Grady Rodney Roach

June 02, 1960 – February 08, 2021

Obituary For Grady Rodney Roach

Mr. Grady Rodney Roach, age 60 of Atlanta, Georgia passed away Monday, February 8, 2021. He was born June 2, 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of the late Mr. Grady E. Roach and the late Mrs. Rosa Morgan Boyd. Mr. Roach was a graduate of North Atlanta High School, and attended the University of Wisconsin where he played basketball on a full scholarship. He received his bachelors in psychology from Clark Atlanta University. He was a very loving father and loved his family very much. Mr. Roach later coached high school basketball and worked with special education children where he touched many hearts and lives. He had a great sense of humor, a big smile, and always loved to laugh.
Mr. Roach is survived by his wife of 14 years, Mrs. Monica Ingrid Olier-Toloza of Douglasville, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Kirstyn Lia and Elmer Miranda of Rockville, Maryland; sisters and brother-in-law, Marcia and Horace Cosby, Cynthia Turner, and Wanda Thompson of Atlanta, Georgia; sister and brother-in-law, Ismael Guzman and Carolina Beltran of Bogota, Colombia; close friends, Roderick Twyman of Georgia, Constance Arnold of Georgia; and many beloved nieces and nephews. His kind and loving soul will always be remembered.
Private Memorial Services will be conducted Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home of Douglasville. Services will be live streamed.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home of Douglasville is in charge of the arrangements. 770-942-2311

