It's been a long time since I wrote, but just last week I thought of you and the joy you brought to so many. As if you don't know, DeVere turned out to be a fine young man. Yes, he did make it to the big screen as you predicted. He's tall (6'4" to be exact), and doing all he can to be the artist you always knew he'd become. HBO and TV shows, yes, even on an off Broadway. Wow, he's doing really well. Just checking in with all the angels to let them know they're still sorely missed and loved. Tell mama and Felix, Granny, Aunt Ruby and Aunt Lucille, oh, and Aunt Paulette too, just all of them, (your mom too), hello from all of us. We celebrate the love you all shared with us and glad to spread some among those who weren't lucky enough to meet you. Missing you all,
Your sister-in-law, Nadine
Remembering my friend, the late Prentis Rogers, who once challenged me to "do stories you don't think you can do." I've tried to apply that to every aspect of my life, and I'm heartened when it's his mellow, hopeful voice I hear in the back of my head.
Oh how I miss you so. What an honor to have been blessed with your graciousness and to have you as a brother-in-law. Seems only yesterday you were chuckling with the family and getting ready to do something exciting and fun. It's been two years now and we still love and miss you very much. Say hello to the rest of the angels for us.
WE are sorry to her about this loss. We will keep this family in our prayers!
I am indeed blessed and favored to have met the spirit that resided
in Prentis Rogers.Prentis ,Yvonne and Devere became a part of my extended family when I resided in
Atlanta.Real people that exemplifed
family unity and love.When I came over to the house or I called them on the phone we shared such good times with one another .We laughed had profound talks and I miss those times.God is present even now .
When all is said and done the Lord
will comfort the hearts of his
children .Yvonne, I believe that my
prayer is being answered and that
He is giving you the strength that no one else can to move from day
to day .I celebrate the life, the joy, the laughter, the strength, and most of all the love that graced this planet in the humanly form of Prentis Rogers .
Diana Pack,Courtney Pack
I did not know Mr. Prentis personally, but just hearing others speak so highly of him let me know that he was a good man. I was blessed with the opportunity to play in the first Prentis Rogers Memorial Classic for the East Team. I really enjoyed every second of it. My team won the championship against the South Team. I want to thank Mr. Prentis and everyone else who made this tournament possible. God Bless the Rogers family and friends.
I am saddened and shocked to hear of Prentis' passing. Although I hadn't seen him in years, He and I graduated from St Joe's together. I always enjoyed reading his work and took pleasure in rembering our days together in school. Prentis was the sports editor of our paper and I was the editorial editor. I wasn't at all surprised to see the great success to which his love of journalism took him.
The Smalley family in Lexington, North Carolina will always cherish the memory of Prentis. He always showed much love for our family. We all appreciate and remember the effort that he and Yvonne exhibited in planning and coordinating the 2001 family reunion that was held in Savannah, Georgia.
We want Yvonne and the rest of Prentis' family to know that he will be greatly missed but not forgotten. We love you.
Bill and Esther
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Prentis, we send our deepest sympathy. You are like family to us, so this is a loss to us as well. We are sorry that we couldn't be with you and your family due to the sickness and death of Deloris' father who passed December 16, 2003.
Yvonne, I met Prentis through your friendship with my wife. Prentis was a good man, we clicked the first time we met. I enjoyed reading his newspaper articles and our conversations about sports. I must say from our friendship I met a man of great character, integrity and a great Journalist. When I last spoke with Prentis, he spoke of preparing Devere for educational opportunities that lie ahead. I must say it was an honor to know Prentis.
The AJC and Atlanta area have lost a great asset to the community and he will be greatly missed.
May God bless, strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time... We will keep you in our prayers and you do the same for us...
Prentis and Yvonne,
Both possess pleasant and caring spirits. My family was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of such a thoughtful, uplifting and gifted young man. Together they created a beautiful son who will carry on the spirit of his father. It is a blessing to have known Prentis.
Yvonne and family,
You have my deepest sympathy. Prentis was a great journalist and a wonderful person. I had an opportunity to get to know him as a colleague at the AJC. Whenever I saw Prentis, he would always greet me -- and others -- with a smile and an encouraging word. He will be missed. May God be with you.
You will be miss....... But I know that you're in a better place!
I am shocked in reading this,Prentis will be missed, the guy was great and I am extremely sad to here of his lose, fine example for all to follow. gods speed my friend
We are shocked and saddened to hear about Prentis. Over the course of our first season of football, he was always willing to help us get as much coverage as possible. I looked forward to our phone calls.
All of us in the Atlanta Xplosion Women's Football organization wish to extend our prayers to his family and friends.
A wonderful guy will be truly missed.
may god be with the family and friends of mr.rogers. our sympathy and prayers are with you
I sympathize with you in your loss.
Mr. Prentis Rogers leaves a professional legacy that any man could be proud of. I pray that those close to him are comforted by that fact. Thank you for many years of professionalism and excellence.
I met him when he first came to Atlanta . He stated I will see his name in print. His spirit will be missed.
As an Atlanta native, I enjoyed Prentis' articles for many years. He will be dearly missed by many. My sympathies are extended to his wife and family. May God continue to bless yoy all.
Prentis, we will always love and miss you. You were a bright star shining in our family.
Yvonne, may happy memories comfort
you, Devere, and family. Love.
May God be with your family during their loss.
Thank you for all your contributions and commentaries. You will be sorely missed. Deepest sympathy to the family.
Prentis was a great example for many young black journalist who entered the field. Young journalist continue to let Prentis and his work to be an example, continue to fight the struggles, to not fall to public and staff pressures, to practice good and fair journalism.
My deepest sympathies. I am not a big sports fan but have always enjoyed Mr. Rogers contributions.
My deepest sympathy to Yvonne, Devere and Family. My prayers are with you.
Rest well my friend. Over the years I have deeply enjoyed your writing. You will be missed.
Most days when I read the AJC,
It's Terrance & Prentis in that order. I Love T Moore. In my mind I tried to compare their opionns, but
it was Prentis that would calm me down from from Mr.T. Even though there was no competition between them, In my mind they competed for
my attention. With me being fifty,I feel he had much more to give.
I WILL MISS MR PRENTIS RODGERS.
May God Bless the Rogers Family in their time of sadness.
I see your face smiling at me everyday, I also hear you laughing, talking, and just being Prentis hanging out with the family. We miss you more today than we did yesterday. With each day there is something else that we miss...just you Prentis...just you. But in your earthly time, you taught us how to live, love and enjoy family and friends. Some of us come here to stay for a long, long time, others, like yourself, are God's angels just passing through to do the greatest good in a short period of time. You were the angel that swept our lives, touched our souls, and made light when there was darkness. Your legacy lives on in all of us, especially, in Yvonne, DeVere and Mrs. Rogers. Thanks for spreading your wings Prentis, your sister-in-law.
The lives you touched say it all- a kind, giving and gentle spirit in a too often selfish profession. Thank you for being an example to us all. You will be missed.
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
Our loss is heaven's gain!
Mr. Rodgers will be missed on so many levels, in so many ways, by so many people.
Let’s all remember to lift his family in prayer.
A friendly voice in the world of journalism has been silenced. But the memories of someone who was truly one of "good guys," will live forever. We've lost our dear friend, but God has got one heck of writer in heaven. No one was ever kinder to me both at FOX Sports Network and now at Black Entertainment Television than Prentis.
Prentis was a gem. I met him at Atlanta Academy. My daughter and his son were attending the new private school. When we introduced ourselves to each other, things clicked. I knew this was a righteous brother. To me, he became my brother. Every time we met, we would exchange niceties and then become engross in conversation. Prentis loved people, especially, Black folks. We would talk about ways to help uplift our people all the time.
He became a brother away from home. It is hard to find someone to talk over personal situations, today. Too many are concerned about acquiring materials. That was not Prentis. Whenever, I needed to talk and called him, he would listen.
I am writing this guest entry stunned. You see My wife and I did not know that Prentis had died until early morning of 12/27/2003. It is still hard for me to accept it. I am still waiting to run into him somewhere in East Point, GA and have a long conversation. I am still waiting to see him and Yvonne at his son's graduation. Prentis and Yvonne were so good to my daughter Elisa. My wife and I want to be as good to their son, Devere.
On December 10, 2003, Prentis passed on. On December 13, 2003, was his funeral. December 11, 2003, I went to Lexington, KY. My uncle died December 10, 2003. His funeral was December 13, 2003. Knowing my uncle and Prentis, they probably bumped into each other on their way to heaven.
May the ancestors be with them. I will miss them.
Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Your journey ended too soon in our eyes, but we don't make the plans. Rest in peace.
"No one is ever born into Life alone. Everyone has shared the bond of family, at least at birth, and for many people it is a bond that will follow them throughout life. For many people it is the most important bond of all."
Sorry we never met. Wish we could have met time. Our condolense to all the family and friends who blessed to know him.
Tevye & Jennifer Harper
To Yvonne and Devere:
My family and I just found out about the sudden passing of Prentis.We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will keep you all in our prayers.
To My Family: Let us comfort one another: 'For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord'---II Thessalonians 4:16-18. Until we meet again, may the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
I'm terribly sorry to hear this news - I didn't always agree with Mr. Rogers, but I always respected his passion. He will be missed.
My condolences to the Rogers' family. No one can begin to know your pain. I met Prentis in Atlanta the year he graduated from Michigan State. He taught me many things. I will miss him.
Today is Christmas, a day of giving. But Prentis Rogers didn't just give on one day. He did it every day he lived, giving out kindness, compassion, joy, love, sincerity, concern, understanding and friendship to everyone he encountered.
I have always been proud of my friend Prentis in the 23 years I have known him. But seeing this guestbook and several ceremonies in his honor shows me the remarkable impact he had with his life and I am even prouder of him now.
I will never forget you PR.
God bless Yvonne, Devere and Prentis's mom.
I have grown up reading the Atlanta Paper my whole life and have come to see most of you as family. Prentis, you were a joy to read and i will miss your musings!
Glen (formally of buckhead)
I am just one of a countless number of individuals who swept through the newspaper each day, sometimes stopping at your byline. I appreciate having the opportunity to say, Thank-you Prentis. I enjoyed the works of your life.
to the family of Prentis I love him like a brother, he and I worked very hard for the kids at Atlanta Acadeny. He always made it to all the meeting that dealt with the growth of the school and it's childern. He and others start programs for boys and worked to build a better school for learning and teaching and he lead my example. I love and miss my brother but I know that he is in a better place. God bless and keep him in his arms.
Reading through some of the 38 pages of tributes for Prentis just reinforces my impression that he was one of the special people in our business. Prentis was one of the first people I met when I began working in AJC sports. His kindness, down-to-earth professionalism and complete lack of pretense made him stand out. He and his family have been in my prayers.
Being a native Atlantan I will truly miss your honest,fair and heart felt comments from someone that I trusted with the news, Thanks for your presence!
To the family, friends and colleagues of Prentis, I would like to add to the many heartfelt comments by saying I will also miss his professionalism and kinship, and the working relationship I enjoyed with him in my position with the Atlanta Hawks. He never refused a call and if we had a disagreement of any sort, it was smoothed over by the end of our conversation...it was never personal or lingered on for days on end. My prayers go out to his wife and son, his friends at the AJC and the numerous fans of his craft...he will be missed.
