He was born on Oct. 2, 1966, in Dalton, Ga., a son of Tex and Betty Gillian.
He spent most of his life in the Cohutta/Dalton areas but had moved to make Cleveland his home about 7 years ago.
He worked locally for Dennis Norman Heating and Air Condition until his declining health forced his retirement.
He was of the Baptist faith and a devoted, loving and caring family man.
In addition to his parents, Tex and Betty Gillian of Cohutta, Ga., Rodney leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 17 years Ann; one daughter, April Nicole Gillian of Ringgold, Ga.; one son ,Tex William Gillian II of Cleveland; one sister, Varonica “Sally” Gribble (John) of Cohutta; Ga.; two brothers: Michael Gillian (Lori) of Cleveland, and Rickey James of Cohutta; a special aunt and uncle, Janice and Dennis Norman of Cleveland; and numerous other extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the parlor of Companion Funeral & Cremation Service located at 2415 Georgetown Road N.W.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests tmemorial donations be made to either the Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga or the Craniofacial Foundation of Tennessee in Rodney’s memory.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Rodney and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.