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– Ismael Guzmán
Querido hermano, siempre vivirás en mi corazón y estoy tan agradecida que formaras parte de esta familia. Gracias por tu amor y por permitirnos formar parte de tu vida en estos 15 años, sin duda, tu formaras parte de las nuestra hasta que nos encontremos nuevamente.
– Carolina
Grady hoy nos dejas tu mayor cualidad, un corazón limpio; siempre quedarás en nuestros corazones como ejemplo de bondad, tranquilidad y entrega a tu familia y esposa amada, mi hermosa amiga Mónica Olier… descansa en paz. Y a ti Mónica, Dios te llene de fortaleza , tu amor trascenderá, te queremos mucho Angela, David Eduardo y Juan David
– Angela Garzón
I’m still at a lost for words. Grady was like a big brother to me we could talk about anything. He also gave me good advice and pointed me in the right direction. We became close after working at the high school together. He will deeply missed
– Dwon Alexander
I am sending my deepest sympathies and condolences. I love Sra. Monica with all of my heart and I know that anyone that is close to her has to be insanely special. RIP
– lily
Miss you Grady. You meant so much to me and Roderick. So sorry Monica. Wonderful human being. Angela Chambliss-Twyman
– Angela Twyman
Señora Mónica lo lamento mucho su pérdida. Ojalá que estés bien y que sepas que su esposo está descansando. ¡Señora sea fuerte, la queremos mucho!
– Julianna
The most wonderful man I have ever known. Words fall short of expressing my sorrow. My condolences.
– Arlene
He is now resting in peace
– Lorraine Butler
Coach was always so kind and supportive. He is missed at NAHS. In your time of grief, find solace in the fact that he made such a difference in peoples’ lives and we’ll see him again in a better place. Lori McCall
– Lori McCall
Sad to hear about my classmate. May the family be comforted! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 Derrick Stafford
– Derrick Stafford
Kirstyn and family, I know that it is hard for you to process the loss of your father, spouse, brother. I offer you prayers of comfort during this difficult time. I pray that you hold in your heart the memories of time you spent together for they are not replaceable. Fill the void in your heart with precious memories for they shall live forever. Lovingly, Tia and Everett Scott
– The Scott’s
My Deepest Condolences to the Roach family. Rodney was a teammate of mine at AB College, a true friend and tough opponent. I’ll never forget the road trips we would take to the games, he would fall a sleep before we made it off campus. I am honored that I got to see him one more time after College. Say hi to Coach Funk when you get up there my friend. You will be missed my brother. John Lister AB College 1982-1986
– John Lister
Even though we had not seen each other in years it is with a heavy heart to lose him, I must say Rod was a friend that will be truly missed by many, may our God give his family peace that we are promised from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in these difficult times.
– Frederick Jones
We in the Adamsville community called him Roach and he was a giant amongst us all growing up but such a kind soul indeed . He was always smiling and always active in some kind of sports. When his mom passed I remember talking with him after the funeral along with my other childhood neighbors , just going down memory lane wishing we all could turn back the clock and do it all over again . I know his kind spirit , sense of humor and his passion for helping others will be missed by so many including myself, the Maynard family and all of his Adamsville; whitworth neighbors and friends. RIH my loving brother, you will be missed , Porsha Maynard
– Porsha Maynard
Our heartfelt condolences and prayer for the family. We are thankful for Rodney’s legacy and his life well lived. His Alpha Pi brethren from Alderson-Broaddus College will also miss him but are thankful for good memories of our time with him.
– Tom/Kim Matteson
He was a giant in stature and in heart. His fraternity brothers at Alderson-Broaddus College in WV will miss him in this life, and look forward to joining hands with him in heaven.
– The Epsilons
I remember him ,even though I was a freshman,and he was a senior,always nice and smiling,we later became Facebook friends, never forgot him,cool guy,RIH
– Mark Sherard
My dearest cousin Rodney, You were my first playmate. You were always happy to see me on our visits. You had the widest smile in the whole wide world in my eyes. As years went by we didn’t spend as much time together as when we were young, but I will always remember our time together. Time could not separate or dissolve our love for each other. Whenever I saw you it was like we had never been apart. Rest peacefully Chana
– Chana Smith
I taught at NAHS With Grady! I am sad to hear about his passing and I pray for his close friends and family! Very peaceful man! -Tamara Irving
– Tamara Irving
Mis más sinceras condolencias Mónica te acompaño en tu dolor. Herminia Santamaría
– Herminia
Grady Roach was one of my best friends when I attended Northside high schools from 1974 till 1978.He was always had a positive attitude about everything with sports class work getting along with the girls and just making it in life. Even after I graduated from Northside HS back in 1978 I still kept in contact with Roach and he still had that same attitude witch was always positive and when ever I was down about certain things he always would have a positive talk with me about and then I would feel a lot better. That’s the type of friend Grady was and I text Grady a couple of months ago because I had lost my older sister to covic and two years ago I lost my older brother and two years before then my Mother passed. I had text Grady and told him about all of my losses with my family and he told me that he is sorry to hear about my losses in my family and if I needed anything I could always give him a call or text. But that was the kind of guy and friend Rodney Grady Roach was and I will miss him and he will always be in my heart.
– Andre Collins
I first met Grady 26 years ago when we both were hired at Egleston Children’s hospital. We immediately bonded because we had so much in common. We both were former athletes. He had played basketball and I football and we both had a passion for the development of young people through the use of sports. Thus we both were destined to be Coaches. Over the years Grady was more than my friend he was my brother and for the last 26 years we spoke to one another almost every day on the phone. I dont think we ever went more than a few days without calling one another. When ever the other needed help I would call on him or he would call on me. He often referred to us as Batman and Robin. Of course he was Batman and I was Robin. He use to say “together we can’t be beat.” However, if you grew up watching Batman and Robin then you know that Robin is nothing without Batman. So what am I to do with out my partner, my friend, my brother? The World is less now without Grady in it. RIP Grady. I know you will be one of the first to greet me on the other side.
– Roderick Twyman
I understand words sometime can’t express how someone is truly missed but you can only say what you can express in human words and terms the loss as best as you can but it seems like there’s no lost when you look at his life how he touch peoples lives True friendship uncompromising character integrity and unwavering loyalty to those he encountered His legacy will live forever be blessed and west in heaven I believe now your work is completed and your journey has just begun in the bosom of God
– Jacky Dorsey
My deepest sympathies. Knowledgeable and wise. Always interested in the best.
– Rosalyn
One of the first true brothers I met when I moved to Atlanta was Grady Roach. When I arrived for work I was introduced to him and didn’t know what to expect. Dude was 6″8 and this was the first time since I arrived in Atlanta that I wasn’t the tallest person in the room at 6″7. We instantly hit it off as most tall dudes have an instant bond. When he mentioned basketball and coaching we instantly had another connection and talked sports daily at work. But Grady wasn’t just about sports. He was well rounded and intelligent and always had a philosophical spin on everything. We talked news, education, schools, family, traveling, etc. We discussed various business ventures and always joked that once he got that head coaching position I was going to join him as his assistant coach. Every conversation I reminded him to keep me posted when he got the head coaching spot somewhere. That was the only way I would be interested in coaching. Once I moved on to another job we stayed in contact and developed a friendship. I didn’t know our conversation last month would be our last. I texted him last Friday but got no response. When I got the news it not only felt like I lost a close friend but a brother. Rest in Heaven and Sleep well my Brother Grady Rodney Roach. You will be missed. This one hits hard for me but for the family My sincere condolences. You lost an Angel. 🙏🏾
– anthony

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