SHELBY- Charles Leabron Rogers Sr., 61, passed away at home surrounded by his family, on Sunday, April 28, 2013, after a courageous 32-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. And now Charlie is walking with Jesus.
Born on March 12, 1952, Charlie was the son of Ernest L. Rogers and the late Arzie Blanton Rogers.
Charlie was a dedicated member of Zoar Baptist Church. He served as deacon and was faithful in any way called upon. More than anything, Charlie loved the Lord and it showed in everything he did and said. He had such a love for everybody and treated everyone fairly. His unfailing willingness to help alcoholics was always present. Charlie never complained with the pain he endured through his illness, instead lifted others up, usually through his sense of humor. One of the greatest joys in his life was his two granddaughters, Alyssa and Savannah, Papa Charlie or Buddy-ro as they called him. There was never a more loving husband, father, grandfather or friend.
Charlie was a natural born entrepreneur. His first passion was automobiles. He worked in his family business, Rogers Cadillac, for more than 25 years. Later, he began Rogers Properties.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Barbara Spangler Rogers; sons, Charles L. Rogers Jr. (Chuck) and Kelly of Shelby, William Ernest Rogers (Ernie) of Chapel Hill; brother, E. Patrick Rogers and wife Rita; granddaughters, Alyssa and Savannah Rogers; niece, Aimee Rogers Thomas and husband Jay; and special–in-laws, Mama Sue and Pa Spangler.
Many loving thanks to our Zoar Baptist Church family, Hospice caregivers, and everyone who lovingly cared for Charlie.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Zoar Baptist Church, Shelby
Officiated By: Dr. Rob Helton and Dr. Robert Rose
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park, Boiling Springs
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Zoar Baptist Church Building Fund, 1740 South Lafayette St., Shelby, NC 28152
Online Condolences: www.stameyfuneralhome.com