Edgardo Rodriguez (BRUNSON, S.C.)

BRUNSON, S.C. - Chief Instructor Edgardo Rodriguez, Unites States Army Ranger Airborne (Ret), affectionately known by many as "Ed", age 59, of 300 Railroad Avenue, Brunson, entered into eternal rest Saturday, December 19, 2009 at his residence, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 2 pm, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Varnville-Hampton Chapel. Interment with full military honors will follow in Hampton Cemetery. Mr. Rodriguez was born May 9, 1950 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and was a son of Lydia Velez Rodriguez and the late Gregory Rodriguez. He served his country faithfully in the Unites States Army Special Forces, having served in Vietnam, Granada, Panama and the Old Guard. During his enlistment he was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient; and received numerous other medal and commendations. At the time of his retirement, he was a Drill Instructor and had achieved the distinguished rank of Chief Instructor Basic Rifle Marksmanship. He attended Brunson Baptist Church. Ed was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially golfing. He was also a member of the APA (American Pool Players Association). He will be remembered as someone who was very generous and enjoyed life to the fullest; but more importantly as someone who loved his family dearly. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Ed also enjoyed translating for the courts and doctor's offices whenever they needed him. He also taught the English language to anyone wanting to learn. Surviving are: his wife, Patricia Ann Sheffield Rodriguez of Brunson; mother, Lydia Velez Rodriguez of Brunson; children, Donna Mixon and her husband Chip of Varnville, Derryl Godbee of Varnville, Nick Rodriguez of Columbia, Crystal Rivers and her husband Kevin of Brunson, Ily Benick and her husband Brad of Columbia, Joshua Rodriguez of Pensacola, FL and Jonothan Rodriguez of Frederick, Maryland; grandchildren, Casey and Dylan Mixon of Varnville, Ansleigh Godbee of Varnville, and John and Wiley Rivers of Brunson; and sister, Carmen A. Davilla of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Although words are not enough, the family would like to express their sincerest thanks to Agape Hospice, his caregivers- Mary, Haley, Deloris, Don and Dr. Vega; members of Brunson Baptist Church, their friends and the community for the love and support they have given them during this time. For those that wish, memorial messages and thoughts may be sent to the family at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com . Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to: Agape Hospice, 433 First Avenue, Ridgeland, SC 29936. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 6 until 8 pm at The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Varnville-Hampton Chapel, 1074 Yemassee Highway, Varnville. 803.943.5016. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-December 21, 2009