Tasha Renee Rhodenberry Kessler

Tasha Renee Rhodenberry Kessler, 48, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning, November 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 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. 

She 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 four 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, Statesboro; her sister and brother-in-law, Shae and Scott Stipe, Patterson; her brother and sister-in-law, Johnny Wayne and Amber Rhodenberry, Jacksonville; nieces and nephew, Sterling and Seth Stipe, both of Patterson and Lenore Rhodenberry, Jacksonville; aunts and uncles, Angie Sweat, Brunswick, Shelby and Jewelene Sweat, Waycross, and Frankie and Linda Sweat, Brunswick and many cousins and other relatives.  

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, from the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.  

Interment 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. 

Tasha Renee Rhodenberry Kessler, 48, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning, November 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 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. 

She 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 four 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, Statesboro; her sister and brother-in-law, Shae and Scott Stipe, Patterson; her brother and sister-in-law, Johnny Wayne and Amber Rhodenberry, Jacksonville; nieces and nephew, Sterling and Seth Stipe, both of Patterson and Lenore Rhodenberry, Jacksonville; aunts and uncles, Angie Sweat, Brunswick, Shelby and Jewelene Sweat, Waycross, and Frankie and Linda Sweat, Brunswick and many cousins and other relatives.  

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, from the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.  

Interment 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. 

(0) entries

Sign the guestbook.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.