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Rodney Wayne Carver
Sep 20, 1955 - Apr 11, 2020
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre


Rodney Wayne Carver passed away at his home on April 11, 2020, after a brief, but valiant battle with cancer.  

He was born on September 20, 1955, in Shawnee, OK to Ralph and Johnnie Frankenberg Carver.

Rod grew up in Lindsay, OK where he graduated from Lindsay High School.  Rod played baseball at LHS and served as president of student council and FFA, as well as being a class officer during this time.  Later as a young adult, he moved to Norman, OK.  He married Toni Daniel Carver in 1979 creating a loving union which lasted over 40 years.  The couple welcomed two beautiful daughters, Katie Nicole in 1982 and Nikki Raecine in 1985.  Rod was so thrilled to be a father, and he lived the rest of his life demonstrating his love for his girls.  He coached their youth soccer and softball teams, and he was their number one fan throughout his life.  He was extremely proud of his daughters.

He also embraced his role of Poppie to Tucker Wayne Lawson and Leighton Raecine Lawson.  Being a devoted grandfather, father, and husband came naturally to Rod.  He adored his grandchildren and was very active in their lives.

Family was Rod’s priority.  He developed a close relationship with his sons-in-law, TJ and Chuck, as well as his mother-in-law, Nila.

Rod worked hard in his position as President and CEO of the family grocery business.  He worked diligently to maintain the high integrity and standards in the operation of Super C Mart that his dad had established.  He was also actively involved in the Limousine cattle business as well as the Quarter horse racing industry.  He believed any task/job he did should be done correctly and be given his full effort.

His enthusiasm for OU football, basketball, and softball was amazing.  He also became a true fan of Thunder basketball.  He loved watching the games and sharing with other avid fans.

All who knew Rod would agree he was an honest and kind man who cherished friends and family.  So, it is with broken hearts and a sense of immense loss that his surviving family mourns him.  These include his wife, Toni of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Katie and TJ Lawson, and Nikki and Chuck Weeks; beloved grandchildren, Tucker and Leighton Lawson; and sister and nephew, Kay and Kyle Patino, all of Norman.  Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Nila Fulton of OKC; cousins, Leona Tabor of Seminole, OK, Nancy and Benny Blakemore of Hollywood, CA, and Gary and Cynthia Dew of North Carolina.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Johnnie Carver; brother, Rick Carver, and his grandparents.

Rod Carver was his family’s hero.  He enjoyed family trips to sunny beaches across the country, or just gathering for a family meal.  Our husband, father, and Poppie can never be replaced, and we will hold him in our memories and hearts forever.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at Greenhill Cemetery in Lindsay, OK.

Due to COVID-19, we will be following the rules of social distancing and only allowing ten people in the room at a time for the visitation and at the graveside.

A celebration of Rod’s life will be held once it is safe for family and friends to gather together.

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