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Rodney Neal Burnsed

August 13, 1934 — July 4, 2023

Rodney Neal Burnsed, Sr., 88, passed away on July 4, 2023 after a brief illness. He was in the company of family and under the attentive care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. Rodney was a Bulloch County native and lifelong resident. He served with distinction on active duty in the U.S. Army as a young man, and he continued his service to his country for decades in the Georgia National Guard, where he eventually retired with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He studied at Armstrong College and spent his career as a civil engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for much of the construction of Lynes Parkway and local sections of Interstate 16 and Interstate 95. He and Sandra (Turner) Burnsed, his wife of 54 years, also owned and operated several local businesses, including The Sandwich Shop, Pioneer Park Mini Warehouses, and the Statesboro Greyhound Bus station. Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlos and Alberta Burnsed, his first wife Sandra Burnsed, his sister and brother-in-law, Emogene and Thomas Bacon, and brother-in-law Donald Bell.

He is survived by his beloved wife and companion of these past eight years, Nell (Godbee) Burnsed, his sister, Charlotte Bell, as well as three sons and daughters-in-law: Neal (Sheryl), Noel (Erin), and Nelson (Denise) Burnsed, all of Statesboro. He is also survived by seven grandchildren (Olivia, Stephen, Branden, Annabeth, Tristen, William, and Jack), one great-grandchild (Paisley), and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. His marriage to Nell also brought him into the Godbee family, where he is survived by three step-sons and step-daughters-in-law: John (Mary), Joey (Laura), Jerry (Hope), and several step-grandchildren. Rodney spent his retirement years doting on his family, serving his community as a Kiwanian and Primitive Baptist deacon, and travelling the world. He will be fondly remembered for his cheer, wisdom, work ethic, grace, and strong Christian faith. Rodney was a longtime deacon and member at Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church.

Services will be held at Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church on Friday, July 7, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. with visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the church. Elder Kurt Bacon, Rodney’s cherished nephew, will preside.

Burial with full military honors will follow in the church cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church; c/o Kim Blocker; 316 Hatcher Run; Blackcreek, GA 31308 or Ogeechee Area Hospice; P. O. Box 531; Statesboro, GA  30459.

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Visitation

Friday, July 7, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church

9566 Mud Road, Brooklet, GA 30415

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Funeral Service

Friday, July 7, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church

9566 Mud Road, Brooklet, GA 30415

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