Reverend Carlos Alberto Rodriguez

reverend rodriguez
Asheville ~ Rev. Carlos Alberto Rodriguez, 96, of Givens Estates, died Monday, August 6, 2012. A native of Cuba, Rev. Rodriguez was son of the late Carlos and Mercedes Hernandez Rodriguez. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elisa Garcia Rodriguez who died in 1998 and also by a brother, Guido Rodriguez. Rev. Rodriguez served as a United Methodist minister for twenty years with the WNC United Methodist Conference and was a member of Biltmore United Methodist Church. Surviving are four daughters, Elisa R. Ryland and her husband, Gaines, Silvia R. Spence and her husband, Jon, Maria R. Aldridge and her husband, Dennis and Lilian R. Kalyanaraman and her husband, Balaraman. Rev. Rodriguez is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2012 in the Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates with the Revs. Ed Hillman and Joe Fulk officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Resident Assistant Ministry Fund at Givens Estates 2360 Sweeten Creek Road Asheville, N.C. 28803. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is serving the family.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. To the family of Rev. Rodriguez. . .Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your father was a very caring gentleman. He served our Church and Community with great compassion. I will always remember his wonderful smile. May God be with you all during your time of loss and in the days to come. Blessings.

  2. I was so sorry to hear of Rev. Rodriguez’ passing. He was a dear pastor who served Centenary UMC in Rockingham County, NC when I was younger. I have fond memories of him and his family. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.

  3. We are so sorry for Rev. Rodriquez’s passing. He was our paster around 1972. He was such a special person. We built our house in 1972 and he and his wife came and blessed our house. He was a very special pastor to us. In fact our family has grown from the two of us to 18. My children loved him so much. God Bless you all.

  4. I was sorry to hear about your father. My prayers are with you. We really enjoyed having your father as our Minster at Centenary United Methodist Church in Stoneville, NC.

  5. Girls,
    We’ve never forgotten your dad (or
    your mother). He was a cut above.
    Pat’s mom liked him more than any
    other pastor we’ve had since we
    married in 1962. God bless & keep!

  6. Mr. Rodriguez was one of my favorite pastors of all time. Even as a young child in the 3rd grade I understood his message and felt the warmth in his heartwhen he was pastor in my church (Centenary United Methodist church). I loved the entire family. I am now 49 years old so its been a long time. I am praying for your family.

  7. Our thoughts of sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace are with the entire family. Rev. Rodriquez was the pastor at Palmyra UMC in Germanton in the late 60’s, and he and his family are remembered fondly.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a great man of God and served our church(Centenary) wonderfully. My daddy passed away on August 6th, 1975. Two GREAT men gone to be with the Lord! Love you Whichi!

  9. We always thought highly of Rev. Rodriguez and those of his family who we knew while he was at Hodgin. He was our minister when Joanne and I were married and when Joanne joined Hodgin UMC. Always have enjoyed seeing Wishi when she is in town. Our sincere condolences to the family.
    Bill and Joanne

  10. Dear Silvia, Juliana, Jon, and all extended family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. And as I told Brett, this is an especially significant loss, as I know and feel Carlos was a very special person. I have always wanted to meet him, and am experiencing my own sadness about that. But I have my own great faith what a beautiful place he is in now in his sensitive and conscious way watching you all with love. And blowing kisses to Suria.

    With love and blessings,

  11. May the memory of the special life he led and everyone he touched give you all comfort at this difficult time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

  12. To the Rodriguez family our deepest sympathy. Rev. Rodriguez was a very warm and caring person whom we learned to love very much. He christened our daughter in 1972 at Centenary UMC, Stoneville, NC, our memories of him are treasured.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools