The Baptist Bulletin, the online magazine of the denomination Rod was a part of, has published its obituary for this great gentleman and scholar.
Similarly, a variety of people who knew and loved Rod have written their own tributes, also published by the magazine.
My own relationship with Rod began as interaction between this blog and his own blog, primarily in the comments. He was one who encouraged and challenged my thinking and motivated me to stay focused on Koine Greek as a specialization rather than moving into some other realm of linguistics. I always appreciate his push back on proposals and ideas. Eventually, we e-mailed privately a dozen or so times discussing primarily to discuss Greek. It was a great pleasure to meet and interact with him personally at SBL over the years. I will greatly miss dialoging and interacting with him.