BALDWYN – Donald E. Rodgers, 76 died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born March 27, 1937, to Olen and Lillie Thompson Rodgers. He was a member of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Pratts Community, east of Baldwyn. Upon leaving Lepanto, Ark. in 1972, he started plumbing for C.S. Poole Contractors for five years. He then went to work for Howell Plumbing for 23 years. After retiring from there, he worked in maintenance for Baldwyn School District for 10 years with his good friend, Mike Underwood. He loved helping others, working and making people laugh. He was always on call to do plumbing work after hours for others. He was the world's greatest father, brother, friend and husband.|
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at East Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Adams officating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by five children, Donna Trulove of Baldwyn, Barron and Missy Rodgers of Tupelo, Kelcy and Tina Rodgers of Baldwyn, Liz Rodgers of Baldwyn and Deanna Rodgers of Lepanto, Ark.; one stepdaughter; five sisters, Lousie and Jr. Hardy, Betty Sue and Hubert Vick, Peggy and Danny Miller, Helen and John Ricks and Lena Mae Johnson; one brother, Harold and Joann Rodgers; 15 grandchildren, Chasity Case, Kristina Martin, Kevin Trulove, Dustin Rodgers, Megan Rodgers, Josh Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Ethan Rodgers, Rainy Rodgers, Summer Rodgers, Barrett Kelly, Aaron Kelly, Chad Hall, Halyn Hall and Julie Rowland; one step grandchild; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Thompson Rodgers; father, Olen Rodgers; one daughter, Julie Rodgers; one brother, James H. Rodgers; his first wife of 15 years, Neta Jo Harp Rodgers; and his second wife, Elizabeth S. Rodgers.
Pallbearers will be Ethan, Paul, Josh and Dustin Rodgers, Chad Hall and Kevin Trulove.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Roberts and Mike Underwood
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Dec. 28, 2013