Yvonne & Devere:
Namaskar! I don't want either one of you to think that you have not been in my prayers. I got married the same day that Mr. Rogers had his Transitional Celebration. God knows, I am here for you and I will be visiting the church just to let both of you know that I love both of you and I will do whatever it takes to let you know that I love both of you and have the utmost respect and love for you and your FAMILY!!!
Thanks for your good work an your love for all kids an all sports.
Prentis was gracious and kind to me the day last summer when I lost a best friend to a car accident. So hard to believe he's been taken from us now too. I will miss his smile, his calming influence and his infectious greetings with every trip past his desk. I was proud to be a fellow Rogers in the newsroom. My thoughts are with his wife and son.
Prentis truly exemplified a man of his craft and a pillar of his community. May god bless you and your family.
Mrs.Rogers and family
I wish that I was able to extend my arms and be of comfort to you all during these difficult times. As you are aware, Prentis was a very special person and more than a brother to me. His absence has created a void in the life of many as well as mine. He will be greatly missed. This is probably one of the most difficult things that you will ever have to endure. Know that the God you serve is loving, caring and watching over you.
My prayers go out to the family and Mr.Rogers will be missed....Thanks for all the memories through your stories
I just met Prentis at a conference for the Peach Bowl a few years back. Prentis was one of the few that gave this old man the time of day and I found him to be very fascinating. Even though he could have been enjoying the free buffet and colored drinks with the rest of the writers, he made me feel invaluable to be a part of the festivities. God the Rogers family and rack the trolls!
What a shock and great loss for all readers of the AJC. My prayers are with your family. See you in Heaven my brother.
I am one of a long line of people who have had the good fortune of working with Prentis at the AJC. He and I worked on the sports desk at the AJC during the mid-80s. Although he sat right across from me we did not talk much because we were so busy trying to make sense of all the events of the day. The one thing I remember about Prentis was how calm he was even though everything around us was chaotic. I hope his family and friends will find peace in this time. May God bless you.
His work was admired. God bless.
To the family of Prentis Rogers,
I am extremely sorry for your loss. I only knew him through the paper but always appreciated his style and the way he communicated - especially the radio/TV column. It's strange but I was always curious about who this man was that wrote this way - honest but courteous, professional but human...he will be missed.
My life has forever been changed by your friendship, camaraderie, and humor. I will miss that biting wit and sarcasm that I could always depend on to lend perspective to this crazy world. You were one of a kind, and I will never be able to replace you my friend. Much love and so long until we meet again my brother.
Pentis was a really great person. He will be missed. God bless his family....
A Role Model sent from God! Your work here on earth is not finish. Your work will contiune by those whom you have touched.
I have read the AJC since I was old enough to read. Newspapers inspired me to learn and journalists like Prentis Rogers were the source of that inspiration.
To the family Sorry for your loss
To the Rogers Family,
God Bless you and know that Mr. Rogers' work was some of the best this paper offered. Rest in Peace Mr. Rogers
I did not know Mr. Prentis Rogers personally, but his columns in the AJC were some of my favorites. I was saddened to learn of his passing. My God continue to give his family strength during this time. Rest in Peace Prentis. A Fan in Social Circle. T. Gibbs
My deepest sympathies to the Rogers Family. As an avid reader of the AJC (my brother Terence also writes for the AJC)I really enjoyed reading Mr. Rogers over the years and his hard work and unique style will be truly missed.
My prayers are with the family. May God give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.
My dearest Yvonne
Here we are again at a crossroad and we both know that God is in the midst. Just remember that God loves you and we love you too. When I came to Hillside you and your family were one of my first friends. We have managed to keep that friendship even unto death and our journey will continue. I love you dearly and don't you ever forget that. Anytime you need me for anything you know what to do.
May Gods peace continue to have place in your lives.
Queen Allicia and Princess Ebonee
WE LOVE YOU PRENTIS!!!!!!
I knew Prentis only on a professional level, but he was a good man who cared about his job and about the people he wrote about in his daily column. he was way too young, my prayers are with his family and they move forward without their loved one.
Prentis was a true pro, somebody we could all respect within the business. He was a good sportswriter and, more importantly, a good man.
Prentis was a mentor for all men. Prentis showed through his actions how the love within a family can carry the family through. I will miss Prentis and my prayers are with his wife and son, Yvonne and Devere.
The family lost a lot when you suddenly left us. You memory will live forever in our hearts. One of the funniest stories you ever told me was of the family vacation trip to Disney. Yvonne and Nadine begged you to wear walking shoes, but you insisted your sandals would be cooler. I hear you laughing man, because you aked everybody for a metal nail file so you could amputate your feet. Man, you were laughing so hard when you told me this! We've lost the warmest, funniest, and most caring peron to ever enter our lives. We love and miss you today and forever. Your brother-in-law.
On the day of my uncles passing I woke up that morning with a NEED to be with him. At seven o'clock am I was there.As I was walking into the hospital room his phone was ringing and I got the last chance to hear that wonderful "HELLO" that just makes you light up inside when you heard it. It was no one on the other end, his phone would ring but he would not be able to hear the person on the other end. Hey nephew! Is what he said with a great big smile. He looked so good, his skin was clear, his hair was normal length with a tight shape as if he'd just left the barbara shop. I took him a balloon that read "get well soon" around a number of sporting signs. He thanked me and shook my hand with the same firm hand shake as always. For next few hours we talked about school, sports, Devere, and how he couldn't wait until thursday when they would let him go him. Later on that morning my aunt came in. She gave him a toothbrush to brush his teeth, she washed his face, and asked him a couple questions about the vibrators that they had on his legs. He replied that they were there to keep the circulation going through his legs. At lunch time my aunt and I went to the cafeteria for lunch, they were not open yet so she decided to return to his room I decided to wait until they opened. After lunch I headed back up to the room. I played spades with my aunt and after playing a couple hands I noticed that my uncle had nooded off, so I decided to take a short one too. I awoke to my uncle wide awake laughing and joking with his close friend Mr. Willingham and his wife. After a while of listening in on there conversation I decided that it was getting late, and thought that he and my aunt would want some time alone. So as I was preparing to leave he thanked me for coming, he told me how thankful he was that I came. I replied,It's no need to thank me, because I know that you would do the same for me." and he replied "with no question." "Is there anything you want me to bring with me tommorrow when I come?" I said. "Naw man, just bring you but thanks anyway nephew." he answered. " I'll call you tonight and see if you have thought of something you want me to bring." Goodbye! This is the story of the last time I spent with my Uncle,Mentor,Friend,and role model
I didn't have a father figure growing up here in Atlanta, but there was Uncle Prentis. Because of him he showed me what a father should be, and because of him I knew what kind of man I wanted to marry. Uncle Prentis and my aunt Yvonne were the first to accept my new husband I find that fitting. Uncle Prentis came into our lives for a short time to show us what it means to walk in the image of GOD. I will love you forever and miss you always. I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. Rest In Peace Uncle Prentis.
"Only the good die young." That's especially true in this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.
I was a year behind Prentis at St. Joseph High School, here in Atlanta. Of the many success stories that came from that little downtown school, his was one of the best. We were all very proud to be associated with him.
Godspeed Prentis Rogers.
"And again I will put my trust in him" Yvonne, and Devere rest, and find comfort in holding on to God's unchanging hands. Words alone cannot express my condolences for the void that I know you are experiencing. Please know that you are not alone..."He will never leave you he will always be there for you" kBeverly
Words can not express the sorrow that I feel. Prentis made a great impact on my life and I will never forget him. My prayers and thoughts will always be with the Rogers Family. The memories I will carry with me forever. To Yvonne and Devere, I love very much.
Mr. Rogers-a joyous and kind man,
One of the few, I am such a fan,
He will be missed but I am quite sure,
he will be one of God's angels forever more...
Remembrance of days gone by from our childhood days at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School brought a tear to my eye.
Though I moved to Jacksonville many years ago, I have never fallen out of love with the AJC's sports page. I often checked in my hometown's news and teams... and grew to be a big fan of Prentis' column. He never seemed to put himself before the story, and you knew you were getting reasoned ideas and opinions. Prentis' work will be missed by all the Sports fans of the Southeast.
May God comfort Mrs. Rogers and the family at this trying time.
Prentis,was a hero to me,because were I'm from,the men in the newspaper did'nt look like us(people of color)I'll always remember Prentis!!
Prentis was a friend to everyone, so I guess that I am not unique. However, I will still consider myself lucky to have known him. He was a fine person and a true professional. His comments in regards to my on air career were always honest which is all we, as journalists, should ever want. We are better people having known Prentis. God Bless.
On December 9th uncle prentis started his new life with christ. II Corinthians 5:17 says Therefore if any man be in christ, he is a new creature:Old things are passed away;behold all things are become new. Hearing of Prentis lost was so painful. Devere, Yvonne, and Mrs.Rogers I LUV U and yall are in our prayers. just remember to keep your head up. Remember uncle prentis has gone home and is know smiling down upon us now.I HEBREW 13:5 AND MATTHEW 28:20 says i will never leave you nor forsake you...Lo i will be with you always even until the end of the world.
loved your work,will miss you
You represented excellence. May God be with you and bless your family.
Prentis had big hair - and I just had hair - when we started at the AJC back in the early 80's. He was one of the most gracious and helpful people I ever met in this profession. We are poorer for his passing.
May God bless you and your family.
In an age where the media strives for attention at the expense of ethics and the truth, Mr. Rogers was a welcome contrast. I considered his writings therapeutic. I will certainly miss him , but I am grateful that he not only wrote to make his living, but that he wrote to live his making. God Bless the Rogers family.
Thanks Mr.Rogers for years of great and fair reporting. We will miss you greatly... God Bless
Prentis was one of only two editors on the desk on Fri. Dec. 5. No one knew that would be his last day in the office.
I came over to check on a story I had worked on for weeks. Most writers can relate to the uncertainty of whether the story we set out to write is the one that ends up on the computer screen.
My story needed a fresh pair of eyes. Those turned out to belong to Prentis.
“Oh it’s strong,” he said. “It’s strong.”
I walked away feeling on a cloud. In our fast-paced office, there is little time to give someone more than a, “Yeah, I got it, thanks.” When a compliment comes from someone who you respect, that means even more.
Prentis was such a person. He had the perfect temperament for daily journalism. He was laidback but engaged. He had a good sense of humor. He could shrug off politics and appear unruffled by much of anything. He offered a lot of enthusiasm and handled stories without a lot of hassle.
On deadline, his was a calm voice to hear on the phone.
I think of him saying to us now:
Be strong. Be strong.
We called ourselves the "old gunslingers." A small group of African-American reporters and editors from the AJC who get together from time to time. We gather at a little hole-in-the-wall on the Southside, listen to old R&B, talk sports, and nurse an adult beverage or two.
Prentis was the guy I most looked forward to seeing. I was the newcomer to the group and he always made me feel as if I had been there from the beginning — I was one of the boys. A friend. He was always in a good mood and never had a negative word to say about anyone. His smile could make anyone believe their day was about to get better.
