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Rodney Eugene Gainey

January 2, 1969 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old

Rodney Gainey Obituary

Rodney E. Gainey, born January 2, 1969, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from High School in East Orange, New Jersey and later pursued a career in Medicine as a First Responder Emergency Medical Technician. 

Rodney received a plaque from Clifford J. Scott High School for Departmental Honors for his participation in the High School Band as a Drummer. 

While living in New Jersey, he worked with Youth Football as an Assistant Coach for the East Orange Falcons. He also worked as an EMT on a routine transportation with his partner and a stretcher bound patient, driving on a major highway the engine of his ambulance exploded causing heavy smoke and fire. Rodney not only was able to save the life of his patient but returned to the vehicle and salvaged as much patient care equipment as humanly possible. Because of his bravery he was awarded The Meritorious Service Award for his action and dedication to the preservation of life in the highest standards of his profession. He was certified in Hazmat - Haz worker First Responder. 

While working in North Carolina with Towing Trucking and Repair Company, he started as Dispatcher, later promoted to Supervision, and finally promoted to General Manager. 

He was Baptized in April 1983 at Faith Christion Fellowship of Northeast Jersey and rededicated himself in 2023. 

Rodney was often described by his teachers and co-worker as a well-rounded individual who worked very well with others. He demonstrated behavior that set example for his classmates to follow while in class. 

Children were his passion, and he enjoyed the opportunity to work with them and give them wise and sound counsel. Children loved him and would often call him for advice, and he was more than happy to lead them in the right direction. He was a great cook and loved trying new recipes. Rodney was a beloved father, son, and brother. 

Leaving to cherish his memory: Deja Gainey (daughter), Betty Whitted (mother), Nicholas Whitted (brother) and Exie Mitchell (grandmother). 

Host of Aunts, Uncles, Nephews, Nieces, Cousins and Friends. 


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Celebration of Life
October 18, 2023

11:00 AM
Dove Chapel AME Zion Church
10350 Turnbull Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28312


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