Rodney Vernell Shaw was the youngest of two children born to Sharon Saffold and Norman Shaw, Sr. on March 7, 1982, in Sacramento, CA. Rodney attended Fairbank Elementary School, Rio Tierra Junior High School, and he graduated from Grant High School in 2000. He also played on the Grant Pacer football team.
In addition to sports, Rodney loved fishing, a hobby he shared with his nephews and cousins, and working on cars. He also knew his way around a BBQ pit. These and other skills were developed and nurtured by his community dads, including Robert (Bubba) Plowden, Jr., Darrell Plowden, Lawrence Anderson, and Chuck Brown.
Rodney was affectionately referred to as “Tree” by his friends because of his 6’7” frame and he was sturdy as a redwood tree. He was a gentle giant, who was always happy to help others. No matter the task (painting, moving, carpentry, car repairs, in-home care for seniors, etc.), you could always count on Rodney to lend a helping hand.
Rodney loved his family. He and his girlfriend Brigetta were blessed with a precious, active son, Zakariya, four years ago. Rodney valued being a father to his son and bonus daughters Zi’lyn, and Za’nyla. And he shared a special bond with his mother Sharon and sister Chondra. He also enjoyed spending holidays with his grandma Saffold, aunties and cousins.
People were drawn to Rodney because of his good nature and sense of humor. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh. His smile would light up the room.
Rodney was a dependable and hard worker. In addition to repairing cars, he held several positions with various employers. He was currently employed at Bob Glass Company as a window installer and formerly employed at Trion Solutions as a hazmat technician.
Being reared by a faithful and praying mother, Rodney knew the importance of having a relationship with God. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior three years ago. He never shied away from talking with others about God.
Rodney departed this life on March 26, 2020. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his father Norman Shaw, Sr., grandparents Amos Saffold, Sr., Vernell Shaw, Sr., and Ella Mae Shaw.
Rodney leaves to cherish his loving memory: his beloved mother Sharon Saffold; sister Chondra Shaw; brother Norman Shaw, Jr.; girlfriend Brigetta Calhoun; children Zakariya, Zi’lyn, and Za’nyla; nephew and nieces Kaylon, Jaylon, Calvin, Messiah, Normonie, Lanea, Norman, and Londae; aunts Jeanette Hale, Karen Blount (Darrel), Valencia Saffold, and Donna Shaw; uncles Amos Saffold, Jr., and Robert Rucker; cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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