He was true gentleman and I will miss him.
Yvonne, Devere, and Family,
Our prayers are with you at this time. With deepest sympathy.
Prentis would write seven TV columns a week and still smile.
He would be lobbied by every network, tv station and commentator and remain fair.
Even now with his passing, as we read this guest book, he's teaching us all about living.
Goodbye old friend.
I was shocked and saddened when I heared about Prentis. I could not help but cry tears for Yvonne and Devera. Prentis was a friend of my late husband, who passed away last year. Al ( Smitty ) always spoke so highly of Prentis and had great respect for him. I met Prentis several times and he was always a gentleman. I like to think he and Al are together, talking sports. I only hope his family can find comfort in knowing his was well loved by many. I know it will be hard on Yvonne and Devera. The grief and lose can be overwhelming, but faith and friends can help you. If I can be of any help, please let me know.
My thoughts and prays are with you.
I was truly saddened to hear the news about Prentis. His work was very refreshing as he to me was the only true sports writer/reporter at the AJC. I was a fan of his work and will miss him dearly. God bless you and your family and know that there are hundreds of thousands who love you and pray for you.
Yvonne, I truly understand your grief. My prayers are with you.
Mrs. Columbus Reid(Clara Mae)
I often read his columns while living in Atlanta. I pray for his family during this time of grief. He will really be missed. I hope his memory and spirit has helped all that came in contact with him during his brief time here.
As long as I have been able to read as a little boy growing up in ATL I have read Prentis Rogers. He was fair and also funny. He will truly be missed. Thanks for all the good memories.
I didn't even know you, but as I was reading the paper, I saw your obituary. To your son and mother pray to God and he will carry you when you can't carry yourself. I'm sure he will be miss.
Yvonne and the family,
We were not able to attend the funeral, but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love you all
John and Donna Smalley Moore
You have our deepest sympathy. May God be with you.
TO:YVONNE,DEVERE,&THE ENTIRE ROGERS FAMILY &AJC FAMILY :I was so shocked,saddened,&depressed,I was moved to tears to read of his sudden&tragically premature loss!As a same age&fellow native Atlantan,Prentis&I had so much in common the last 13 years.It was such an HONOR&PRIVILEGE to:1.Be his #1 fan of his column initially.2.Become friends over lunch&phone calls etc.over time 3.To attend his upbeat funeral &"Celebration of his life" 4.Be able to speak&share kind&heartfelt feelings,&thoughts during &after the service to his wonderful family.I will treasure all my extensive memories of Prentis forever!I know Heaven will be even better with Prentis waiting for us with that big smile,great voice,&gentle laugh&nature,especially now that he has touched so many lives both profesionally,&more importantly otherwise,both in the community& around the world!MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL&provide you with great strength in the days &weeks ahead. Sincerely, David Quin.
Mr. Rogers will be truly missed.
He was more than a family friend he was a godfather to me. He known me ever since I was just a baby now I am twelve. Uncle Prentis use to let me watch him write a news article on his laptop every time I visit. Just being close to him made me happy. To me he was a smart man and was very serious about his work. He was the greatest and he would stay in my memory. Rest In Peace I love you Aunt Yvonne and Cousin Devere.
I was surprised and saddened to hear that Prentis had passed away.
I talked to him a number of times over the years for his column.
I've worked in some cities where the TV/Radio writer truly enjoyed doing hatchet jobs. Not Prentis, he was always honest and fair.
He'll be missed.
In a field that can be dominated by ego over professionalism, Mr. Prentis Rogers stood apart. As a native Augustan and long time reader of the Journal/Constitution I salute the very positive influence he has had on his readers.
Prentis was a true gentleman. In a business that often promotes compromising ones value structure. Prentis remained true.
Mr. Rogers will defintely be missed! I always looked forward to his column and was proud to see what the brother had to say each time...
You are missed! Always fair! RESPECTED.!!!!!!
God Bless You And Your Family!
I always looked forward to Prentis' column. I really appreciated his writing style. I felt like I was having lunch with an old buddy of mine. We would just talk about sports and life in general. I never met Prentis' in this life. I hope he keeps writing in heaven. That will give me and others something else to look forward to once we get there!
You will be greatly missed.
I am saddened to hear of Prentis Rogers' death, and hopefully he is in a better place. My thoughts go out to his close friends and family.
I was saddened by the news of Mr. Rogers' death. I have been reading and enjoying his column for years. He was one of the few sports writers whose column I looked forward to reading. I pray that his family would find peace and healing in the legacy he left behind. He is truly irreplaceable.
I KNOW PRENTIS NOT ONLY AS MY COUSIN BUT AS MR. DJ A REAL DOWN TO EARTH GUY AND A REAL PERSON . ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP IN A TIME OF NEED. WE WILL WILL MISS YOU. AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU.
I KNOW PRENTIS NOT ONLY AS MY COUSIN BUT AS MR. DJ A REAL DOWN TO EARTH GUY AND A REAL PERSON . ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP IN A TIME OF NEED. WE WILL WILL MISS YOU. AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU.
The sofa was heavy, but it wasn't that heavy. "Oooh man! you dropped the sofa on my foot!"
It was hard to find someone to help you move furniture. But I always knew I could call on him and he was usually up to the task. He'd never dropped a sofa on my foot. But this time was different. It was the first time he saw Yvonne Manning. I was moving the sofa for her sister, Sandra Manning, a friend I'd met while working at Grady Hospital. Sandra was striking, smooth skin like chocolate silk that flowed into dimples when she smiled. Her sister,Yvonne,was like so in vanilla. But,I could've been hit by a bus and he wouldn't know. Barefoot in a halter top and wearing shorts she floated into the room just for a moment. But she was all I heard about
on the trip back. "What's" her name again?" "She got a boyfriend?" You ever take her sister out?" I tried to answer his questions by letting him know they were out of our league. Sandra's a nurse and Yvonne is a student at Georgia state. Sandra's dating guys like doctors and pro athletes and I'm seeing you!.."You know what we look like now?"" Moving
men!" He was quiet for a minute before he said " You know that part in the Godfather where Michael is in exile and he see's his first wife?" "Yeah,I said, I remember." "That's what I got...I got my thunderbolt." And over the sound of three hundred ninety cubic inches of Ford power and dual exhausts, I could hear his heart beat. No one ever loved truer, deeper or more faithfully. Thank you Yvonne for taking care of my friend "Prentis Rogers"
I deeply regret the passing of Mr. Rogers, and at such a young age. I enjoyed his work for years...one of the few columns in the paper that I went looking for. He was always interesting and very fair. His work was never inflammatory, but informational and in a very interesting way. I sent him several emails through the years in response to what he had written. He wrote me back each time, thanking me in a very friendly and kind way. I know he was a great person and I certainly will miss him.
God bless Prentis' family. He was a great reporter and I'm sure a great man.
Our prayers are with you and your family.
May God forever bless you and keep you strong.You will forever be in our prayers.
May God be with you and your family
The genuineness, the warmth, the social graces, the loyalty, all qualities which have become rare in human interaction today appropriately define Prentis Rogers.
He became my son's best friend since they met in high school. They were born one day apart, and have celebrated some birthdays together. But, this was not the reason we have always considered Prentis as one of the family. It was because of the inevitability of being attached to him for his engaging personality and his so polite ways.
We are very sad and we grieve with Yvonne and Devere; we are so sorry for and concerned about Mrs Mattie Rogers to whom Prentis had an absolute devotion. May God give all of you the strength to face life after Prentis.
Sometimes just a few words are enough to sum it all up: Prentis, I love you, I miss you, I will never forget you.
James and Katie extend our heartfelt sympathy during your hour bereavement
James & Katie Gay
Enjoyed reading his columns. a native Atlantan living in Florida, but followed via internet. This is Atlanta and the sports worlds loss.
Seldom is there a complete and genuine consensus about a man...but, it's true, my friend and former colleague was a gentleman, a pro and a man of integrity. May the good Lord receive him with open arms and grant his family the ultimate peace that transcends all understanding.
As a reader of AJC I always enjoyed the articles Prentis Rogers wrote. As I read these condolences and memories he was a man loved by many. May Gods love give the family and friends peace.
The Simmons family sends our prayers to the Rogers family. May the Lord be with you in your time of sorrow.
My fond memories are of our families long car trip from Virginia Beach with me behind the wheel. As I drove, Prentis kept me calm by responded fondly to my question of how he became a sport announcer and his decision to move into management. That was the longest conversation I ever had with him and will always remember it. Also when he read my son's favorite book at my son's funeral.
My prayers are with you Yvonne and Devere. I will always remember Prentis for making me feel welcome. The world would be a better place if more people cherished and respected the "love of family and life" that embodied the existence of Prentis Rogers.
To lose someone, is to not know where they are. Therefore, you haven't lost Prentis, because you know exactly where he is; in the presence of almighty God. We will all get to see him again one day. Our prayers are with you Yvonne & the entire Rogers family. May God strengthen you all during this difficult time.
Ed & lisa Jones
For 23 years I worked at Robins Air Force Base located in Middle GA. The last 6 I stayed down there during the week and would commute home on Friday. Then on Monday morning it was back to Robins. The first thing I read when I got home was his column to find out the good sports programs on the weekends. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person. But my daddy always told me "You can tell a man's character by the quality of his work". If that's so then Prentis was one heck of a man. I've missed him since he no longer worked for the AJC but I know that where ever he went he would put the same quality in his work there. Thanks for those days bygone.
I only knew Prentis from his writings. He will be missed, my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
My cousin, brother and friend. I will always remember Prentis. When ever I wanted to know anything about sports he was there to answer my questions. He would always call me the computer man. What a great man with a terrific smile and a great personality. I will always miss you and may God be with you and your family.
Goodbye to a great writer and wonderful person.
YVONNE,DEVERE,AND HIS MOTHER,
WE WERE SORRY TO HERE OF YOUR LOST. PRENTIS, WILL LIVE ON IN THE MANY LIVES THAT HE TOUCHED. OUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS , AND LOVE IS WITH YOU. MAY GOD GRANT YOU STRENGTH,AND COMFORT . LOVE, COUSINS CLUEASE AND PAT.
Uncle Prentis there are so many words which describe the impact you made on our family. You were our angel We had so many great times, especially on the cross-coutry tour and other vactions. because of your presence. We are blessed and grateful to have had you in our lives. Heaven must be beautiful for God to have chosen such a magnificent flower as you. We miss you and love you very much. This is not goodbye, because we will see you again.
Uncle Prentis made me laugh when I was crying. He always knew just the words to say with a special feeling for the way he saiid them. He understood the needs of a young man. I love you and miss you so much. Your nephew and friend. .
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Prentis Rogers. Atlanta has lost a true gem who will be sorely missed. I will keep the Rogers family and his co-workers at the A.J.C. in my prayers.
Enjoyed reading his columns and articles. I'll miss his wrting.
My deepest sympathy to his wife and family. May God be with them.
Prentis Rogers was a man of integrity. When I first started working in this town, the one thing that he told me from the start was that he'd always be fair. It doesn't seem that life was fair to Prentis. He will be missed.
May God bless and sustain you during your time of sorrow.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Yvonne and family. I only met Prentis on a few ocassions but I knew his wife to be a fine and well respected Lady. I am sure that was a great reflection on the man Prentis was. I will keep your family in my prayers. God Bless You And Keep You.
Deepest Sympathy. Remember earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.
In the period 1993-94 I had a morning talk show on WGUN Radio. It was news/talk at the time. Prentis was on his way to the station, to be a guest on my show. On the way over the transmission fell out of his car. We had a laugh about that fairly recently. He was one of the good guys.
Blessing to the Rogers family during their time of loss. He was a great writer for the AJC. I didn't know him but, I enjoyed is articles and I will miss seeing his pieces.
I came to Atlanta in 1995 and I can't remember when I started reading Mr. Roger's articles. It seems like he was always there when I read the AJC sports section. I am shocked and sadden by his passing. Blessings to his family. He is with our Lord and Savior. I am a Braves fan and I will miss his is great pieces on this team. To the Rogers family, what a blessing you had in him. His memory will never fade.
PRENTIS YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED.
With deepest sympathy we send our condolences. Prentis will be greatly missed at the Smalley Family gatherings. He and Yvonne were a joy to have in attendance. We love them both and wish God's grace and mercy on Yvonne and family during this time in their lives. May you find strength in the Lord.
I am shocked and saddened to learn of Prentis' passing. My heart goes out to the Rogers family in their time of need.
I will always love you and keep you in my heart. Love your cousin.
i truly must say that prentis rogers was one of the genuinely nicest people i have ever had the pleasure of knowing. he had an aura of warmth, dignity and quiet strength about him that would just envelop you when you were around him. prentis was like a big ol' bear hug - you just felt better when he was around. i feel blessed to have shared a place with him in his too-short time on this earth for he was, quite simply, a remarkable human being and i will miss him terribly. i guess God felt the same way and that's why He sent for him - He missed him, too........ our lives are a little darker now, a little colder, a little smaller.......ah, but above, a joyful noise rings out and the celebration begins as the heavenly hosts spread the joyous news: our beloved prentis has come home.
Prentis was one of my favorite cousin's and it hurts to see him part from us. We loved him with all our heart and we will continue to love him. He was a joyous, smart, caring, and generous person. But God is with him now and he will be happy beyond the gates of Heaven for all eternity.
Dear Yvonne,Devere, & The Entire Rogers Family,
While we know your hearts are heavy right now, we pray you will find great relief in the words shared in this guest book. What a wonderful tribute to your husband and father.
We thank God for having the privilege of truly knowing Prentis as a friend. So many times people are different in their professional lives than they are in their personal lives. Apparently, Prentis was the same wherever he went. He truly brought joy to all that crossed his path. He did more to touch lives in his short 50 years than most. We'll miss that big smile, but will always carry his love and kind gestures in our hearts. From The Quist Family: We love you, we bless you, we appreciate you and we thank God for you!
Words cannot express the loss of a loved one. God Bless the Rogers Family.
God is omnipresent and faithful and love He said in his word I go to prepare a place for you and I, will come again to recieve you unto myself. There are many mansions in my house and Prentis is in his house in God's presence and living forever in peace, I had the pleasure of meeting Prentis,Yvonne and Devere and was immediately overjoyed to meet such a wonderful family who took my son Arhmad under their wings just like family I am deeply sorry for your loss my door is alway's open anytime night or day love Trina & Arhmad
What a shock it was to learn of Prentis' death. Prentis was a wonderful man and very kind and gentle soul. He will be missed by the world of people who were blessed to know him. Maxine Chen, a close family friend.
deeply saddened by your loss ...
It's a great loss to our family.He was truely a brother to me that I never had.I will always consider him as my brother, just in spirit.May God bless him and keep him. I will always love you Prentis and keep you in my heart.
With Deepest Sympathy, Prentis will be truly missed.
The Woods (The Barber Shop I)
What makes this business so much fun and rewarding is the opportunity to meet individuals like Prentis Rogers...a true professional and always
accomodating...my prayers and condolences to his family and co-workers.
Long before we were roommates in Barcelona, before he was my supervising editor, Prentis and I spent two very strange and difficult years competing against each other covering the Atlanta Hawks, who during early 1980s were strange and difficult enough in their own right. There were more than several nights, either at the Omni or somewhere on the road, that we commiserated in the shared misplaced notion that this would be suitable way to spend a career.
But we got over it, got on with it and probably got better because of it. I can say this of no other man I have met in this profession: I never saw Prentis cross, never heard him say anything derogatory about anyone and never treated me with anything other than patience and kindness. And the Lord knows in the two years he was my editor, I gave him reason enough to feel otherwise. A couple weeks ago, he asked if I could cover a weekend Hawks game, my first NBA assignment in 13 long years. It would be the last assignment Prentis ever gave me, sending me out to where we first got to know each other 20 years ago, a rich coincidence that I know is amusing him to this very moment. Me too. Go in peace, my friend.
As a young African-American sportswriter, it's people like Prentis Rogers who inspired me and gave me hope that I can make it in this business. Though I wasn't able to meet him, I feel like I knew him. I was saddened to read that he's left us. My deepest condolences go out to the Rogers family.
I remember Prentis most vividly from Turner's Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1994. He was great to work with, a consummate pro and a joy to be around.
It was with great regret and sadness that I learned of the passing of Prentis. As a intern at the AJC this past summer I actually had the pleasure of sitting across from Prentis all summer, learning and admiring him as a person and journalist. He taught me a lot. I know he will be missed.
I was not ready to hear of the lost of my cousin and friend Prentis. God has truly called a wonder angel to watch over us. May God have a lamp in the path for Yvonne and Devere so they may always see their way through.
I was out after work one night, getting something to eat and saw fellow AJC'er Leo Willingham. Leo called me over and said I could join his group. Before Leo had a chance to introduce everyone, Prentis Rogers extended a wide-open palm.
"Hey, man! Sit on down and hang out with us," he said with that big smile.
I'd read Prentis' sports media columns and Hawks coverage before I joined the AJC, so I knew who he was.
But that night and everytime afterwards whenever I saw him, he treated me like he'd known me for years.
Prentis, I'll never forget your kindness. You will definitely be missed.
As a former AJC colleague of Prentis, I am deeply saddened by his passing. He was truly genuine with a hardy laugh and gentle spirit.
Prentis worked from home at the time, but several co-workers would occasionally get together for a late dinner and he would join us. One of those nights, Prentis was concerned that I had a long drive home and offered me the opportunity to stay at his home. I declined his gracious offer but never forgot the gesture, especially since I had never met his family, though I had spoken to his wife Yvonne on the phone.
My condolences to his family. He and they are in my prayers.
A tremendous loss, not only for the Atlanta community but for the whole sports community. A fellow Spartan, it brought a smile to my face to hear that defending me in a pick up game at Michigan State was a highlight for him.
Best wishes and prayers to the Rogers family.
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Prentis' passing. In the two short years I knew and worked with him, Prentis exemplified professionalism and integrity. My most sincere condolences to his loved ones. From one Spartan to another - Thank You Prentis.
It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Prentis. He was fair, honest, and objective. He was a person who could be trusted and he did not abuse the power that he had. His honor and class will long be remembered by me and he will be dearly missed.
As an avid reader of Prentis' writing since his days on the Hawks beat, I always enjoyed his perspective and humor. May God bless his family, and make room for him in Heaven's Sports department.
My first year at the AJC, Prentis took me under his wing and really turned lemons in lemonade. He would really crack me up when he would take an unintentionally funny email and award it his "EOTD" (email of the day). He would type ding-ding-ding throughout the email and I promise that I laughed so hard I blew chicken soup out of my nose one time. God, I am going to miss that man. Thanks for the laughter Prentis and showing me that life does not have to be so serious.
In the years I was privileged to know him, sadly only on a professional level, Prentis personified what is too rare in his business - class, dignity and fairness.
Prentis Rogers was a very warm and genuine person.
Even though he worked from home during my time at the AJC (1990-98), whenever he did come into the office, he always had a kind word.
He was that way with everyone. A young friend of mine was trying to break into the business and Prentis would take the time to talk to him on the phone and give him advice.
He was a terrific example of what a journalist should be.
My prayers go out to his family.
Besides being one of the true professionals of the AJC sports department, Prentis was also one of the truly nice guys in the business. He will be missed.
Prentis and I attended St. Joseph High School in Atlanta. The fondest memory I have of him was when we went to a football game together at Herndon Stadium. He was a nice gentleman, and will be trully missed.
My prayers go out to the family.
I didn't know Prentis well but always respected his work. I only heard good things about Prentis -- about how hard he worked and what a great guy he was.
TV sports columnist
Los Angeles Times
(30-plus years on the beat)
My smpathy and prayers are with
the family. I am thankful to say
that I had the opportunity to know
a great man "SKIP". He is a all
around great man. He will be trully
be missed. To Von , Ms Mattie,
Devere and family from my family to
yours WE LOVE YOU AND WE ARE
PRAYING THAT GOD WILL HELP YOU ALL
GET THROUGH THESE HARD TIMES. From
Ke'Andria (POOH) and UNCLE BOOT AND
THE WRIGHT FAMILY!!!
When I was an assistant sports editor at the AJC in 1990-95, Prentis worked primarily from his home, so most of our contact was by telephone. He was, as others have noted here, the consummate professional. But it was a real treat on the days that Prentis came to the office, because in a business not usually known for sunny dispositions, Prentis was truly the exception. After I left the paper I occasionally would ask for his assistance in navigating the TV-Radio beat, and he always went out of his way to help. Both personally and professionally, he will always rank as one of my favorite people.
My deepest sympathy.Prentiss had a quiet elegance and carried himself with class.A terrific writer and a good man.We will all miss him.
Being a 28 year Atlanta resident,(resently moved),I enjoyed the professional objectivity of Prentis Rogers, a great newspaper man.
I was deeply sadden to hear of Prentis's passing. Although we never met personally, he was a part of my professional life in Atlanta. He would often call for the latist information related to Cable Pay Per View. To all, Prentis got it right the first time. You will be missed.
I'll miss reading Prentis' articles. Don't you know Lewis Grizzard is glad to have a buddy he can talk sports with.
Though I didn't get to know Prentis as well as I would have liked, I will never forget seeing him relaxed at his desk every day, leaning back, having a friendly conversation with someone, laughing and smiling -- always thoroughly enjoying his days in the newsroom and making the AJC a happier place for the rest of us.
It just isn't the same around here without you, Prentis. We do miss your smile.
God bless the Rogers family in this time. My prayers are with you.
I am saddened by this terrible loss. I always enjoyed reading Prentis's articles. I would structure my weekends around what he wrote Friday, and catch up on monday with what i missed. We will miss you, Prentis.
Where do I begin....I didn't know Prentis Rogers as a explementary sport writer. I knew him as a loving husband and very proud father. When he talked about Devere, his whole face glowed. Matter of fact the last conversation I had with him was about Devere, Aretha, Tri-Cities and YEA. I was shocked that he had passed when another YEA/Tri-Cities parent called and informed me. It was disheartening that such wonderful person was not with us anymore. Every time we saw each other we always hugged. The entire family, especially Devere are awsome huggers. Love was always and still is with this family. I love you all, whenever you need me, let me know. Devere; log on tonight so your sister can talk to you....the warmth and love that your parents have for you, shows through you daily. I love you....Mama Rose
Even now, a smile comes when I think of Prentis. He was a charming, intelligent man. In the sports television profession, where so many take themselves so seriously, his sense of humor and balance were always welcome.
Prentis "got" life. He laughed and smiled and appreciated the little things.
This man was one of God's fine creatures. And he will be missed.
Our thoughts are with his family--remember him fondly--all who knew him will.
I didn't know Prentis Rogers. But from reading the articles about him as well as hearing the interviews regarding the man. I'm sorry I didn't. My hearts and thoughts go out to all that knew him. He seems to have had a wonderful impact on so many lives. God Bless.
Our thoughts prayers go out to the Rogers family.
The Sellers Family
I have been reading Pentis articles for many years, you will truly be missed.Thank you for your great sport coverages
I enjoyed reading his articles on the internet. He was very fair and objective.
When I was a college junior, majoring in journalism at Morehouse, we were given an assignment to interview a member of the media in Atlanta. I enjoyed Prentis' writing, so I called him first. I left a message and he returned my call, in spite of his busy schedule, within the hour. We chatted for nearly an hour, with him asking me just as many questions as I asked him. Though I ended up working for the paper a few years later, I never got the chance to meet Prentis in person. But we did chat over the phone. I'll never forget the kindness he showed this aspiring journalist back in 1989. Thanks Prentis. We'll miss you. God bless you and your family and loved ones.
This has been a very trying week and when I heard about Prentis on Tuesday, it really put things in perspective. And perspective was something that I really felt Prentis and I always shared. He was a good christian who walked the walk of a righteous man. Through 7 seasons (5 of them losing campaigns) in Atlanta, Prentis was one of those in the media I could count to remain consistent, true and fair. I look forward to meeting Prentis in heaven.
When I heard this horrible news Tuesday night, I immediately started to miss Prentis Rogers. In my mind, I heard that spontaneous, splendid laugh that never changed, no matter how frazzled the day's events or how late the hour.
Prentis loved people, and that was the bottom line. He loved his family at home and his family at work.
If Prentis was down about something, we never knew it or saw it. All we knew was the warm laugh and the caring personality that produced it.
All we now know is that our world has gotten a bit colder, but God's has gained some sunshine.
And that's how we're going to try and handle this.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rogers and AJC family. May God bless you with comfort during this time of loss. Prentis will be remembered as a class act in the sportswriting world.
Although it has been more than 20 years since I worked with Prentis in the sports department of the old Journal, I will never forget the good humor and rock-steady professionalism of this man we all loved. Today, in the wake of his untimely passing, the world seems a little less bright. May God bless his family and all who are reeling from this tragic loss. Rest in peace, my friend. You made our world down here a better place.
Prentis' smile was contagious.
His personality engaging.
To talk to him was a treat.
He was a competitor, a colleague, a friend.
He'll be missed.
TO THE ROGERS FAMILY
Prentis will live within the hearts of those he touched.
God bless the Rogers family, will keep you in my prayers.
My condolences to the Rogers family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Did not always agree with what he said but I read and enjoyed his column. He will be missed.
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Rogers' passing. I've enjoyed his work for many years and I will miss his writing. May God bless his family members as they work through their grief.
In the early 90's, I enjoyed Prentis' TV/Radio columns immensely, and I expected his insight and writing talent would garner him national exposure. When I moved back to Atlanta this year and noticed his column missing, I was sad. Now I am really sad. But it is nice to read others' words that reveal how respected he was as a person. My deepest sympathies to the Rogers and AJC families.
My condolences to the Prentis Rogers family. His life here will be missed but in heaven they are elated that he his back home. A talented sports writer.
He will be greatly missed and may his soul rest in HEAVEN!
To the Family,
I met Prentis a couple months ago. We talked about my appreciation of his work and my enjoyment of several writers at AJC. He was very nice and approachable which was a blessing. He did not have to bless me with his attention, obviously he was special. In that brief encounter he will not be forgotten.
My prayers and heart goes out to you.
Last month, I called the sports desk on deadline. I was hectic. A calming voice answered. It was Prentis. In typical fashion, he asked me how I was doing. Here it was deadline, everyone was frantic, and Prentis still made time for some coversation, albeit brief. It really touched me, and and that very moment I said:
"Prentis, you know I have never told you this, but I want to thank you for always being so friendly and always taking interest in other people, including myself. You just don't know how much that means to people. I remember when I first started working at the AJC ... Well, you were a big name and had your picture in the paper every day. And not only did you did you take time to learn my name, you also took time to learn about me. Thank you."
He paused for a few seconds, caught off guard. Then he said he appreciated the kind words. He said it was the only way he knew to be.
I am grateful I had the chance to tell him that.
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Prentis Rogers' passing. Although I never met him I always enjoyed his articles and felt him to be a fair and decent sports journalist. He will be sorely missed.
I am lost for words at this time about Mr. Roger's death. I will miss his article immensely. I always thought his comments were bright and informative. R.I.P. Victor
Prentis even tho you were my cousin ,I have always loved you as a brother. I miss you man. Your big brother BILLY. MAY GOD BLESS OUR FAMILY. OMER (BILLY) ROGERS
Furman Bisher said it best when he wrote 'Prentis was one of the most warm, gentle, generous, good-spirited people I ever knew'.
I was fortunate enough to work with Prentis for year, and Mr. Bisher is right about the kind of person Prentis was.
Prentis tried to make things better by giving more of himself to the job and co-workers. He is one of the best editors I've ever worked with.
All of us who have worked with Prentis feel the loss and miss his positive attitude around the newsroom.
God keep you Prentis.
To the family and friends: My deepest sympathies to you. Although I did not know Mr. Rogers personally, I felt a kinship with him through his work. As I read his columns, so many times I felt he had taken my thoughts and feelings and put them down on paper for all to see. I've followed his columns from whereever I have been and he made me feel at home. I'll miss that. Thank-you.
My best memories of you will always be of the teen years when you and my brother Albert would spend hours listening to Santana, Chicago, Jimi Hendrix, Earth, Wind & Fire, etc..... It was a good time. Yvonne, Devere and Mrs. Rogers, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless all of you.
Lydwine "Wine" Armand-Miller
"God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them: male and female he created them, ( Genesis 1:27). To God, each of us is remakable because each of us has been created in His image.. When I think of that scripture I think of how great of a man my Uncle Prentis was. Just as no one else can fill the empty place left in my family by the loss of my uncle.Auntie Yvonne I know this is hard for you to bare but just look to the hills whenc cometh your help..Life hold many good-byes for all of us, some are temporary and some are not.All of them can be painful.But God's word gives us comfort and hope.This good-bye of Uncle Prentis is only temporary we will meet him again.I wonder will you meet me there.I love you Prentis but God loved you best, sleep on and take your rest.Forever in my heart
Dear Devere Rogers,
I was caught off guard today when I saw the news of your dad's passing. I never met him, but much like another AJC legend Lewis Grizzard, I had grown to truly enjoy your dad's take on whatever topic he was writing about. I am 37, and also lost my father two years ago this December, so I can relate to your and your mother's situation. Our prayers are with you. I can't recall ever coming away from a Prentis Rogers column without having a "good feeling" knowing that the few minutes I invested to read his words had been a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. He will be missed. God Bless. -RDM
To a large degree, I owe my career as a journalist to Prentis. And Hubie Brown.
At the time, I was a stringer for the Columbus Enquirer. In my career, few experiences were more instructive than watching Prentis work -- especially after the games when we would listen to Hubie Brown's blistering postgame comments. Brown's remarks rarely were exclusively about that night's Hawks performance. Oftentimes they were directed at members of the media who asked what he considered ill-conceived questions.
Prentis was on the receiving end of many of Brown's berating, yet he asked his questions without fail. He did his job.
After venting, Brown answered him without fail.
One night I asked Brown a question that did not pass his muster. He glared, sighed, then bellowed, "WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER THIS KID'S QUESTION?!! I JUST SAID ..."
So mortified by Brown's vehemence, my ears never processed the rest of his response. So undone by my unworthy question Brown ended that night's media session.
I just sat there with my dignity pooling around my ankles. Then, as an exiting Brown brushed past me into the hallway, Prentis came up to me, leaned in, smiled, patted me on the shoulder and said, "Welcome to the club."
His unflappable, graceful example girded me for my career in journalism.
Thank you, Prentis.
I am deeply saddened by the news of Prentis's passing. We were classmates at Our Lady of Lourdes and I always will remember his kind heart and big smile. My thoughts and prayers are with your family Mrs. Rogers. You will be sorely missed Printis. God bless.
Personally and professionally, Prentis was a bringer of laughter and knowledge who shared both freely. The time spent listening to and learning about music with him - and speaking of loved ones, life and sports - is a treasure time will not tarnish. He remains a blessing to family and friends.
Our love and prayers are with you. Prentis "Skipper" will be missed!
Your Chicago Cousins
Prentis spoke for us all, while rarely drawing attention to himself; he was a perfect journalist. Now who's gonna tell me what to watch?
I have nothing but fond memories of working with Prentis at the Journal in the early 80s. He had a kind, beautiful spirit and a good sense of humor. My condolences to his family and co-workers.
During my husband's illness, we got a note from a stranger that said, "Remember, you are loved and prayed for by strangers." To the Rogers family: remember, we do love you, we do pray for you, and we do share your loss. What a writer he was. God be with you--
As a reader of the AJC, I always enjoyed the articles that Prentis Rogers wrote. My prayers are with his family as they go through this period of mourning.
The Rogers' family is in our prayers. We will miss Prentis' great articles.
The Fellows Family
I will never forget those friendly words and warm smile that seemed to light up the whole world. My prayers go out to the Rogers family.
Always enjoyed his articles.
I had the honor of working with Prentis for over 10 years in the Sports Department and he truly was a gentleman and always had a smile. I know Prentis is with God and I pray for comfort for his family. He will greatly be missed.
December 11, 2003
A tremendous loss, not only to the Atlanta community but to the whole sports community. Best wishes and prayers to the Rogers family.
I always enjoyed reading Prentis Rogers' articles for the AJC. He was an honest person who will be missed.
In my 18 years at the AJC, I cannot think of a more popular guy in our sports department. Always genuinely interested in the lives of his co-workers. Never had a bad word to say, never had one said about him. Best memories are you and I doing the 4am-noon shift, putting out the Journal sports section about 15 years ago. Our ''lunch'' was an 8 a.m. breakfast buffet at a local bank, and a daily joke was how nasty-looking but great-tasting that chipped beef was on a hot biscuit. You had a great wit, and we can't replace you.
dear dear prentis,we will forever miss your beautiful smile.you were such a kind spirit. yvonne,devere and miss mattie you have my deepest sympathy. we love you. your cousin eunice rogers
I still can't get Tuesday night's phone call from Tom Whitfield out of my mind. Prentis was more than just another guy I worked with, he was my friend. We worked together for years at the AJC and he made it a better place. I believe, The Claw, as he was known for his "deft touch" at first base on our company softball team, has moved on to God's team and He couldn't have made a better choice. Thank you for always being you. I'll carry that smile fo yours in my heart forever. ...
We are very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I was saddened to hear of Prentis' death. I remember seeing him only about a week ago, coming up the venditeria steps, greeting me with his wonderful, warm smile. It cheered me up in a deep, fundamental way, and lingered for days. I'm sure the memory of that brief moment will keep shining for me.
To the entire Rogers Family including the AJC Staff.
How saddened I am at the passing of Prentis Rogers. How I enjoyed reading his sports coverage while working in Atlanta at WSB-TV. He was a great journalist who loss wil be felt by all who came to know him.
I will keep you all in my prayers.
In all the years I worked with and knew Prentis, I cannot recall a single time when his smile wasn't his most dominant feature - it was always there. He was a kind and lovely man who had a gift for making others feel as happy as he always seemed to be. What a loss.
To the Prentis Rogers family,
With deepest sympathy. His articles and insight will surely be missed by many.
Just a reader,
My deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Prentis Rogers. He was not only a talented journalist, but a terrific person, as well. He will be missed.
I knew Prentis in college at MSU. He and I watched the MLB draft together when Scmidt and Brett were taken 1-2. We used to sit in the student center doing our homework and play a game using the uniform numbers of athletes. Prentis always beat me by about 20 or 30. If you are looking down on us now, Prentis, I just want to say God bless and # 45, Archie Griffin!
Be strong and lean on God. He will supply all of your needs. My prayers are with you, Devere and the rest of the family.
As a former TV sports columnist here for the Philadelphia Daily News, Prentis and I shared many a phone conversation in our ``younger'' days in the business. Finally meeting him for lunch while in Atlanta in 1994 was a memorable, fun day. Unaware of his illness, his passing came as a great shock to me. This great business that is newspaper sportswriting will greatly miss his voice, dedication, talent and committment in many ways. It was an honor to know him.
I was saddened to read today of the passing of Prentis Rogers. When I was the Sports Information Director at Berry College, I contacted the AJC regularly. Sometimes when I would call the sports department on the phone, a very pleasant voice picked up and said "Hello, this is Prentis." We shared some small talk every now and then, but I could tell he was a genuine man and I enjoyed reading his work in the paper. He seemed to young to pass, and I'm sure that being such a regular figure in the sports journalism scene in Atlanta, he will be missed by many people. My sympathies go out to his family, as well as his friends at the AJC.
Although I have only been in this business for a few years, it is easy to recognize good, unbiased sports journalism. Mr. Rogers delivered this on a daily basis. I was shocked to hear of his passing and offer my prayers and sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues. The AJC and the state of Georgia lost a good one.
Walker County Messenger
great work we'll miss you
December 11, 2003
I have known Prentis for the last four years or so. His honesty, integrity and candor in covering our business were very refreshing. His fairness, warmth and personality should be an inspiration to everyone.
President, Turner Entertainment Group
Really enjoyed reading his articles. He will be sadly missed. Prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace my "Bro".
As Program Manager of WSB-TV in the 70"s,80"s and early 90"s i came in contact with Prentis on many occasions.....I always found him to be fair and equal in his reporting and i really enjoyed our off the cuff discussions about sports....may God bless him and keep him. A.R. Van Cantfort
I am deeply sadden by the lost of Prentis Rogers,and pray that his family stay strong in the lord. May God bless you.
To the family:
A couple of days before Prentis went into surgery, I told him that I would continue to pray for him. He said, "Oh, please do. Definitely. Keep it up, because I believe in the power of prayer." In other words, Prenits also believed in the power of God, who never makes a mistake. During my 19 years at the AJC, I saw Prentis as a fine writer, a fine editor and an even better person. The shock that I still have over Prentis' death is giving way to the knowledge that he is in a better place.
I am saddened by the news of one of the great reporters. I will miss Mr. Rogers' articles each day on the net. My deepest sympathy to his family.
to the rogers family,keep looking up knowing that god makes no mistakes,and that brother rogers is is smiling on you. may god continue to bless you deacon sherman ingram and family.
To the family of Prentis Rogers:
As a former member of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball team I fondly remember Prentiss from the respect that I received from him in his coverage of the team. As a person I would like to express my sorrow at hearing of his passing. I know that I had not seen him recently (Do not attend many games), but I would like to thank his family for sharing him with us.
To the family of Prentiss Rogers:
As a former member of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball team I fondly remember Prentiss from the respect that I received from him in his coverage of the team. As a person I would like to express my sorrow at hearing of his passing. I know that I had not seen him recently (Do not attend many games), but I would like to thank his family for sharing him with us.
I am very, very saddened to hear about teh sudden passing of Prentis. Throughout my years at Turner I have always enjoyed talking with him about basketball and television. Prentis was always fair about his articles and job and was a true professional. I will miss him greatly.
TNT NBA Analyst
May God Bless and Keep you for we are better person's for having known him, and we will miss him and his writings. I'm sure God will have a wonderful place for him.
Prentis was a gentleman through and through. I can think of no time in the 10 years I've worked with him that he was anything but positive and kind. A true angel has been called home. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
I always enjoyed his columns, and tended to agree with most all of them, except for a couple. He was a positive male role model to an African American community starved for positive male role models. I extend my condolences to his wife and kids.
For several months now, I have wondered what had become of Prentis Rogers. I really missed his column in the AJC. Just last week, I did an Internet search trying to locate Prentis. However, I was unsuccessful. And then this morning while listening to news report, I was saddened to hear of his passing.
Prentis was a very talented writer. Although I never met him, I felt that his character and personality came out in his writing. He will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
The depth and breadth of responses here show how much Prentis meant to everyone. He mattered to the people he covered: Skip Caray, Ernie Johnson, Mark Cuban. He mattered to present and former colleagues: Jack Wilkinson, Roy Johnson, Chip Towers, Darrell Simmons, even me (AJC Class of '83-'84). He mattered to the public relations people he worked with: Jamie Kimbrough, Amy Pempel, Dan Bell. He mattered to the writers with whom he shared a beat: David Barron, Richard Sandomir and even me, again. And, most of all, he mattered to the readers.
What better legacy to leave.
It was a pleasure to work both beside him and on the other end of the telephone. As kind, calming and compassionate a man as ever graced a newspaper page.
My deepest condolences,
May God be with you and your family. Yvonne, Prentis touched many lives through his life and words. Take comfort in his words. His columns will be missed.
I shared one of the best experiences of my life with Prentis and I wanted to share it with you. We spent four hours in a blimp over Barcelona Spain the day before the Opening Ceremonies for the 1992 Summer Games looking at this spetacular city and all the venues for the games. The sunset was so beautiful from there and when we got off the blimp we looked at each other and said, "Was that the coolest experience or what!!" We were like two kids that had been to Disneyland for the first time and we went back to the AJC Bureau at the Press Center and were giddy from the experience. Someone snapped a picture of us togehter and every time I look at it I think of that day.
Thanks for your many contibutions to the Atlanta sports world. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rogers family.
Prentis Rogers will be missed. I met Mr. Rogers while covering Atlanta Hawks games for WRAS-FM at Georgia State in the late 70's and early 80's. Prentis treated me like an equal and I was just reporting for a college radio station while he was covering the NBA for the AJC.
I never forgot his advise and interest in my work. Prentis Rogers was a gentleman and cared a great deal about this city and his craft.
My family and I send our condolences to the Rogers family. It's pretty amazing when you can feel the spirit of a man through his writing. God bless you all.
I am shocked and saddened to hear the news that Mr. Prentis Rogers has passed on. I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to his family and all of the people who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Mr. Rogers once filed a story about me on the fromt page of the AJC sports section. In that story he told Atlantans about a very dark and troubling time in my life. He was fair and objective. during the interview for the piece. I was distraught and deeply depressed at the time. I will never forget Prentis' warm and encouraging manner. He comforted me greatly, while never crossing the line of integrity and professionalism. I will hold on to the memory of his caring voice from that time.
I shall also hold on to his example of professionalism and class. There are far too few examples of how to do it right. Now, the fourth estate is without one of the best. Well done my man, well done.
fine journalist,terrible loss.
I TRULY ENJOYED THE ARTICLE MR.ROGERS WROTE WHEN I OPENED MY PAPER HIS ARTICLE WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT I WOULD READ MAY YOU REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE GOD BLESS THE FAMILY
So long, Prentis. I'm glad I knew you.
Prentis, you will be sorely missed, in the Atlanta community, within the AJC sports family and to everyone you have graced with your writing talent and flair for airing the important issues in sports journalism. My best goes to the Rogers family and may you rest in peace.
TO THE FAMILY OF PRENTIS ROGERS:
May the Good Lord Bless You and Keep you in his Prayers During Your Hour of Sorrow.
With Sympothy, Dr. Booker Poe & Staff.
Mr. Rogers was the ultimate professional. I enjoyed the few dealings I had with him as an ex collegiate coach, but more than that I followed his stories because they were informative and fair. He will be missed.
loved reading Prentis articles via internet, from Texas. Very sorry.
I will remember Prentis as an accomplished writer and critic, but also as a warm and genuine man with a contagious smile. We will miss you, and we hope that you win that fantasy baseball league in the sky!
May God Bless his wife, son and mother.
I'm devastated by the news. I was lucky to have spent so much time with Prentis on the phone and at events during my NBC days. Prentis was a joy to work with. I thought the world of him.
Goodyear Blimps PR
Prentis was a very talented writer, and I enjoyed reading his columns. My prayers are with your family.
It was a privilege to work with Prentis. My brother also worked with Prentis years ago, so two members of my family were made better for knowing Prentis.
Prentis' beautiful, warm smile brought us all a lift. His kindness and professionalism were unmatched. It's easy for us journalists to be tough, egocentric or self-centered. It's hard for us to be gentle, composed under pressure and patient. Prentis showed us perfectly that it is possible to be a great journalist and a wonderful person. If we all tried to be a little like Prentis, our business would be the bettter for it.
I am thankful I had the opportunity to work with him, and I feel grateful for the lessons he taught about life just by quietly, professionally doing his work and helping the rest of us do ours.
Yvonne and Devere and Mrs. Rogers, I pray that God will hold y'all close and comfort you with his loving mercy during this time of heartbreaking loss. As for Prentis, we know he is with the angels, awing them with that beautiful smile and compassionate spirit he shared withus on Earth.
Thank you so much for years of wonderful service. My prayers are with the family. God bless you.
Deepest sympathy to the Rogers family.
I was fortunate to be the first person at the Atlanta Journal sports department to know Prentis. He and I spoke together at a career day at Georgia State, and we got to spend some time together that day. When I got back to the office, I sang his praises, and before long, he was working with us. He was always a true gentleman and a dedicated journalist. And I know he'd like to hear that he was a great first baseman in softball, too... Prentis "The Claw" Rogers. He loved that nickname! It was always enjoyable to be with Prentis - in the office or on the softball field.This is a tremendous loss.
