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Rodney O'Quinn

December 29, 1952 — January 23, 2017

Rodney Elmer O’Quinn, age 64, of Hardy, and formerly Fincastle, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at his residence.  Born December 29, 1952 in Richwood, WV, he was the eldest son of the late Rev. Rufus E. and Helen Marie (Bragg) O’Quinn.

Rodney was a graduate of James River High and studied forestry at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.  He retired from Norfolk Southern as a turnout supervisor after 38 years of service.  A former varsity football player, Rodney loved sports and will be remembered for his years of coaching sandlot teams in the Troutville community.  An avid outdoorsman, Rodney enjoyed all types of fishing and hunting, most especially his elk hunts in Colorado and deer hunts in Highland County.  Rodney was a genuine man and the definition of a family man, always providing and supporting asking little in return.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife and high school sweetheart, Sue (Owen) O’Quinn; most recently his second wife, Norma Ellis; his son, Timothy “Tim” O’Quinn; and brothers, Randy and David O’Quinn.

Surviving family members include his daughters, Tracy O’Quinn and Tonya O’Quinn both of Roanoke; Step children, Michelle Harvey of Vinton, and Niki Hale of Thaxton; grandchildren, Morgan and Ethan O’Quinn, Faira and Ava Horne, as well as Tristan and Owen Terry; special nieces and nephews he considered as children, Rebecca O’Quinn, Leah Paivanas, Nathaniel O’Quinn, J.J. O’Quinn, and Randy O’Quinn all of Botetourt; nephew, D. Luke O’Quinn of Bridgewater; close friends Jimmy and Harry Sponaugle and G.W. Obaugh all of McDowell; numerous great nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren also survive.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Oakey’s East Chapel (Roanoke, VA) with the Rev. Doug Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow in Mill Creek Cemetery.

Active pallbearers include G.W. Obaugh and sons, Bryan and Ben, Jimmy Sponaugle and sons, Michael and Matt, and Harry Sponaugle.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, January 28th at Oakey’s East Chapel.


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