Mr. Rogers was born in 1935 in Cleveland, where he attended elementary school and graduated from Bradley Central High School, class of 1953. After his discharge from military service in 1962, he was employed at the Cleveland Daily Banner, working with Pledger Wattenbarger and Syd Gould. He then transferred to the Jennings Daily News in Jennings, La., where he served as classified advertising manager. He also served as vice president of the Evangeline Stations for 17 years.
He attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and secondary education in 1974. He also attended Emory University in 1979, earning his Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church at the Louisiana Conference. He served churches in the Louisiana Conference, North Georgia Conference and Holston Conference.
He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 220 in Georgia and lifetime member of the VFW Post 3686, in Jennings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse William and Ethel Estelle Goins Rogers.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley Jean Rogers of Mountain City; and children, Jay Shannon Rogers and Melissa Monique Rogers.
Graveside services were held May 29 at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
An online guestbook is available at www.fikefh.com.
The Clayton Tribune, June 5, 201