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Retired Florida pastor, Ted Rodda, 89, dies
May 24, 2011
By STAFF

PALATKA (FBW)-Ted A. Rodda, Sr., 89, of died May 20, at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine following an extended illness. He is survived by Lucille Price Rodda of Palatka, his wife of 63 years.

Rodda was the former pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Palatka; the Sopchoppy Southern Baptist Church; Pinetta Baptist Church, and Lake Buffum Baptist Church in Fort Meade. He also served as the associate pastor at Central Baptist Church in Leesburg.

In 1960 Rodda earned a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a 1956 graduate of the Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he earned his bachelor of arts degree. He was a native of Palatka and was a 1939 graduate of Putnam High School (Mellon High School) in Palatka.

Part of a pioneer Putnam County family, the Rodda family first established residence when his grandfather, Ben Rodda, moved to Palatka in the late 1800's. He enjoyed tending to his plants, flowers and animals, including his 51 year old pet turtle, Herbert.

Preceding him in death were his parents, B.A., Sr. and Penelope Rodda; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Nettie Lee Rodda; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Chester Lewis; a grandson Aaron Rodda, and one great grandson, Infant White.

Rodda is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Ted A., Jr. and Donna Rodda of Palatka, and Thomas W. and Kim Rodda of Lake Wales; two daughters, Patrice Rodda of San Francisco, Calif., and Carol Rodda of Gainesville; a brother and sister-in-law; six grandchildren, three great grandsons; many nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Chris Ihm, who was like a daughter and Grady Darden, who was like a son.

A memorial service is May 24 at the Masters Funeral Home, 3015 Crill Ave. Palatka, with Don Aycock, Joe Barrie and Grady Darden officiating. In honor and celebration of Pastor Ted’s life a video tribute will be shown. Burial will follow in the Palatka Memorial Gardens.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Palatka Christian Service Center, 820 Reid St., Palatka. Messages of sympathy may be sent to mastersobit@hotmail.com. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.
 

 


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