September 21, 2020

Mr. Roderick Echols

Mr. Roderick Lemont Echols passed away Saturday at Piedmont Fayetteville Hospital in Fayetteville, Georgia.

He was born August 1, 1973 to Tommie Echols and the late, Robert Lee Echols in Newnan, Georgia.

 “Rod” confessed his faith and was baptized at an early age at Heard Wesley United Methodist Church in Franklin, Georgia. He attended and graduated from Heard County High School in 1992.

Later, obtaining his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Upon graduation, Rod joined the coaching staff at SCAD, where he coached for over ten years.

He recently reached ten years of service with Target Corporation

Rod received an initial cancer diagnosis (colorectal) in May 2012. During this time, he and his family were invited to have their story broadcast to the world, via a Cancer Treatment Center of America commercial.

As a result, many, many cancer patients and families were inspired and the Team Echols Foundation was born.

With his wife Keisha, Rod formed the non-profit organization to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and caregivers, a legacy that his family will continue on in his name.

Survivors include his wife, Keisha Echols; son, Preston Echols; daughter, Pria Echols; his mother, Tommie (John) McKeever; grandmother, Arizona Thomas Edmondson; sister, Elaina (Terry) Washington; niece, TaNiya Washington; mother-in-law, Barbara (Herman) Miller; father-in-law, Archie (Rosie) Muhammad; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins , dear friends and his beloved Target and CTCA families.

The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point, GA.

Dr. W. T. Edmondson will officiate.

Burial will follow at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park, 656 Roscoe Road, Newnan, Georgia.

The family will be at their home at 110 Winterthru Place, Fayetteville and will receive Family and Friends on Friday from 4-8 at Bethlehem Baptist Church (1111 East 10th St., West Point, GA 31833).

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Team Echols Foundation so we may continue Rod’s legacy of providing support to cancer patients, caregivers, and their families.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home of Lagrange has charge of the arrangements.


  1. Phyllis Wiggins says

    Rod played ball with my son Ben Wiggins for years. He was always a pleasant and respectful person. He will surely be missed and it was an honor to have known him. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  2. Stacie Toney (Denham) says

    I went to school with ya and I remember your infectious smile. Glad to see that you had a happy life after school with family and friends. You was a nice person. Just a simple nice person. Thank you for that. Stacie Toney (Denham)

  3. Karen A. Ryan says

    I was the athletic director/coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design when Rod played and coached for the college. He was a great teammate and mentor while he was at SCAD. I always loved seeing Rod’s smile and grace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  4. Barbara White says

    My heartfelt sympathy goes to the family of the late Roderick Echols.I’m remembering Roderick from my past residency in Franklin,Ga(Centralhatchee).he was always such a positive gentleman,with an infective smile that showed love to everyone he met.He will be missed,however memories of him will live on in the hearts of his many friends and loved ones.May he (R.I.P)Barbara White &Family, ForestPark, Ga

  5. Team Kirkendoll says

    I’m still in shock of Rod’s passing. Team Echols were part of our couples ministry group. Rod was always positive guy and I never saw him without a smile on his face. He loved his family and they loved him. Rest on Rod. We will continue to keep your family covered in prayer.

  6. Debbie McLarin says

    I had the pleasure of working with Rob at Target. I can honestly say his smile and laughter made your day. He was such a loving and caring person. God has called one of his angel to heaven. We love you but God loves you more. May you rest in peace. We say good-bye until we see you again
    Your legacy will live on in your family and friends.

  7. Lawrence T. Lipford says

    I did not have the pleasure of Roderick as a close friend but when I read all of the good things that everyone says about him I can clearly see that he was a very good person. My heart goes out to you Miss Tommie and you are in our thoughts and prayers. As someone special to you and I once stated something a little like I will state: this young man came from a mighty good family. The only thing that gives us comfort at a time like this is the promise that Jesus gave us when he told us that he has gone to prepared a place for us. If there is anything that I can do please don’t hesitate to call.

  8. Did not know he had passed
    Strong fighter. Prayers for wife,
    children n family. 😢🙏🏾💜
    Heaven gained an angel 😇

  9. Mrs Echols and family , I have been thinking about you and Mr Echols from the commercial.. I was just able to remember the last name .. May God continue to bless you and give you strength.. Your husband was an icon for the black community to seek help after being diagnosed with cancer .

  10. The Boyd Family says

    He was our next door neighbor. Great guy. Great family.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: