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Luther T. "Buddy" Rogers Jr.

LUTHER T. "BUDDY" ROGERS, JR. Luther T. "Buddy" Rogers, Jr., 88, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014 after a brief stay at Davis Health Care Rehab Center, a facility that Luther T. Rogers, Inc. built in 1964. Buddy was born in Wilmington, NC on November 16, 1925 to Luther T. Rogers, Sr. and Annie Lea Rutherford Rogers. Preceding Buddy in death were his loving wife of 58 years, Katherine Gardner "Kat" Rogers, his daughter, Elizabeth G. "Betsy" Rogers, his son-in-law, Walter T. "Ted" Anderson and his siblings, Ruby R. McGowan, Catherine R. "Kakie" Cobb and Herchel E. Rogers, Sr. Buddy grew up in the Seagate Community, moving to Wrightsville Beach in 1935. He raised his family on the south end of Harbor Island. Buddy graduated from New Hanover High School and much to his chagrin spent one semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while he waited to enlist in the service in World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in February, 1944 and was stationed at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas. It was during this time that Buddy developed his love of flying, later earning his private pilot's license. After Buddy's service to his country, he came to his senses and proudly enrolled at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, later known as the great North Carolina State University, where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Buddy was one of the most proud NCSU Wolfpack fans! Through his work with the company his father started in 1918, Buddy was instrumental in building many Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach landmarks such as Cornelia Nixon Davis Nursing Home, D. C. Virgo Junior High School, First Christian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Windermere Presbyterian Church, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School, Ocean View Motel and Apartments and The Silver Gull Apartments at Wrightsville Beach. Some of the historic renovations completed by Luther T. Rogers, Inc. include the 1975 restoration of the interior of historic Thalian Hall, renovation of the historic Bellamy Mansion and the historic De Rosset House. Buddy served his community as a member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club for over 60 years, served on the Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman, served as the mayor of Wrightsville Beach from 1965-1973 and was an Elder Emeritus at The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church USA, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Buddy is survived by his son Luther T. "Tommy" Rogers, III and his wife Tammy, his daughter Katherine R. "Scottie" Anderson and his grandchildren, Katherine A. "Kate" Finch, Erin Elizabeth Anderson, Wilson T. Anderson, Edward Turner Rogers and Noah Thomas Rogers. He is also survived by his brother, Julian R. Rogers and his wife Betty, his sister-in-law, Julia P. Rogers, his sister-in-law Charlotte G. Walton and her husband, Buddy's first cousin, John William "Bill" Walton, Jr. along with a multitude of cousins and close family. A celebration of life will be held at The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, PC(USA), 2 West Fayetteville St., Wrightsville Beach, NC on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm with the Reverend Pat Rabun officiating. Following the service a reception will be held in the church fellowship hall. A graveside service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery following the reception. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, PC(USA), 2 West Fayetteville St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 or to the Gardner-Goldberg Scholarship Fund at Cape Fear Community College Foundation, 411 North Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

Funeral Home

Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
1617 MARKET ST Wilmington, NC 28401
910-762-7788

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 6 to May 7, 2014
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