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Rodney Bryan Hervey

Obituary for Rodney Bryan Hervey

November 24, 1948 - July 29, 2018
Greenwood | Age 69


Rodney Bryan Hervey "Rod" passed away on July 29, 2018, at the age of 69 years. Rod's sudden passing transpired on the tennis courts of a Southside park, playing a sport he loved and surrounded by beloved friends he loved even more
Rod was born in Cloverdale on November 24, 1948 to Mildred and Sterling Hervey. He graduated from Cloverdale High School in 1966, after leading the Clovers to the Final Four of the Indiana High School Basketball Tournament. He then attended Indiana State University and graduated with a degree in political science. While at ISU, he played basketball and baseball for the university and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.
He married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Carol Hervey, at the age of 20 and had three children: Kelly Brooks, R.B. Hervey, and Mark Hervey. Rod spent the majority of his professional life in the finance and mortgage lending industry. He pushed and inspired individuals to not only reach their potential but always reach beyond their dreams. Never was this on display more than during the 18 years he coached tennis at Greenwood High School. In his retirement years, Rod never stood idle and found great joy in preparing food and catering events for all occasions.

A devoted Husband, loving Father, dedicated Grandfather, his passion for life was paralleled only by his passion for people. He touched the lives of so many, particularly in the Southside community, and will forever be remembered for his kindness and countless acts of selflessness towards others. He and Carol were original members of New Hope Church, where they attended for 32 years. They founded a ministry through New Hope, where they spent countless hours serving underprivileged youth on the Southside of Indianapolis.

Rod was a man of tremendous faith. He never gave up on anyone and he always chose to see the best in people. He derived his greatest strength from his faith in the Lord and the love that his family had for him. Amongst his many gifts were his talent for music and cooking. He could be found every Sunday morning playing the keyboard for New Hope's worship team – including the morning of the day he passed
Rod valued his life not by the material objects this world has to offer but rather by the relationships built with people. His greatest joy in life was derived from seeing and bringing joy to the ones he held dearest. He gave everything he had to those around him, never expecting anything in return. While he departs this earth and joins his maker, Rodney Hervey has unequivocally left this world a better place than he found it.

Rod is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Mark Walter Hervey. He is survived by his Wife, three children, three grandchildren, one great grandchild, and three siblings. A visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at New Hope Church 5307 Fairview Road Greenwood, IN 46142. A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 am Saturday with visitation from 10:00 am to service time.

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