April 13, 1963 ~ January 11, 2022

Born in: Oxford, MS
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Roderick Cole Townsend was born April 13, 1963 to Isaiah Washington and Annie L. Davis in Oxford, Mississippi. Some years later, he and his mother moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. They then extended their family when John Davis married Annie L. Davis and adopted Roderick. Roderick attended Indianapolis Public Schools and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School.

He worked at Summerville Construction Company as a brick mason for several years. Roderick enjoyed music, playing cards, laughing and spending time with his family. The forever jokester, he had an inside joke with his mother. He would say “Linco linco”, to which she would reply, “Who loves you baby”. His random pullups and horn honks will be forever missed.

Roderick Cole Townsend departed this world on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at the age of 58 years. His adopted father, John Davis; and two sons, Lavon Dixon Sr. and Dante Townsend preceded him in death.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mother, Annie L. Davis; eight children: Britney Williams, Roderick Williams, Rodericous Townsend, Tiffany Townsend, Michael Townsend, Angel Townsend, Erica Dixon and Tanesha Banks; grandchildren: Eliza Townsend, Cole Simmons, Logan Simmons, Journei Townsend, Jordyn Townsend and Lavon Dixon Jr.; bonus daughters: Latosha Anderson (Jimmie Mack) and Nicole Morris; adopted siblings: JoAnn Barbee (Anthony), Johnny Davis, Jimmy Davis (Wanda), Terry Davis and Tyrone Davis; his cousin crew: Bobb, Cliff, Moses and Maurice; first wife, Vanessa Hanlon (Ronald); and host of bonus grandchildren, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

Services will be livestreamed here 


Visitation: January 29, 2022 10:00 am - February 5, 2023 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Celebration of Life: January 29, 2022 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. Love you forever and will always miss you.
    I surely njoyed these 36 Years with you being in my life. I know this isn’t first time someone has lost a father , however it’s the first time someone has lost You. There’s nobody else like you and never will be. The world most definitely lost a good one. Roderick Cole Townsend a true definition of a Legend, wonderful Father, Grandpa and God fearing Man. I’ll see you in the Heavens one day. Until then when we meet again.

  2. I apologize Mr Townsend, earlier I was working and couldn’t say everything I wanted to say. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to get to know you however we did meet once. Even though I didn’t know you personally, I do know a few of your kids. If there anything like you then I rest assured you were just as great as them. As their hearts break with your passing, I hope they find peace and happiness knowing you rest now. I hate that you have left this world so early but I hope you enjoy your time in the light. Rest friend. 🙏 May peace be with you🙏

  3. You all have my deepest condolences 💐! I will continue to pray for you and your entire family! Love you Tiffany 💕

  4. To God be all the glory for having been called back to the care of Great Creator, Our Father God and our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Rest in Heavenly peace. BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD. AMEN

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