Carrie Junita (Holland) Rodriguez

June 16, 1928 ~ July 3, 2019 (age 91)



Carrie Juanita Holland Rodriguez died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, July 3, 2019.

Having lived to be 91 years, she was born in Tampa, Florida, where she lived until the

age of 13. After her family relocated to Harlem, New York City, Carrie was introduced to

contemporary dancing and swimming: both which became lifelong influences. After

graduating from Washington Irving High School and Central State University (CSU),

Carrie pursued a career in academia. She would proceed to teach Health and Physical

Education at Wilberforce University for more than 20 years, where she attained

Associate Professor status. Every student, who had the fortune to be taught by Carrie,

will always remember her competitive nature. Moreover, they learned from her the value

of attaining a formal education, possessing integrity and exuding confidence. Carrie was

well ahead of present teachings on the mind, body, spirit connection; she taught to

advance the understanding that physical fitness was connected not only to health

benefits but also to intellectual and developmental benefits.

While at CSU, Carrie met Gonzalo Rodriguez and they would share 44 years of married

life, until his death in January 2000. To their union was born three children who were so

very proud to have her as their mother: Gonzalo Rodriguez, Jr. M.D. (Lisa), Linda

Rodriguez Wilson (Samuel) and the late Robert Rodriguez, Sr. Celebrating her life will

be her grandchildren, Leticia Wilson of Corpus Christ, Texas, Demetrius Wilson of

Xenia, Ohio, Robert Rodriguez, II of Dayton, Ohio, Angelo Rodriguez of Cincinnati,

Ohio, Braeden Rodriguez of Hyde Park, Illinois and Rico Rodriguez of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Carrie’s sole surviving brother, Robert Holland, and she were preceded in death by their

brothers Albert Holland, Jr., Laurence Holland and Jackson Holland. She is also

survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Services will be held for Carrie J.H. Rodriguezat Holy Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church,1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Road, Wilberforce, Ohio. The  Masonic Rituals 10:30am; 1:00pm Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, IncorporatedIvy Beyond The Wall Ceremony; 2:00pm the Celebration of Life Service. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Dayton, Ohio or the American Diabetes Association at in the name of Carrie J.H. Rodriguez. Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home.


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