Charles E. Rodgers COLUMBIA - Charles E. Rodgers died on September 17, 2013, at his home. Married to his childhood sweetheart, Eileen for 68 years, he died as he lived with bravery and dignity. Mr. Rodgers was born in St. Louis, Missouri, retired to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and most recently lived in Columbia. He has a family of two daughters, Deborah and Donna; a stepdaughter, Dana; three grandchildren, David, Jennifer and Jeffrey; sister-in-law, Lucille. With five great-grandchildren, he was the happiest when giggles filled the house, when the family was all around and there was a good meal to share. A World War II veteran, and a survivor of the attack at Pearl Harbor, the Navy vessel, USS Shley provided him with many adventures as a young man, embracing education he worked days and went to college at night to receive his degree in accounting. He retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army and began retirement with zeal. He joined the Masons in Illinois, volunteered with the Convention Center in Gulf Shores, joined the Optimists, learned ceramics, and received his real estate license. Charles was enthralled with the cyber world, Skyping his grandchildren and keeping in touch with his friends and family. He could fix anything, build anything and always offered to share that knowledge and skill with those who needed it. His Columbia family included the Laugheads, Aaron, Eric, Scott and Sue. Team Rodgers, the affectionate name for his caregivers were deeply appreciated by him. The family will be receiving friends for a celebration of his life at Travinia's Restaurant at Sparkleberry Crossing on Monday, September 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please sign the online guest book at http://www.kornegayandmoseley.com/.
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Published in The State on Sept. 21, 2013