August 5, 1964 ~ May 16, 2014
May 22, 2014 at 7pm
St. John Pentecostal Church
440 LENOX AVENUE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10037
Rodney Smith was the son of Theodore McQueen and Betty Smith of Brooklyn, New York.
Rodney was born on Wednesday, August 5, 1964 and slipped from our presence on May 16, 2014. He was educated in the New York City School System. Rodney was a charismatic and good hearted person. His smile, sense of humor, and love of people was infectious. He loved to make jokes, enjoy a good laugh, and dance. It was hard not to love Rodney. It was easy to love “Russ”, “Smitty”, “M&M” and “Dangerfield” as he was called out of love. His love for his extended family was genuine and in return the DeBerry family loved him dearly.
Growing up in Carnarsie, he became a surrogate big brother to many young people in the neighborhood. His love for the community led him to want to do more for the youth. In and effort to get young people off the streets, he and partner Rodney Askins propelled the Harlem Jets basketball team to success..he later went on the coach teams for NYCHA, Southshore, Rod Strickland, Slam Jam women classics and Wills Tournament to name a few. His proudest moment was when he led the Graham Windham (Harlem Heat) to back to back championships. He was also a flag football coach for James McDouguls Harlem Giants.
Most of all Rodney was a husband, provider, father, grandfather and a great friend to have. He loved his family and wife who he called “Boo” dearly. There was nothing he wouldn't do for her or the family.
Rodney lead a spiritual and courageous fight against cancer. Rodney will be missed by all , to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. Every time you ask him how he is doing, he will say “I’m alright.” And he is alright now.
Rodney leaves to mourn his devoted wife of twenty four years. Linzette (Boobie) DeBerry Smith; three sons: Parish, Rodney Jr., and his baby boy, Zion; mother, Ms. Betty Smith; father, Theodore McQueen; brother, Theodore (Mona) McQueen; sister, Tamecca James; two great aunts: Elizabeth Boyd of Florida and Jeannette Lyons of New York; aunts: Sara Walker of Pennsylvania, Sonya (Paul) Stevens of Virginia, Uncles: Willie Lee Smith of Virginia, Walter (Linda) Smith of Florida and Elliot (Mayuko) Smith of Florida; and Jimmy Smith of Texas, Sisters In Law: Laverne (Carlton) Davis and Nicole Cotton and Brother in law, Otis Cotton; three granddaughters: Brionna, Mya and Brooklyn DeBerry whom he adored, as well as a host of family, relatives, friends and last but not least but not least we cannot forget his beloved dog Nicky who he loved very much.