Jesse A. Rogers, 79, of Wildwood, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2012. Born March 3, 1933, in Nacogdoches County, Texas, to Jesse and Loyce Wallace Rogers, he moved to Beaumont at the age of 8 and lived in Tyrell Park, where he became an avid golfer. He graduated from South Park High School, where he was class president, class favorite, won the American Legion award, and made many lifelong friends. One of his greatest honors was being president of the Cooter Brown's. Jesse loved the outdoors and everything associated with it from sports to hunting and fishing. He loved fishing with his #1 partner, his wife, Norvelle, and together they won many fishing tournaments. Jessie loved everything about baseball. He was the proud coach of his grandson's baseball team and never missed a game. Jesse served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed 18 months in England. He shared lots of happy memories with his family about the friends he made during this time. Jesse never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He was a joy to everyone who ever met him and he will be greatly missed. He will always be remembered for his quick witted humor and one who always brought fun with him wherever he went. He believed one could know God more fully by exploring nature. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James D. Rogers and Guy A. Rogers. Jesse is survived by his loving wife, M. Norvelle Scroggins Rogers; daughter, Renee Rogers Adkins and husband, Charles of Wildwood; granddaughters, Bethany Jewel and husband, Larry of Beaumont, Kellie Pipkin and husband, Andy of San Antonio, Mary Guillory and husband, Jason of Texarkana; grandson, Dr. Chad Adkins of Nederland; great grandchildren, Bryce and Abbie Jewel, Drew, Maddie and Reese Pipkin, Mason and Mikayla Guillory; sister, Diane Theriot of Vidor; and numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville, with burial to follow at the Camp Ground Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Ruby Spencer and Merline Geslippe.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on May 22, 2012