Serena Sue Hill Rogers

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KINSTON - Serena Sue Hill Rogers, 73, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend, died December 24, 2013. Sue was a lifelong educator and worked at both the state and local levels. She then spent her retirement years in Kinston and Lenoir County in the midst of family and friends. Sue received a BS and MS from East Carolina University and started her career as a classroom teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. From there she moved to the Wake County schools and spent a total of 20 years in the classroom before becoming the first Media & Technology Supervisor in the Lenoir County Schools. From there she went on to serve as an Instructional Technology Consultant at the NC Department of Public Instruction before retiring in 2000. Sue received numerous awards and recognitions during her tenure as an educator. Chief among them were the NC Communication & Technology Service Award (2002); NC SIMS Administrator Award of Honor (1993); Administrator of the Year, District 12 (1992); Administrator of the Year in Lenoir County (1991); NC Technology Educator of the Year (1990.) Sue was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church and served as a choir member, organist, pianist, and deacon there. She was also a Toastmaster International and Kinston Noon Rotary Club member. Sue's hobbies were many and included entertaining, gardening, reading, playing the piano, baking bread, and playing bridge. Most of all, she spent hours nurturing others through visits, taking food, notes, phone calls, etc. Sue was beloved by so many people in Lenoir County and across the state. Her gentle presence, deep faith, encouraging words, and indomitable spirit proved a source of inspiration for countless people. Sue dealt with numerous medical conditions and challenges but never bowed to them. In fact, she ministered to everyone else while struggling to maintain her own health. Oftentimes, no one except her doctors really knew just how sick she was. Although we lost her too early, we were graced by her presence many more years than we or doctors expected. And if love could have saved her, she would have lived forever. Sue was preceded in death by her son's father, Ben R. Rogers; her mother, Gladys S. Hill; sister, Marsha W. Reidhill; and father, W. Whitford Hill. She is survived by her son, Ben C. Rogers and wife Claudia, of Westminster, Md.; grandsons Daniel Rogers of Columbus, Ohio and Willem Rogers of Westminster, Md.; sister Eleanor H. Goettee and husband Joe, of Cary, N.C.; brother Roger P. Hill and wife Ann, of Wilmington, N.C.; brother Douglass B. Hill and friend, David McElhannon of Charlotte, N.C.; special friend, Jim Waller of Kinston, N.C.; nephews Scott Hill of Chocowinity, N.C., Brad Goettee of San Diego, Calif., and Matt Goettee of Raleigh, N.C.; and niece, Robin Hankins of Burlington, N.C. Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Westminster United Methodist Church in Kinston. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Westminster United Methodist Church followed by burial at the Deep Run OFWB Church Cemetery in Deep Run. The family is receiving friends at the home, 2816 Cherry Lane, Kinston, NC. The family would like to thank the many friends and family who have offered support these past weeks. A special appreciation goes to B J Anglero for her help as Sue's caretaker in her final days. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Liver Foundation, P.O. Box 5218, Toms River, NJ 08754-5218. Online condolences may be made to Arrangements are by Pink Hill Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at (Paid obituary)

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