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Roderyck I. Bullock, former high school coach, community worker and advocate for disabled, dies at 44

7/26/2018, 6 a.m. | Updated on 7/30/2018, 11:28 a.m.
Roderyck Irone “Big Shot” Bullock lost both feet to diabetes and had to learn to slowly and painfully maneuver with ...
Roderyck Bullock

Mr. Bullock also mentored countless youths during his coaching career.

In 2009, Style Weekly recognized his influence on area youths by naming him to its annual Top 40 Under 40 list of individuals under 40 years of age who are making a difference.

He credited his grandfather, Plummer Bullock Sr., with teaching him to pay attention to politics.

“My grandfather raised me. My father died when I was a year old. He showed me that voting was one of the most important things in life. I couldn’t wait until I turned 18 so I could vote,” Mr. Bullock told a reporter.

He also credited the late Annie Giles of Whitcomb Court with stoking his interest.

Mr. Bullock recalled that he started working in political campaigns in Church Hill when he was 12. Through the years, he took part in campaigns for Henry L. Marsh III, a former Richmond mayor and retired state senator; former Mayor Dwight C. Jones; Delores L. McQuinn, a former City Council member and current member of the House of Delegates; and others on City Council and the Richmond School Board.

He also sought to emulate family members. “I had four uncles who taught me what it means to be a man — a job, a home and voting,” he told a reporter.

Last year, despite his battle with diabetes, he unsuccessfully sought appointment to the city School Board after Nadine Marsh-Carter resigned the 7th District seat following the death of her husband. It was the first time he competed for public office.

He also served on the Richmond advisory board for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and was active in the Richmond Crusade for Voters since 1996.

In 2010, he served eight months as interim president of the Crusade after Antione Green resigned as president and Mr. Minor, the first vice president, could not move up because of his election as chair of the Richmond City Democratic Committee. Mr. Bullock, then second vice president, was next in line.

Mr. Bullock, who was among those who greeted President Obama during a campaign visit in 2012, was known for his ability to motivate voters in the East End and was active in get-out-the-vote efforts until his death.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Shannon.