In Loving Memory
August 14, 1956 - September 9, 2017
Order of Celebration
Viewing: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Processional of Clergy and Family Evangelist Deloris Stephens
Moderator Elder Steve McClain
Invocation Evangelist Joyce Green
Scripture: Old Testament Psalm 1:1-6 Evangelist Annie Fultz
New Testament John 14:1-6 Evangelist Idrose Bondurant
Selection Evangelist I’Nella Scott
Expressions of Love (West Angeles Church) Royce Patton
Acknowledgements Elder Richard Brooks
Reflections (2 minutes each) Elder William Hampton
Willie Lewis, Sr.
Evangelist Dale Hill
Elder Earl Scott
A Tribute To The Cause (By Earnie Brimberry) Janice Freeman-Nevels
Bishop Norman Hutchins
Rodney’s Journey (Read Silently)
Message of Comfort
Active Pallbearers Willie Lewis
Dr. Richard Harrison Willie Kirt Devindra Somadhi
Charles Moses Royce Patton
Michael Johnson, Sr.
J ason Honorary Pallbearer Hassan Pope
Alvin Coes, Jr Donnie Felton
Wesley Johnson Brian Knox David Knox
Rodney Brimberry was born into his name BRIMberry for he was never
without a brim on his head. He started his stellar life on August 14, 1956,
to the parentage of Alvin Coes, Sr. and Lillie May Hooks Brimberry who
preceded him in death. Rodney was raised along with his cousin, Joanne
Coley, by his grandmother Annie Mae Kitchen who kept him and his cousin on
their knees praying when they first awakened and right before they went to bed.
Rodney’s walk with Christ began very early and continued until the Lord called him
home. Rodney’s walk was greater and meant more to him than anything in the world.
His walk with Christ began in Vienna, Georgia, and continued until he made his
heavenly transition. In 1971, Rodney, along with his mother and siblings, moved
to Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Hollywood High School in 1974.
In 1986, Rodney married Linda Pope and they reared three children;
daughter, Tasha Pope, and sons, Hassan Pope and Jason Brimberry. This
marriage later dissolved. In 2001, Brother Rodney would follow what he says was
God’s doing and he pursued and captured the heart of his loving and devoted
wife, Earnestine (Earnie) Knox Brimberry. Three other children were added to
Rodney’s life and safekeeping; daughter, Teairra Cole and sons, Michael Johnson,
Sr. and Brian Knox. The stories of Rodney and Ernie’s courtship are book-worthy
storytelling tales. When they joined Godly forces under the tutelage of Dr. Tonya
Lewis and Dr. Pansy Bradshaw, the Brimberry’s became a force of Godly nature.
They brought souls to Christ through both their prayer ministry and Rodney’s
ministry as a barber. Their recent trips back home brought them closer to their
families and friends. Rodney’s creative style both as a husband, father, brother and
child of God was enhanced by his love for people and that of his wife, children,
family, friends and church.
Prior to his love of barbering, which became his life’s passion, Rodney worked
as a cook. He started working as a busboy and climbed the ladder achieving the
status of head cook. Rodney continued in that profession until 1988. During that
time frame, he also attended barber college and cosmetology school, achieving
his license in 1988. Over the years, he worked and owned several barbershops.
Some of his customers/clients followed Rodney right on to his latest and
greatest accomplishment, the Brimberry Barber and Beauty Salon located in
Leimert Park. Prior to his opening this salon, he barbered at Hair Architect, The
Millennium, and a number of other barbershops in the immediate area. The salon
is where Rodney set the stage for excellence in barbering and ministry through
his cut and style preaching. With his hands on the clippers, and his mind on Jesus,
there was no stopping the master as he spoke on his Master above. His work was
his bond with God. Brimberry Barber and Beauty Salon played host to a lot of
clientele of which at least 50% were West Angeles members (male and female).
Conversations in his salon went from politics to policing to the Word of God.
People loved patronizing Rodney’s beloved salon where they knew they
would always receive both a nice cut and always a Godly word. While cutting,
trimming and clipping, Rodney witnessed to all his clients young and old
about the virtues of living for the Lord and having a relationship with God.
His attributes included his service to his clients when ill at home,
hospitalized, in nursing homes and other facilities. He would send Earnie,
his wife, to pray for them, and he would later go and cut their hair. The
destitute person on the street was no exception. He truly believed in serving.
If you were a person in need, Rodney was truly a friend in deed!
Deacon Brimberry was a long time member of West Angeles Church.
He began by his baptism at the Adams location and continued through
to his ambassadorship of his seating location in the new Cathedral. Every
Sunday, you could find Rodney worshipping and praising the Lord on the
last row, first seat, and first section on the right side of the floor. He and
other Overcomers (his favorite Sunday School class) felt at home in that
area of the Cathedral and Rodney could be seen there helping folks find
their place to sit. Brother Rodney had such a knack for being whimsical and
wise. If he did not see you at church for a while, he would offer you a Visitor’s
Card as a missing in action member. He also was always well dressed, color
People have been known to say, I want to wake up with Jesus. Well,
Rodney Brimberry did just that the early morning of September
9, 2017. We are well assured that the angels of the Lord are getting
well-coiffed by the Master Barber and he is walking and talking with
Jesus, the man himself. In the words of Rodney, “That’s it! That’s all!”
Rodney leaves to cherish his Godly-lived life, his loving and creative
wife of sixteen years, Earnestine; daughters, Tasha Pope and Teairra
Knox-Cole; sons, Hassan Pope, Jason Brimberry, Michael Johnson, Sr.
(Tabitha), and Brian Knox; siblings, Donnie Felton, Brenda Davis (John),
Erma Fowlkes (Charles), Alvin Coes, Jr., Margaret Burnett and Earlene
Lester (John); sisters-in-love, Lula Mae Knox-Wings and Gloria
Jean Knox; brothers-in-love, Luther Knox and David Knox (Joy) ten
grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces,
cousins, friends and church folk.
Perhaps you sent a lovely card
Or sat quietly in a chair
Perhaps you sent a floral spray
If so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words
As any friend could say,
Perhaps you were not there at all
Just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts
We thank you so much,
Whatever the part.
The family of Rodney Brimberry thanks you for the
many acts of kindness shown to us during
our time of bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply
appreciated and will always be remembered.
Services entrusted to Courtney Lynch, Todd Memorial Chapel
Todd Memorial Chapel
570 N Garey Ave, Pomona, CA