Words are not adequate to express the loss of this extraordianry journalist. I will miss reading his wonderful articles. The prayers of my family are for comfort and peace for his family.
A true professional and even better human being. We're all so stunned and deeply saddened by his loss.
My deepest sympathy to the Rogers family. Prentis will be an awesome sports writer in heaven.
Although I never met Mr. Rogers. I read his column in the AJC. I was shocked to hear of his death. My deepest sympathy to his family.
My family has been blessed to have had Uncle Prentis in our lives. We'll remember his goofy dance, his love of movies and music, his dedication to his family and friends and to his work. I'll always remember him as being my Uncle Prentis. He will truely be missed.
Prentis was one of the nicest, most gratious people I have ever met. His loss will be felt deeply in the journalism world. Prentis simply was a prince among us.
Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY
I was saddened to hear the news of the passing of my high school classmate. Prentis was always a happy person and I enjoyed watching him play basketball in high school. His articles were enjoyed by many and I was always proud to say that he and I were high school classmates. He never changed. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family for I know that he is in God's hands.
St. Joseph's Catholic High School
Class of 1971
Yvonne, I only knew Prentis a short while since I just recently joined the AJC. I sat right next to him every day and in that time, Prentis extended his kindness toward me, and always had a smile or laugh to share. For that, I am very grateful. He was so proud of his son and excited about his future -- maybe on the Big Screen! I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that in this time of grief that you'll embrace the comfort of the Holy Spirit and rely on the strength of God to carry you.
With deepest sympathy and sincerity,
I worked with Prentis for several years at the AJC where I wrote the first TV-Radio sports column, which Prentis then took over. He was a quality man, a great human being, that always had a smile on his face and a good word in his heart. He was a credit to journalism, but more importantly, a credit to humanity. He will be sorely missed. I will keep his family in my prayers.
I was deeply saddened to learn of Prentis' passing. He was one of the nicest people I've ever known. My condolences to his family.
I spoke with Prentis only twice -- once on the elevator and once when he was looking to get a photo for a Hawks game. He was one of those people whose gentle spirit and kindness immediately touches you. I'm grateful to have met such a warm, sincere person. He'll be missed.
I never met Prentis and it sounds like I really missed something. But I admired and enjoyed his writing. My sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Prentis over the past five years, working with him and as his teammate in our NASCAR fantasy league. He was a first-class man with a good heart. I’ll always remember Prentis and feel very fortunate to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the sports media industry's truest gentlemen.
I had the honor of knowing and working with Prentis during my years working in media relations at Turner Sports in the late '80s.
What I remember most about Prentis was his generosity, warmth and the genuine respect he showed to all, regardless of their talent or position. And of course his skills as a fair and knowledgeable journalist.
We kept in touch over the years, for which I will be forever grateful and I will cherish the memories of those conversations always.
Yvonne, my prayers and thoughts are with you and may God bless and keep you and your family during this difficult time.
My condolences to the Rogers family. I always enjoyed reading Prentis' columns and will miss him very much. You will be in my prayers.
Our prayers are with you...
Wymond, Beverly, and Brad
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Prentis Rogers. Thanks always for his taking the time to list WREK's sports broadcasts alongside all the other higher profile events around Atlanta.
Years ago I worked at a small market radio station in Griffin, GA. Back before stock car racing was the cool "in" thing our station offered special coverage from Atlanta Motor Speedway (then Atlanta International Raceway). I remember talking to Prentis, at home, about our plans for upcoming coverage. Although we were small time players in the big picture of Atlanta media he always gave us good coverage and seemed genuinely interested in our broadcasts. He even took the time to give us congratulations when our programs were recognized for awards from the Associated Press.
Most all of us started in a small market and when guys like Prentis Rogers of the AJC treat you like equals it means a lot.
Thank You Prentis you will be missed.
I have always enjoyed Mr. Rogers' column. I was shocked to hear and read of his passing. My condolences to his family
Though it's been many years since I worked with Prentis at the AJC, his warmth of character is not something one forgets. What a kind soul he was. My prayers to the family.
Deepest sympathies to the Rogers family. Prentis was one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure to work with. I never saw him down and I never heard a negative word come out of his mouth. He will be greatly missed. May God bless you and give you strength in this time of mourning.
What a great talent and such a tragic loss. I always enjoyed Prentis articles and his viewpoint was always very well expressed. My condolances to his family.
May God's sweet grace give you peace
The state of Georgia has lost a talented journalist, and a great sports mind. We appreciate the time we had to enjoy the talents of Prentis Rogers.
WGAC-AM, Augusta, Ga
One of the most pleasant people I ever had the privilege of knowing.
My prayers are with you, Devere, his mother and other family/friends. I am truly blessed to have known Prentis and that I was able to have spent time with you all over the many years that we have been close friends. The loss is felt by myself, as well as, my family. We are here for you and your family. Your faith will keep you strong through this sad time. I love you and know that Prentis is an ANGEL in heaven.
Prentis was a one of a kind professional who really knew what life was all about. I will miss the "thoughts of the day" he emailed me. Godspeed, Mr Rogers!
I have known Prentis since the first grade and never really lost contact over the years. When we would see each other after a year or so since our last conversation, we would pick up as though it had only been the night before. My fondest memory of Prentis in a professional setting was when he was doing background pieces for the AJC on concerts coming into town. He allowed me to accompany him on his interview of Gary Burton, a jazz vibe artist. Prentis, a very young writer at that time, was as polished and professional then as he was to be years later. Yet he never lost the common touch. I will miss my friend, and I extend condolences to his family
Prentis will be greatly missed.
I'm shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Prentis. I had the opportunity to work in the sports department with Prentis for two years and he was a true professional.
During my time on the copy desk of the sports department, I never tired of talking with Prentis. He was always nice and congenial to me. And on a professional note, his columns never needed editing. A true nice guy.
I'm deeply saddened by the loss of such a talent. He was a great writer, but more importantly, a great man that this city will miss.
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Rogers and his wife once..I can truly say that they are two beautiful people..my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family..may God continue to keep you and bless you thru this time of sorrow.
To the Rogers family,you have my deepest sympathy. Prentis will be missed greatly. Being a coach myself, I could appreciate the wonderful articles that Prentis wrote.
I am deeply saddened by the news of Prentis. A pleasure to work with in my days at UGA. My thoughts go out to his family and AJC colleagues.
My condolences to the Rogers family. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
A delegation of British Columbians I was with visited Atlanta during the Olympics. Prentis was a very gracious host and treated us like we were royalty even though we were simply a group of Canadien Mayors visiting the US to see how "things are done in the big city". Prentis did everything with us from taking pictures to serving as host. I was taken aback when I heard the news yesterday and our prayers are with his family.
My heart and prayers go out to the Rogers family.I pray that God will put his mighty arms around you and your family.Prentis and i share a little bit of history together,and i hate that i never ever tried to contact him.But Prentis and i share a mutual friend his name is Darrell Walker aka 'Yellow Bear"
I am from Lansing,Michigan the home of MSU,and that is where Prentis went to school.Darrell and i went to high school together and i saw Darrell about 3 years ago when i went home and he told me about a school buddy of his named Prentis Rogers who was a sports writed in the ATL.I told Darrell i was very
much aware of Prentis and his work.
So i know that Prentis was great people and that his touch on us will forever loom large!
GOD BLESS THE ROGERS FAMILY
WITH KEEP YOU ALL IN PRAYER
I loved Prentis. He seemed to have a natural understanding of life and
Her ways. I will really miss his laugh and hearing him say,"aw come on now". During my years in Atlanta
and with all that went on Prentis was ALWAYS THERE. "A FINE EXAMPLE
If only one more chat to discuss who the new Falcon coach should be!
Goodbye My FRIEND.
Deepest reqrets, The Pettiford Family.
Dear Yvonne. My heart breaks for you. Prentis was a good friend and those of us from his MSU family deeply mourn his passing. Know that you and Devere are in my prayers and that Prentis and his friend and my husband Mark,(who passed Nov 30) are in heaven reliving good times. Hang in there girl, then wipe away your tears so you can see where God is leading you. Love to you and the family. Beverly "chip" Jenkins
We have lost a talented man and I have lost a friend. He was a gentleman in the true sense of the word.
Having studied at the University of Georgia, the AJC was a daily must for me, especially the sports section. I always enjoyed Mr. Rogers' columns and his perspective on sports and the people involved. I will miss his work and his insights. Michael Lloyd
I met Prentis during an interview shortly after I bought the Mavericks. He was one of the few media types I respected and I felt like he was always fair and balanced with his writing. God Bless you Prentis and Go Mavs!
Very sorry to hear of Prentis' passing. Always enjoyed talking college basketball with him during my daily visits to the AJC sports department. He will be missed.
Georgia State University
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Prentis Rogers. Reading of his columns when we had access to the internet was a must of mine and I will miss his insight and knowledge of the events that he covered.
Please accept my deepest sympathies. As a high school coach, I have known Prentis since he first started coving high school sports in the Atlanta area. He was always professional and loved his job. He will be missed.
In a rush to live life, I took Prentis Rogers for granted as being a part of my daily ritual of reading the AJC. He will be surely missed by me and millions alike, may God be with his family in their time of need.
you were an excellent writer for the AJC and your going to be missed very much Prentis
RIP Prentis Rogers 1953-2003
The shock of losing Prentis is immense.He has been a true example of propriety in the newspaper business and as a person.We will miss his humor and the warmth of personality. It has long been a matter of pride that I recommended him for a job with the Atlanta Journal almost 25 years ago.He is a credit to our profession, and our comdolences and prayers are offered for his family.
Prentis was a dear friend. We met at Michigan State University in 1972. He was one of the people that made me feel welcome to Mainland United States. He loved people, he loved life, he loved his family and he loved his profession.
I am shocked by his early departure and I am deeply saddened by the fact that I failed to visit him or seek him out as often as I should have, always planning to do it in the future.
My deepest condolences to Yvonne and Devere and to his mother. Please be strong and live on knowing that Prentis touched the world and wants only the best for his people.
St. Croix, Virgin Islands
I was deeply saddened to read about the passing of Mr. Rogers. Though I never had an opportunity to meet him personally, I felt a personal connection as I enjoyed his columns in the AJC. I feel as though I lost a brother. Donnie Perry
I always enjoyed reading his columns. He will be sorely missed. Wishes to the family.
rest in peace Prentis, may God bless the family
There are not enough Prentis Rogers
in our life. He gave light in
his writings and his life to lead us
up a better path. God will bless him for what he was on earth.
prentis was as professional, and as genuinely nice a man, as i've ever met in this business. i can't believe he's gone. he enabled me to go to oklahoma last summer to talk to warren spahn, for which i'll be forever grateful. he was so real, and kind, and such a sportsman and newspaperman, he even had me greeting him each day with, "go hawks."
bless you, prentis.
Dear Rogers Family:
I am deeply saddened by the news of Prentis. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. While we hadn't spoken in a few years, I will always have fond memories of Prentis...a true professional and a great gentleman.
