Rodney Markley

December 23, 1955 - February 14, 2019


Rodney Lee Markley passed away on February 14, 2019. He was born on December 23, 1955 to parents Betty and Roger Markley. He was the youngest of three children. His mother, his brother Jeff, and his sister Patrice passed away in recent years. He is survived by his son, Evan Markley; his uncle, Ferd Markley (wife Jo Champion) of Toledo, Ohio; his uncle, Jack Sheffer (wife Jean) of Little Rock, Arkansas; and ex-wife, Cindy Steele.

He grew up in Portland, Indiana and moved to Nashville with his family at the age of eighteen. The Markleys managed the Wabash Apartments (now Creekside) for many years.

Rodney played men's adult/church league basketball for 35 years until he was too heavy to run up and down the court. He enjoyed watching his son play sports from elementary school years through high school. He also enjoyed playing poker or euchre with friends. You could often see him helping out at the History Center parking lot.

Possessions weren't important to Rod-just family and friends. He didn't like to talk much, but he could make you smile with his humor. He had a big heart and struggled a long time with addiction and grief.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.

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I'll miss you Hot Rod!! Gone too easy my friend.