Lennox Z Rodney
Lennox Zacharias Rodney was born September 6, 1949 in Trinidad, to the late Celestine Gonzales and the late Elsie Rodney. Lennox came to the United States in 1969, and joined the Navy later that year. He completed two tours in Vietnam and served both on the USS SACRAMENTO and the USS WHITE PLAINS. When he retired from the Navy he made his home in Pensacola, Florida where he met and married his wife Debra Benboe in 1980.
While in the Navy, Lennox played the trumpet and organized a band, playing conga and drums. Later he went on to become a popular Disc Jockey, "Sweet Trinidad", sharing his music on military bases and around the Gulf Coast. Lennox became an avid writer of poetry and was also a photography enthusiast, becoming a sought after photographer for weddings and other celebrations. He also enjoyed astrology, gardening and running; winning a 5K Run for his age group on his wedding day.
Lennox never met a stranger and was well known in whatever neighborhood he lived in as the "go to guy", always there to lend a hand, or just to sit and talk. He was the "family organizer", always the one to organize holidays and family activities, even at someone else's house. He loved to travel, loved the beach, and loved amusement parks. He loved his church, always there every Sunday until his health failed.
He attended the University of West Florida and acquired a B.A in 1981. Following his graduation, Lennox and Debra relocated to Boston Massachusetts, where he worked for IBM. Lennox and Debra had three sons Lennox Jr. and Robert from his previous marriage, and Ryan Rodney (deceased).
In 1984 Lennox was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and in 1991 Lennox and Debra decided to move back to Pensacola, Florida. The years preceding were very difficult for Lennox because of his health, but, his wife Debra stood by his side until the Lord called him home.
Lennox leaves to mourn his beloved wife Debra, his sons Lennox Jr. (Carla) and Robert (Kelli), grandchildren, Marcus, Jackson, and Lucian, siblings Claudette Lawrence (Emmanuel) of Boston, Prince Rodney of Boston, Catherine Rodney of Atlanta and Patricia Telesford (Winston) of Boston and a host of family and friends and everyone whose life was undeniably changed by knowing him.
Funeral services will be 1:30 P M, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Joe Morris and Son Funeral Home. Interment will be 11:00 A M, Monday, March 10, 2014 at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station. The family would especially like to thank Catherine and Ronnie Williams, Benita and Brian Crawford, and Patricia Jordan for their dedicated years of loving caregiving. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org/donate,
National MS Society PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163. Donate by Phone 1.800.344.4867.
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