Ms. Tasha Renee Rhodenberry Kessler, age 48, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning (11/10/2020) at her sister’s residence in Patterson following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born August 31, 1972 in Blackshear, she was the daughter of Johnny Wayne and Gloria Jean Sweat Rhodenberry. She lived in multiple towns while growing up, due to her dad’s career, and her family moved back to Pierce County her Junior year of high school where she was a 1990 graduate of Pierce County High School. She was a longtime hairdresser and cosmetologist, including opening EnV Salon and Boutique in Blackshear, as well as working in various salons in Georgia and Florida.
An active business owner in Blackshear, she was a former board member of the Blackshear Better Hometown/Main Street Program, helping to lead in downtown activities and development. She was also a former member of the Blackshear Exchange Club, having served on the board and formerly holding the position of President.
Tasha was a supportive parent and fan of Pierce County sports, often seen in the stands for football games, and she was a true “wrestling mom”, never missing any matches involving her son, Ian.
She was also a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear and helped teach the 4 year olds’ Sunday school class.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Simon and Carrie B. Sweat, and her paternal grandparents, Adrian and Frances Rhodenberry.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Ian Kessler of Statesboro; her sister and brother-in-law, Shae and Scott Stipe of Patterson; her brother and sister-in-law, Johnny Wayne and Amber Rhodenberry of Jacksonville; nieces and nephew, Sterling and Seth Stipe, both of Patterson and Lenore Rhodenberry of Jacksonville; aunts and uncles, Angie Sweat of Brunswick, Shelby and Jewelene Sweat of Waycross, and Frankie and Linda Sweat of Brunswick; and many cousins and other relatives.
A funeral service will take place Saturday afternoon (11/14/20) at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nunally House of Brunswick or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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