Mr. Charles Monroe Rogers, Jr., 92, of Lake City, Florida, passed away on September 8, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.
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He was the son of the late Charles "Charley" M. Rogers, Sr. and Lula Hall Rogers. He was a long-time member of Hopeful Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Opal Iris Dicks Rogers. They were married on March 22, 1942 in Lake City, Florida, at the home of Opal's parents, the Rev. John Dicks and Pearl Tyre Dicks.
He is also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Austin Autry Rogers, Farrell W. Rogers and Rev. F.T. Rogers.
He is survived by two daughters, Ginger Amonda Rogers Todd and her husband, E.W. "Bud" Todd, Sr. and Elona Dorinda Rogers Roberts Kisala and her husband Louis J. Kisala of Lake City; three grandsons, E.W. Todd, Jr. (Terri), Aaron F. Roberts (Casey) of Lake City, and Joshua M. Roberts of Dallas, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Amonda Jean "A.J." Todd, Tyler J. Todd, Donovan R. Todd, Taylor M. Roberts, and Hunter M. Roberts; two step-grandchildren, Eric J. Kisala (Dana) and Jennifer L. Kisala; three step-great-grandchildren, Chelsey C. Hendry, Sydney A. Kisala and Lauren M. Kisala. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Clarence K. Rogers (Louise) and Odell L. Rogers (Delia) both of Lake City, and one half-sister, Anne King Rogers Lamborn, and her husband, (George) of Wilmington, Delaware, sisters-in-law Mary Rogers, wife of his late brother Farrell, of Northumberland, Pennsylvania and Margaret Rogers, wife of his late brother F.T., of Perry, Florida and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II veteran. Shortly after his marriage, he was inducted into the United States Army at Camp Blanding, Florida. He was a Sergeant with the 188th General Hospital and was honorably discharged on January 15, 1946.
After being discharged from the Army he became a manager with the McCrory's Department store. His job necessitated moving throughout the Southeast with his family before returning to Florida. He then lived in Orange Park, Florida where he worked at Furchgott's Department store in Jacksonville, Florida. He returned to Lake City in the early 1950's where he lived the remainder of his life. He retired as a Dispatcher from the Florida Highway Patrol Troop B in 1982, after over 25 years of service.
He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and soon to be great-great grandfather. He was also a great cook and an avid gardener. He maintained a beautiful yard when he was able and also cultivated numerous varieties of Daylilies. He loved spending time with his family and his family will miss him dearly. He was a very nurturing person, always helping others. He also loved spending time with his church family and he read his Bible almost every day until he could no longer do so.
Many thanks to the staff of Omni Home Healthcare, Haven Hospice and the VA Medical Centers in Lake City and Gainesville for the care they gave to our father during his last days.
Funeral services for Mr. Rogers will be conducted on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hopeful Baptist Church with Dr. Rodney Baker Pastor officiating and assisted by Rev. Ralph Rodriquez. Interment will be immediately following at the Hopeful Baptist Church cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at
Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home 3596 S. US Highway, Lake City, Florida. In lieu of flowers, if preferred, donations can be made to Haven Hospice, 6037 W. US Highway 90, Lake City, Florida, 32055 or the Hopeful Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 289 SE Hopeful Drive, Lake City, 32025.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Sept. 11, 2013