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Carl G Rhodenizer

March 13, 1932 — July 26, 2022


Carl G. Rhodenizer, Sr., 90, of Forest Park, passed away on July 26, 2022. He was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia; the son of a sharecropper. Following his high school graduation, he was employed by the Lexington Virginia Police Department as a dispatcher. About two years later, he travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Tennessee School of Broadcasting. While in Nashville, he met Hank Williams, and his wife, Audrey, at their clothing store near the Ryman Auditorium. When he returned to Lexington, he was employed as an announcer at WREL, where he remained until drafted into the military service. he took his basic training at Aberdeen. Proving ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. After Basic Training he was transferred to the Atlanta General Depot, now Ft. Gillem, in Forest Park, Georgia. After leaving military service in 1954, he began a banking career in Atlanta rising to Sr. Vice President and Regional Manager. He retired from banking in 1995 completing 41 years of service. During my entire banking career, he was active in civic affairs in Metro Atlanta.
He married Doris, his high school sweetheart since 1952. They had two children, four grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He and Doris were members of the Forest Park Christian Church where he served as an elder and teacher. They have been members of that church for 52 years and have assisted in establishing churches in surrounding cities such as Riverdale, Jonesboro, Atlanta, Savannah, Collier Heights, McDonough, Stockbridge and Lavonia. Carl was past chairman of the Evangelizing Association of Ga.
Carl’s education includes:
1951: Effinger High School, Lexington, Va ; Diploma
1961: Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Bachelor of Law Degree
1965: School of Retail Banking, University of Virginia; Diploma, Recognized for the Outstanding Thesis and lifetime member of the Alumni Association
1969: American Management Associaton; AMA Management Course
1994: Fanning Leadership Center, University Of Georgia; Atlanta Project Community Leadership Development Program
He was very involved in his community; lending support to the Clayton County Community Services Authority, Board Member and Past Chairman
Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Lifetime Member, Committee Chairman and former President (two terms), Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Past Director, Clayton State University, Member of Foundation Board, Clayton County Board of Education Advisory Board Member,
Georgia Rail Passenger Authority, Chairman, Clayton County Performing Center, Organizing Chairman, Clayton Clean and Beautiful, Organizing Member, Board of Directors, Clayton County Homeless Task Force, Director, American Heart Association, Past Director, American Cancer Society, Past Director, Greater Atlanta Credit Counseling Service, Past Chairman, YMCA Of Metro Atlanta, Past Director, Boys Club of Atlanta, Past Director
Arts Clayton, Founding Director, Winston Salem Bible College, Past Director, Christian City, Past Director Rainbow House, Founding Director
Salvation Army, Clayton County, Past Director, Clayton County Heritage Association, Founding Director Emory University School of Business, Conference Board and community fundraising which included Spivey Hall, Fundraising Chairman and worked with Ms. Emily Spivey and Dr. Harry Downs to build Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University, United Negro College Fund, former member of fundraising committee,
Rainbow House, building fund Chairman, and United Way.
He received recognition for the American Bankers Association, Award for enhancing the image of banking United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Service Citation Atlanta Project, Public Service Award presented by President Carter National Society of Fund Raisers for Non Profit Organizations, Service Award, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award, Annual Carl Rhodenizer Community Service Award created by Clayton County Chamber & Georgia Power, 4 H Club of Metro Atlanta Service Award, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Outstanding Public Service Award
Christian Counsel of Metro Atlanta, Volunteer Service Award Clayton County Community Services, Certificate of Appreciation
WSBeaver Award, WSB Radio, Liberty Bell Award, Clayton County Bar Association Award, "For His Exelleno/' by Governor Zell Miller
Young Men's Christian Association of Metro Atlanta, Award for "Outstanding Leadership and Volunteer of the Year"
Leadership Award for Funding of the Georgia Regional Transportation, presented by the Clayton County Business Association Award, Administration, Faculty and Staff of Fountain High School and Clayton County for Cooperation, Spirit, Courageous Leadership and genuine interest in people, and commitment of Excellence in the County Award for Outstanding Service in 2001 as Chair of the Service and Air Transportation Committee Award for Advocacy, 2003 Achievement Award for support and leadership and relocating the Georgia Archives facility from Atlanta to Morrow Citation Award for Outstanding Service and Consumer Counseling Service of Metro Atlanta, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressional Representative Mac Collins, Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership in Funding for Clayton County's Bus Service, received from Governor Roy Barnes, Special Recognition from Clayton County Leadership in the building and dedication of the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, located in Rex, Georgia. The dedication ceremony was chaired by his good friend, Truitt Cathy, who presented him with his wooden cow now on display in my office. Mr. Cathy told him he had presented only one other and that was to President Bush. Mr. Cathy's signature and date are engraved on the display. He served as Clayton County Commissioner, served 2 four year terms.

In keeping with Mr. Rhodenizer's wishes, no formal services will be held.

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