Gilberto “Pepe” Rodriguez Jr., 46, of Atlantic, passed away peacefully Monday, March 23, 2020, surrounded by his family at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.
A private funeral service for Pepe was Friday at Davis First Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Daniel Melton and Jonathan Griffin. Interment followed at Nelson Bay Cemetery in Sea Level.
Pepe was born Dec. 29, 1973, to Gilberto Rodriguez Sr. and the late Dora Styron. He loved working with his hands, riding four-wheelers in Long Bay woods, rebuilding old cars and anything to do with the water, especially spending time in his duck blinds with his close friends and family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he spent his time as a rescue swimmer. After serving his country, he returned home to commercial fish, worked as a diesel mechanic with the N.C. Ferry Division and returned to serve his country as a pneudraulics systems worker at the Fleet Readiness Center East. He was a member of Crissie Wright Lodge No. 741 in Smyrna and Davis First Baptist Church. He especially had a love for Down East baseball and touched the lives of countless children he coached. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, nephew and “uncle pep.”
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Rodriguez; sons, Jacob, Danny and Taylor, all of the home; father, Gilberto Rodriguez Sr. and wife Barbara; stepfather, Dennis Stark; sister, Jessica Rodriguez; brothers, Toby Rodriguez and wife Alma and William Stark; father-in-law, Daniel Taylor and wife Hazel; sister-in-law, Gail Brooks; brothers-in-law, Charles Taylor and wife Amy and Stephen Taylor and wife Cara; special nephews, Landon, Mason and Logan Taylor; uncles, Curtis Styron and wife Becky, Jeff Styron and Rex Styron; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Dora Styron; sister, Enadina Maria Rodriguez; and maternal grandparents, Curtis and Ruth Styron.
Flowers are welcome, or donations can be made to Down East Cal Ripken Baseball at P.O. Box 91, Smyrna, NC 28579, or Davis First Baptist Church at P.O. Box 146, Davis, NC 28524.
Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net.