Wilmer Cecil Rogers Wilmer Cecil Rogers, 71, of Orange, went to be with his Lord after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born in October of 1941, the son of the late Della Mae and Wilmer Lee Rogers. He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Rogers; and a sister, Faye Harvey. Wilmer grew up in Barboursville, Virginia. He attended Orange County High School where he met Carolyn, moved to the town of Orange in 1963 and never left. He was a member of the Orange Baptist Church, active in the Orange Rotary Club, the Jaycees, several Masonry groups, and was a life member of the Orange County Rescue Squad. He started Rogers Masonry in 1969 and was active in the day to day operation until its close in December of 2012. His favorite pastime in the last few years was skeet and trap shooting with his three buddies. He loved the Yankees and University of Virginia. Wilmer is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Carolyn; two daughters, Gina Hutchison and husband, Mark, Paige Wilkes and husband, Chris; a son, Jeff Rogers and wife, Sarah; four grandchildren, who he dearly loved, Chase and Ryan Hutchison, Virginia and Emily Wilkes; one brother; Louis Rogers and wife, Luvenia; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Orange Baptist Church. Pastor Rick Clore will officiate. Interment will follow at Graham Cemetery. The family gives a tremendous thanks to Dr. Whitworth of Urological Associates and the Martha Jefferson Cancer Center, Dr. Rob Pritchett, Dr. Sylvia Hendricks, the wonderful nurses in the Infusion Center, and the Hospice of the Piedmont for all the caring love they gave Wilmer and his family. Also a special thanks to Stefanie Van Gulden for helping make his transition to heaven so peaceful. Memorial contributions may be made to the Martha Jefferson cancer Center, c/o The Martha Jefferson Hospital or the Orange Baptist Church, P.O. Box 167, Orange, VA 22960. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.