Athens Olympic Broadcasting
My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to Mr. Rogers' family. He touched lives he never came in contact with, always in a positive way. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Rogers. He will be sorely missed, as well as his columns. R.I.P
Pleasantness. I can think of no better way than that to describe Prentis Rogers' demeanor. I sat back-to-back to Prentis in the newsroom for years and I don't ever recall him being in a foul mood. Always pleasant, always polite, no matter the situation or cirsumstances. I'll miss him dearly.
Other sportswriters would make me shake my head because they were so off-base. Prentiss would make me shake my head because he was so spot-on. The AJC Sports section won't be the same for me...
I really enjoyed reading Prentis columns. I grew up in Atlanta and I remember when he first started. He was an inspiration to me and my friends. I have been away from Atlanta for a while now but I still read the Atlanta papers via internet or purchasing at a newspaper stand. I will truly miss Prentis articles..may god bless him
I remember Prentis as a quiet, competent professional who went about his job with a sense of dignity. Back in the '70's at The Omni it was interesting watching Prentis and the late Chico Renfro cover some of the same sports events. They both were great reporters, but Chico went about his job in a way that reminded me of the way Willie Mays played the outfield. Prentis, on the other hand, did things with the grace and ease of Hank Aaron...he made his job look easy.
May God's grace give comfort to the Rogers' family in their time of sorrow.God bless you.
I truly enjoyed Mr. Rogers' work. I looked forward to his columns weekly. May God bless the surviving kin who knew him best.
A terrific writer and a great human being. Genuine, kind, honest, classy...the list goes on and on. Everyone I know always looked forward to hearing from Prentis. It was a privilege to work with him and a bigger privilege to call him a friend. God bless him and his entire family.
I'm just a reader who always noticed a positive tone to his writing. I am saddened by his passing.
You will be missed, Mr. Rogers. You were a fine and intelligent writer, who brought a refreshing balance to your work.
Yvonne, I am very saddened to hear about Prentis. I am praying that our Lord who loves you so dearly will bless you in the coming days.
"With Heartfelt Sympathy"
May He Comfort You Now
Love from Nita and the Family
His smile...his laugh...his easy going nature....his professionalism....his dedication to his job and his family. Those are the things that come to mind when I think about Prentis. I can't remember one phone call or one face to face visit in the TNT studio that didn't include laughs and conversation about family. Sure we'd talk business--he had columns to write--but there was so much more to him than what his job entailed. So long to a talented writer, devoted husband and father, and a true friend.
Ernie Johnson, Jr.
Words cannot express how sad I am at the loss of my friend Prentis Rogers. When I began to produce high school sports television for GPTV, Prentiss was one of the first within the print media to encourage us forward. I'd thank him for covering our work and he always said, "Tom, I'm just doing my job and it's good for the kids." We have not only lost a competent and hard working journalist, but we've also lost a kind, sincere and caring person. God be with Yvonne and the entire Rogers family.
Such a tremendous loss. I am so sorry, and I will miss you much.
This sad news truly hurt my heart. I had the pleasure and honor of working with Prentis for only a brief time - from late 1987 to early 1989 - while I was a columnists at the Journal-Constitution. During that time, I found him to be a man of quiet dignity who was passionate about our profession. He set high standards and met them each day. After returning to New York, I often sought his views, for I knew they would be reasoned, thoughtful and well-voiced. I only wish more of our young journalists had been able to know him. Already, he is missed.
I was stunned to hear of Prentis's passing. He was honest and fair. So much so that the night before one of his columns came out about a story I had aired on TBS, he took the trouble to call me to clarify something and to let me know that I probably wouldn't like what he had to say in the paper the next day. But even his criticisms were as he was, honest and fair.
My prayers are with his family that they'd get an extra measure of the Lord's grace and comfort in the days ahead.
I was shocked to hear the news this morning about Prentis. We'll miss his integrity and professionalism, God bless the Rogers family in their time of grief.
A great writer in the tradition of a newspaper that has always valued excellence in its sports coverage. He will be missed by readers.
Prentis always was there when I needed phone numbers or ideas about how to approach a story. He never met me face-to-face, but still helped me as if he'd worked with me for years. You'll be missed.
Prentis will be missed by all of us in the journalism profession. He was a thoughtful, graceful writer with an engaging personality. My prayers follow the family.
I am deeply moved by the passing of Prentis. I've been reading his columns for a very long time, and have always enjoyed them. His words and style had such meaning - I will never forget them. I also feel that he has now embarked on the greatest journey of all - eternal joy in Heaven. Thanks, Prentis, for sharing with us your very real and loving self.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rogers family. I read Prentis' articles for years when I lived in Atlanta and continued to do so online when I moved to DC almost 2 years ago. He was a great writer and will be sorely missed.
It's a sad day for all of us in the media, especially sports media.
Prentis was one of the few black sports media critics in the country.
My prayers go to his family and friends.
Keep the faith.
Prentis I will miss reading your great stories.I feel like I have lost a best friend.I'm missing you already BUDDY. Rest in PEACE.
My deepest sympathys to the Rogers family. Prentis was a articulate and sensitive editor whose flair for fairness will be greatly missed. As a native Atlantan I grew up reading articles that Prentis wrote. He always had a way of framing words in his columns that stimulated thought.
I grew up reading Prentis’ columns in the AJC. I loved his writing elegance and insightfulness. My prayers and thoughts go out to Prentis and his family, we’ll miss you Prentis.
This is such a sad day for the people of Atlanta. Prentis was much more than a manager for the AJC. He was a great person, fun loving and always had kind words. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. May God increase your strength through this diffucult time.
Thank you for your knowledge and love of sports. Rest in Peace Prentis.
This is some of the saddest news I could imagine. As a sports intern at the AJC in 2002, Prentis took me under his wing and helped me get involved in a whirlwind newsroom. I'll never forget the time he told me to go over to Hawks camp and do my first story on Dan Dickau. Prentis always offered words of encouragement along with words of constructive criticism. He is at the top of my list as far as influences in this profession, and as professional as he was, he was 10 times the person. My heavy heart goes out to his family. He will truly be missed. But I will always remember all he did for me.
I worked often with Prentis during my days at NBC Sports and always found him informed, humorous, knowledgeable and compassionate. His sudden passing is a loss to us all.
Prentis was truly a nice guy and much too young to leave us. He'll be missed.
I had the pleasure of working with Prentis near the beginning of his tenure in Atlanta. I enjoyed watching his career progress and am saddened by the loss to his family, friends and the community he served so well for so long.
Knowing Prentis was knowing true professionalism in journailsm. Through Prentis, one could witness a poised, intellectual whose authentic character preceded him. Personally, I will miss his ability of being a great listener and kidding around. The last joke was how much of a better dresser he was than I am, with his Sean John belt buckle. Mind you, I'm 25 years old, and I don't own any Sean John designer clothes.
Prentis Rogers was a prince of a man. He was an understanding, kind and thoughtful journalist. It was a true privilege working with him. Although Prentis's desk remains empty, he will always be in my heart.
When I read Prentis's columns I always looked for his little personal touches concerning his opinion. I will miss that in the paper!
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Prentis Rogers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the AJC family.
I get up every morning and check ajc.com and have done so for the better part of six years and all of my college career. I often have brought Mr. Rogers articles into my journalism classes at the College of Charleston and will truely miss him. God bless the Rogers family.
I have known Prentis for over 10 years and was truly shocked to hear of his passing. He was a jovial, smart and honest man, and a terrific writer and editor to boot. He will most certainly be missed.
I had to stop and pause for a moment when my radio/TV columnist broke the news to me this morning. It's really a sad day in sports journalism. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
New York Daily News
Just a very sad day in the print sports journalism world. A class act, and a solid editor and columnist, Prentis Rogers will be missed by all. My heart goes out to his family and colleagues at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Garry D. Howard & Family
Assistant Managing Editor/Sports
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
My prayers are with the Roger's family. I always enyoyed reading Mr. Roger's articles, they always showed that he had class as well as a genuine love and passion for what he was doing. He will be dearly missed.
I wish I had known Prentis better but as competitors in the business we were more like colleagues. He was fine and decent man who was fun to be with, and he will be greatly missed.
A vital voice, unafraid to speak truth to power, has fallen silent. All love and mercy to his family and loved ones.
Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to experience your perceptions through your writings.
You will be missed.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Rogers. I have enjoyed his work for a number of years and will certainly miss his excellence of wit and candor. I pray that the Rogers' family, as well as the AJC family will have peace during this very difficult time.
What a shock. Deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues.
I heard Prentis' voice dozens of times over the years on network conference calls, and I finally met him during the days leading up to the frigid Atlanta Super Bowl in January 2000.
He was a fine gentleman and a valued colleague, and his counterparts from coast to coast mourn his passing.
I am saddened to hear of Mr. Rogers' death. May God bless the family.
My condolences to the friends and family of Prentis. I'm very shocked and saddened by the news. He was a gentleman, and was very helpful the few times we had the pleasure of speaking. May God Bless his soul.
You will be truly missed as I have enjoyed reading your columns. My condolences are with your family. God will take care of them. As a journalist myself, I know of the hard work that you put in. God knows that you are one of the best writers he has for heavenly newspaper. May God continue to bless your family.
Dexter, Tomiko and Breonna
I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Prentis Rogers. He was a complete professional in all that he did. My deepest sympathies to his family.
Your laugh, sense of humor, and integrity will be sorely missed.
Prentis Rogers mattered! And I hope that this reality brings you comfort during this advent season. God bless you the family.
So very sorry to hear of Prentis's death. Thoroughly enjoyed his columns and the humanity with which they were written.
I always enjoyed reading his column. His writing was fresh, incisive, and insightful! This is one neighborhood that will definitely miss Mr. Rogers.
My prayers are with your family.
Prentis had a unique way of summerizing broadcasted sporting events. He oftened pointed out things the average fan failed to pickup.
I got to know him personally as a phone friend when we talked about prep sports back in the 80's.
He was too young to leave us. The athletes of whom he pinned opinions will be the ones who will miss him the most--he was a fair man.
My prayers to his family.
Yvonne and family, I want you to know how deeply saddened I am at the news of Prentis' passing. He was an absolutely wonderful man, a true professional, and a good friend.
In his role of covering sports media in Atlanta, and with me representing our television network, we shared a great working relationship; but, we became really good friends as well.
Yvonne, as you know, we've all three shared many a laugh and good times during our "media nights" at Turner Field and Philips Arena, and I miss those.
I am praying for you and your family that God will uphold you with the strength, amazing love and tenderness that only He can provide.
Fox Sports Net South
Prentis was one of the nicest guys I've ever been privileged to know.
We extend our heart felt condolences during this time of loss in our family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Prentis, your contributions not only to sports, but to broadcasting and those of us who followed the marriage between sports and broadcasting, will be greatly missed.
God bless you and your family.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Prentis after he dated my sister. He was a complete class act and will be missed tremendously. God Bless you Prentis, I know you are in heaven smiling down on us!
Prayers and thoughts are with your family, Prentis. Thanks for the many great thought provoking articles! You will be missed!
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Prentis. My sincerest condolances go out to his family and friends. Prentis was a good man and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He will be missed.
ABC Sports Media Relations
Our prayers are with you.
-your AJC family