Warner Rickard Rodgers Sr.
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KANNAPOLIS - Mr. Warner Rickard "Rick" Rodgers, Sr., 92, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Rodgers was born Jan. 28, 1921 in Cabarrus County. He was a son of the late William Floyd Rodgers, Sr. and Mable Winecoff Rodgers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Rodgers Delane. He was a 1938 graduate of Winecoff High School and attended Lenoir Rhyne College. He is also a graduate of the Carolina School of Banking at UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University and completed the Dale Carnegie Training.
Mr. Rodgers was heavily involved in the community for many years in various organizations including: Board of Directors for American Red Cross, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, United Way and A.L. Brown Band Aide Club. He was Chairman of the Red Team of YMCA Membership and member of the YMCA Fundraiser Team and member of the Ambassador Club of the Chamber of Commerce. He was on the Kannapolis Planning & Zoning Committee since its beginning and served as the Assistant Chairman for several years with his term ending in 2008 at the age of 87. He was also responsible for acquiring approximately 90% of the city's water and sewer easements.
He also served as the President of the following: Midway Merchant's Association, Kannapolis Merchant's Association 1974-75, Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce, Bible Teaching Association with Kannapolis City Schools, Winecoff Lion's Club, Kannapolis Rotary Club 1978-79 and Regional Representative & Vice-President of Security Bank in Kannapolis.
Mr. Rodgers was also devoted to his church. Over the years, he held most leadership positions including: Official Board, Finance, Trustees, Superintendent of Sunday School and Lay Leader. He taught Sunday school for 55 years and was the Lay Leader for Salisbury District of the United Methodist Church and the Layperson of the Year for the District in 1993.
Before Rick gave his time and talents to serve his church and various civic organizations, he gave a generous amount of time to his entire country. Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served proudly during World War II under General Patton. On Oct. 21, 1944, Rick became a Prisoner of War to Germany. For the next six months and 17 days, he was transferred by train and by foot through four prison camps. He and others had to march through the heart of Berlin in front of irate Germans between camps. After suffering from malnutrition, fatigue, foot and leg injuries, on May 8, 1945, he was able to escape from Stalag VII-A compound and safely made his way out of Germany. He was discharged six months later on Nov. 10, 1945 and was able to move forward to achieve many things throughout his life. His complete accounting of his time as a POW can be read in the online version of the obituary at the website listed below.
Mr. Rodgers is survived by his wife, Virginia Munday Rodgers; daughter, Janet Rodgers Johnson and husband Joel of Kannapolis; three sons, Rick Rodgers, Jr. and wife Delinda of Kannapolis, Bob Rodgers and wife Vickie of Hickory and Bill Rodgers and wife Cathy of Raleigh; brother, William Floyd Rodgers, Jr. and wife Faye of Kannapolis; nine grandchildren, Trip, Scott and Andy Rodgers, Hope J. Beam, Meredith J. Spry, Lee Rodgers, Paige Humble, Ginny Mann and Chip Rodgers; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation and Services: Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Rev. Cecil Donahue will officiate. The body will lie in-state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the military honor guard.
The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. today at Lady's Funeral Home.
Memorials: Memorials may be sent to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, General Fund, 301 Mt. Olivet Road, Concord, NC 28025 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Remembrances for the family may be made to www.ladysfuneralhome.com.
Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Rodgers.
Published in Salisbury Post on July 21, 2013