Clarence J. "Jim" Rogers, 99, of Houston, Texas, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.
Jim was born and raised in East St. Louis, Ill., and lived the majority of his life in East St. Louis, Ill., Fairview Heights, Ill., and Belleville, Ill. He was a bank executive his entire professional career, rising to the position of chief executive officer at three St. Clair County banks.
He was a decorated World War II veteran, was actively involved in the First United Methodist Church in East St. Louis, Ill., and Signal Hill United Methodist Church in Belleville, Ill. When he moved to Houston, Texas, in 2005 to be closer to his family, he worshipped at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Jim had served on the board at Grant Community School and was a member of the board at McKendree University, as well as many other local civic organizations. He was a supporter of the local boy scouts and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver award for service to scouting from the Okaw Valley Council. He was a 35 year member of St. Clair County Club where he enjoyed playing golf and liability rummy with his dear friends.
Jim was a a big baseball Cardinal fan, sharing such stories as the time he and his brother, Jean, took the trolley to Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Mo., to see the Redbirds play the Yankees and Babe Ruth in 1929, when he was 12 years old.
He was a man of great dignity, empathy and compassion, a kind and gentle soul. His word was his bond. He loved and doted on all his children and grandchildren, and his great-granddaughter, the newest light in his life. We all will miss him, we know he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, reunited with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Katherine; a daughter, Susan; and a son, J. David.
Surviving are his son, Jim; grandchildren, Amy, Jay (Erica), Emily (Eric), and Julia; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Kate.
Very special thanks to Vita and Bill Goodell and the Streit family of Houston, Texas, for their extraordinary care, concern and friendship shared with Jim over the years.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 18, 2016