Rodney Allen Presnell, 79, of Asheboro went to be with his Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 28, 2022. He was born in Asheboro, NC on November 1, 1942, to Charles H and Mary Hancock Presnell.
He was a graduate of Asheboro High School and received various technical certificates and licenses throughout his lifetime. He was a US Army veteran having served from 1965-67 in the Vietnam War where he flew and worked on aircraft. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, he started a long career of almost 40 years with Stedman’s/ Sara Lee Knit Products as Maintenance Manager. He even played on Stedman’s softball team and helped coach the women’s softball team for the local industrial league.
He was a proud member of the Randolph County Honor Guard where he felt it was a privilege to be able to provide military honors for other veterans. He also enjoyed the comradery with fellow members of the RCHG.
Rodney was given the nickname of Cowboy as a child which reflected his love for classic westerns. He also loved watching the Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and UNC basketball. He enjoyed playing and watching baseball and NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Sr. He loved to fly and had his pilot license. He could also be seen from time to time panning for gold around the rivers and creeks in Randolph County.
His Christian faith always taught him to be humble and kind and to give without recognition which he quietly practiced often. He had a real big, soft heart for animals and would feed the chipmunks and squirrels at the local track every day. Rodney was hardworking and always had a smile on his face. A good man too humble to ever admit he was worthy of any praise. He was a great father and was always there for his daughter, friends, and family.
In addition to his parents, Rodney was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth Presnell, Johnny Presnell, Freddie Presnell and Phillip Presnell. He was also preceded in death by his faithful companion, Sadie Mae Presnell, his beloved Cocker Spaniel.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Presnell of Asheboro; sister Phyllis “Sissy” Edwards; brother Bryan Presnell and wife, Frankie, all of Asheboro and by sister-in-law, Bernice Presnell of Robbins along with a lot of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and family from 6-8pm Tuesday, May 31 at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave, Asheboro. Funeral services will be held at 11am Wednesday June 1 at West Bend United Methodist Church, 1080 Albemarle Rd, Asheboro followed by burial at New Hope Memorial Gardens in Asheboro.
Memorials may be made to the Randolph County Honor Guard of Asheboro; NC P.O Box 1672 Asheboro, NC 27204.