Rodney was born December 20, 1954 to James and Eugenia (Holmes) Turner. He was the third of five children. The only boy right in the middle of sister siblings. He attended Vernon Elementary, Northwest Middle School and Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Marines but was honorably discharged due to the beginning of his health issues.
He married Margaret Austin in 1977 and to this union two sons, were born, Adrian and Jai. In later years the marriage was dissolved.
Rodney eventually relocated to Houston, Texas and was initially employed as a Bus Driver for the School District. He left there and went on to drive for Houston Transit “Metro”. While in Houston, he joined the Community of Faith Church under the leadership of Rev. James W. Dixon. Here he enjoyed providing ministry to prison inmates, juveniles and the homeless. He truly loved meeting, socializing, talking and discussing God’s Word with others.
Due to his further deteriorating health, Rodney moved home to Kansas City to be closer to family. He reinstated his membership with Allen Chapel A.M.E under Rev. Stacy Evans, attending bibles studies and assisting with outreach efforts as long as he was able. He gave up his fight on June 8, 2018 and was preceded in death by his father, James Turner; and oldest sister Olevia.
His memory is cherished by his four sons, Adrian; Jai (Tahirah); Anthony (Catherine); and Marcus; one daughter, Monique (Andre); his fourteen grandchildren, Kyadria; Christian; Elijah; Sarai; Zjaimar; Tyson; Jalen; Jaisaiah; Ci-miya; Jamil; Ja’Den; Ty; Michaela; and Jordan; his mother, Eugenia McBride (John) of Kansas City, Missouri; his sisters, Arlisha Dockery; of Kansas City, Kansas; Deitra Hanson (Darren); and Rochelle Donald (Jefferson) both of Kansas City, Missouri; his half-brother, Vincent Turner (Crystal); and his half-sister, Lisa Casey (Keith); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.