GRAHAM - George Oroon Rogers died suddenly Saturday evening, August 30, 2014. He was born on December 1, 1924 and was predeceased by his parents, George Oroon and Ethel Council Rogers; his two sisters, Rebecca R. Wilson, Ethel R. Wayne; and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Crotts.
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Mr. Rogers grew up in Whiteville, NC, where he was an Eagle Scout and built the first clay tennis court as a teenager. He entered the University of North Carolina in 1941; his sophomore year he joined the Navy through the V-12 program. He attended Midshipman's School at Columbia University in New York and Harvard's Navy Communications School. Then he was assigned to the Pacific 3rd Fleet and became part of Admiral Halsey's staff on the USS Missouri. Mr. Rogers was an eyewitness to the surrender ceremony where General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz, and Japanese officials came aboard to sign the peace treaty ending WWII on September 2, 1945. After discharge from the Navy, he returned to Chapel Hill to complete his degree in Commerce in 1947. After operating his own business for many years, he and his family moved to Graham, NC in 1973. He retired as an auditor for the State of NC.
Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian elder and sang with a church choir for over 50 years. During his retirement, he enjoyed many years of farming his ancestral land. He was a lifetime keen supporter of his alma mater, The Carolina Tarheels.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Dixie Wilson Rogers and 4 daughters, Sally Crotts (Van) of Winston-Salem, Molly Rogers of Miami, Margaret Steelman (John) of Greensboro and Georgia Farmer (Tim) of Richmond; 2 grandchildren, Marcus Crotts of Raleigh and Sadie Steelman of Greensboro. He is also survived by a host of extended family.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 3rd, 1:00 pm at Graham Presbyterian Church. In memory of Mr. Rogers, please consider a gift to The Salvation Army. Friends are encouraged to visit the residence at their convenience.
Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham is assisting the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
Rich and Thompson Funeral Service and Crematory
207 E. Elm Street
Graham, NC 27253
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2014