our Dad was a mentor to all of his men ensuring them to "Have No Fear, Rodriguez is Here". After retiring, supporting his sons, he was a Boy Scout Counselor volunteer. He worked for TTI for many years and attended Augusta Technical School for Mechanics and then he spent 25 joyful and happy years selling and buying treasures at the South Augusta Flea Market. Our Dad was full of love and concern for his family. He loved to cook and loved to have his family all around him. He appreciated plants, flowers, fruit trees and making the birds sing. He always made sure to end our time together with " I love you with all of my heart". Our Dad was a great man. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening June. 27, 2019 from 6 pm until 8 pm at Elliott Sons Funeral Home on Columbia Road. Funeral services will be held 11 am, Friday June. 28, 2019 at The Sanctuary Church with the Pastor Harold Jones officiating.
- Visitation Thursday, June 27, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, June 28, 2019
July 7, 2019
To the Rodriguez Family, On behalf of the Department of Georgia Disabled American Veterans (DAV), please accept our heartfelt sympathies on your loss of Gonzalo. Words are never adequate in moments like these. You are in our prayers during this difficult time. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Always remember the joyous memories of the times you shared with Gonzalo. May these memories give you comfort for Gonzalo's life was rich because of you. May God's grace comfort and strengthen you. The Department of Georgia DAV thanks Gonzalo for his service to our Nation. "Rest in Peace "Comrade-in-Arms Gonzalo Rodriguez". Albert Boudy, Chaplain, Department of Georgia DAV
June 26, 2019
My memories of this wonderful man, husband and father go back as far as I can remember. We were neighbors for 50 years. I was 5 years old when this family moved in next door to us. He and my dad both serving in the army and both going to war. Mom and Emma holding down the household while they were away. Through the years we have watched our families change and grow. Through good times and bad our relationship stayed strong and loving.
Emma, Maria, Norma, Eric , Danny, Frankie Arnie and Marlo my prayers of strength and comfort are with you. Your hero is at peace, filled with joy only our Heavenly Father has to offer.
I love you all
Carol Rhoades Filyaw
June 25, 2019
Rest in peace Mr. Rodriguez. You and Mrs. Rodriguez were my second parents while Maria and I were growing up. Thank you for sharing yourself and your wonderful family with me. I will always remember your smile and your kind spirit.
One of my favorite memories is when our dads had to talk to each other before they let me and Maria go on a double date to the fair.
Hugs and love to everyone.
June 24, 2019
What a blessing he was in my life...I will miss him greatly but especially our early morning rides to Evans. I'm so greatful that he is in heaven and doesn't have to go through being sick anymore. But my earthly heart is hurt for myself and all of his wonderful children and his lovely wife. I'm so proud to have gotten the opportunity to know him and care for him during our rides. Please know that my heart is with you as you face this. You,his children,were his pride and I could easily see how much you loved him in the way you took care of him. Love to all of you. Leslie...Capital City