Rodney and Eli met on December 7, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois. On November 29, 1986, Rodney married the love of his life Eli Burick III in Rockford, Illinois. They uprooted from Houston in 2013 when they fell in love with their dream home, the Captain Cooley House in Savanna, which was built in 1858. It was a labor of love restoring the property back to its former grandeur. They celebrated 33 years together until Eli’s passing in 2018. Rodney joined Eli this year, 2021. Their love for each other and Savanna will endure in the hearts and minds of all the friends and connections they made here.