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Rodney Allen Spaulding

Rodney Allen Spaulding
  • July 27, 1938 - November 7, 2014
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Pat, I was so saddened to find on the internet today that Rod has died last year. He was such an influential person in my life. I have many...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Richard Indermill - San Diego, CA

“I believe Rod was responsible for the purchase of an old Red Ball moving van which put the Russell family on Long Island months before the Exodus...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Teresa Russell Nystrom - Tucson, AZ

“Rod was always gregarious, warm, and welcoming. He had a way of giving people a strong sense of belonging and made all of us feel like we were 100%...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Cynthia Phagan Bittick - TX

“Dear Pat Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You and Rod were such wonderful neighbors. Please let us know if there is anything...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Myrtle Staples - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Pat and family:I am so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. Heather and I attended the ceremony, which was an overwhelming tribute to Rod's life. As I...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Paul N. McKenzie - Lancaster, SC

“Dear Pat and Family, I am a friend of Rod's from the 1967 Shiloh camp and 1968 New York City Shiloh program. Rod also came to Lubbock, Texas June 6,...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Leigh Anne Thrasher - Tucson, AZ

“Dear Pat and family, I am remembering you today with a sense of great grief and loss. Pat, as I told you, Rodney (I never called him Rod) changed my...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: JudyThomas - Abilene, TX

“Pat and family,I am saddened by the passing of Rod! Long before I read Rick Warren's "A Purpose Driven Life," I met Rodney Spaulding. I felt at...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Juanita Middleton - SC

“On our move to The Exodus Church in 1963, My wife Marian and I were blessed by the faith and humor of a man called by God. I remember in my prersonal...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Wallace Collier - West Islip, NY

“Pat and family, we grieve what might have been and celebrate what was. Rod was always a force of nature and that is a blessing and a curse. Jan...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Robert and Jan Randolph - MA

“There are people in your life who shape who you are, your parents, your spouse, your children. And there are those who are outside of your family....Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Donna Roseberry - Nashville, TN

“I loved Rod very much. I had the fortune of working with Rod in Memphis in my mid 20's in a program that was designed to bring in public high school...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: marty kelman - memphis, TN

“PatMy deepest sympathy to you and your family! Rod was a treasured colleague and friend to me and to so many whose lives he touched. I will always...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Pat Burns Dillard - Greenville, SC

“It is with the deepest gratitude that I will always remember Rod. He came into my life at a time when I needed an angel and an angel was just what...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Malia Legros - Napa, CA

“Our sincere Condolences. You're in our thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 33 | Posted by: Jim & Janey Ewers - Spokane, WA

“Pat, I am thinking of you and your family and holding you close in my heart. Rod was a wonderful mentor and friend to me and a Sunday School teacher...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: martha watson - johns island, SC

“Aunt Pat, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and the family, Phil, Dawn & Carli <3 ”
17 of 33 | Posted by: dawn, phil & Carli - Napoleon, MI

“I worked for/with Rod year-round at Shiloh, 68-70. I say "with" because although Rod was in charge, his demeanor was not that of a supervisor, a...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Alan Garner - Harrisburg, PA

“Pat, we're so very sorry. Rod always put a smile on my face and I just loved sitting in a pew in front of you both at Circular and hearing your...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Carolyn Ferrell - Charleston, SC

Reading some of my poems from the Gazebo to an audience at Oceanside Park on Long Island, NY., 8/12. “Rod had the kind of open-minded spirituality that I have come to admire more than ever. Grounded in Biblical knowledge and religious experience, he...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Charlene Babb Knadle - Dix Hills, NY

“Dear Pat and family, May God bless your family with precious memories and blessed peace. I will never forget our exodus to West Islip, NY so many...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Avanelle Powell - Denver, CO

“Dear Pat and Family, Rod was an amazing and wonderful person, and I am very grateful for the Spaulding family's presence in my life. I have fond...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Danny Mallow - Dallas, TX

“What a great person!!! Rod was one of the ministers in West Islip while I was minister in Stamford, CT. We appreciated Rod and Pat and their...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Jim Pounders - Hendersonville, TN

Jo Ellen Ogle “Rod was so instrumental in the life Bryan and I chose. He was so supportive to us and helped us find our way. He called us the summer of 1968 and...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Jo Ellen Ogle - Frankfort, IN

“Pat - my heart goes out to you and your wonderful family. Rod was such a special person and so well loved. Sorry I can't be there with you. Love,...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Jo Ellen Ogle - Frankfort, IN

“Pat,Condolences to you and your family. May positive memories bring you strength. ”
26 of 33 | Posted by: Teri Siskind

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
27 of 33 | Posted by: Hospice of Charleston Family

“My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of bereavement. ”
28 of 33 | Posted by: Brenda B Randolph - Charleston, SC

“With gratitude for Rod's life and ministries. memories of the halcyon days of Shiloh in the 1960s/1970s, and celebration of the common work in...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Victor L. Huner - WV - Friend

“I never met Rod Spaulding, but about a year or two ago I undertook a project to chronicle the history of Shiloh. I conducted many interviews about...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Jessica Roseberry

“Pat, David and I were a part of West Islip for only one year in the late 1960s but you and Rod made a great impression on me. You actually provided...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Carol Sherwood - Newberg, OR

“Pat, so many memories! Rod was always such a warm and welcoming spirit. His leadership was a true gift to all of us and his friendship will never...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Ann Birdseye - Charleston, SC

“Pat, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rod had a tremendous impact on my professional life. He was a great mentor to me when I was...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Archie Franchini - Charleston, SC

Rodney Allen Spaulding, 76, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Patricia Ann Phagan Spaulding died Friday, November 7, 2014, due to complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. Rod was born on July 27, 1938, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Rollin Taylor and Mattie Viola Spaulding. He met Patricia Phagan at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX, singing in the a cappella chorus, and they married in 1961. They adopted two little girls, Sybil and Sandy, and moved to West Islip, NY in 1963, where he was one of the ministers for the West Islip Church of Christ. He served as Executive Director of Shiloh, a year-round social action program in metropolitan New York City. His other children - Stacy, Scott, and Stephen - were born in NY.

The family moved in 1972 to Memphis, TN, where Rod worked with the Memphis City School District in community and race relations, school integration, and public information. He worked as a consultant with other school districts and organizations throughout the country. In 1983, this work brought him to Charleston, SC, where he lived until his death. Rod worked first as Deputy Superintendent and later as the Public Relations Director with the Charleston County School District and retired in 2005.

After retirement, he served as a member on the Board of East Cooper Community Outreach in Mt. Pleasant. Rod was a member of Circular Congregational Church of Charleston. He loved singing, listening to great music, enjoying fine food and family gatherings, as well as watching sports on television, especially football and baseball.

Rod is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his four children and their families, Sybil Spaulding and Jeff Johnson of Nashville, TN; Stacy, Abdellatif, Hanna, and Zak Attafi of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Scott and Sue Spaulding of Seattle, WA; and Stephen, Melissa, Elizabeth, and Linnea Spaulding of Charleston. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandy Spaulding Watson.

A memorial service celebrating Rod's life will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 20401. A reception will follow. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

The family thanks the memory care providers at Somerby of Mount Pleasant, and especially those in the Gold Wing of Mt. Pleasant Manor.

Donations may be sent in Rod's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ( or Hospice of Charleston, 4975 LaCross Road, Suite 200, North Charleston, SC 29407 (