RALEIGH — William Vernon "Bill" Rogers, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away Jan. 24, 2016 at Hillcrest Raleigh.
He was born in Clarkton, N.C. on Aug. 24, 1927, the son of the late Finley K. and Marie McCallum Rogers. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving his B.A. in broadcasting and dramatic arts, and a graduate of East Carolina University, receiving his M.A. in education. He was a television broadcasting pioneer in the South, beginning his career in 1952 at WFMY-TV in Greensboro with service along the way at WBTV, Charlotte; WRBL-TV, Columbus, GA; WFMD-TV (now WECT) and WWAY-TV, Wilmington; WRAL-TV, Raleigh; and WITN-TV, Washington, N.C.
After his career in television, he worked as the Public Information Officer at Wayne Community College and manager for Cox Cable Company in Goldsboro, N.C.
He was also very fond of the theatre and played several roles as a Carolina Playmaker at UNC as well as on the Thalian Hall Stage in Wilmington. He was a WWII Veteran (US Army). In retirement, he enjoyed living a quiet life at Holden Beach pursuing his favorite pastimes of reading and being with family.
He is survived by his former wife, Peggy T. Rogers of Winston-Salem; brother, Charles H. Rogers of Raleigh; daughter, Debbie Laney and son-in-law, Mike, of Raleigh; daughter, Katrina "Kathy" Rogers and son-in-law, Lyle Hinks of Sacramento, CA; six grandchildren, Kristen Laney (Keith Williams), Rebecca Hall (Gammon), Catherine and Elizabeth Laney, Jasper Jancik (Marivi) and Elisha Jancik (Lyndie); seven great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Flo and Jean Rogers; brother-in-law, David Benfield; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Benfield; brothers, Julian and Fred Rogers; former wife and mother of his children, Jean Kluttz Rogers; and great-granddaughter, Catherine Jancik.
The family will receive friends at the home of Mike and Debbie Laney in Raleigh on Friday, Feb. 19 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the Clarkton Cemetery, Clarkton, N.C.
Condolences may be sent through brownwynne.com.