Royal Brown "Buddy" Rodgers
Royal "Buddy" Brown Rodgers

November 19, 2020

Royal "Buddy" Brown Rodgers, 97, of Buchanan, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Watts Rodgers; his parents, Martell Oliver Rodgers and Bessie Owen Johnson; son, Kenneth Brown Rodgers; and sister, Rose Marie Rodgers Wheeler.

Buddy had forty years service as a route salesman, product complaint manager, driver trainer for Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, retiring in 1986, then he began a twenty-year career for Botetourt Funeral Home as a Funeral Assistant, was a life member of the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department and a dedicated worker for the Buchanan Firemens Carnival for over 30 years.

He is survived by his children, Charlotte R. and Steve Cahoon, Jennifer R. Clark, Lou Anne R. and Jim Welch, Royal B. II and Beth A. Rodgers, Taylor (Butch) Rodgers, Brian (Trigger) and Sonja Rodgers; sisters, Mildred O. Cregger of South Carolina, Hilda O. Clark of Front Royal, and Maxine Hadley of Bozrah, CT; grandchildren, Allyson Cahoon (David Evans, fiancée) Samantha Cahoon, Cameron and Addisyn Rodgers, Kent Clark, Madeline Welch, K.B. Rodgers, Melanie Henson, Mark Rodgers, Scott Hampton; and cherished great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The family would like to express their love and appreciation to Buddy's caregivers, Kendall Johnson, Rhonda Penner, Norma Broughman, Connie Sorrells, Rhonda Burks, Ruby Johnson, Barbara Crawford, Edith Austin, and Kristie Hayslett.

Buddy's visitation will be held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2020, in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan, Va. A graveside service will be at 12 Noon on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan with the Rev. Marina Gopadze officiating. Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider, (BAMA) Buchanan Area Ministerial Association, P O Box 537, Buchanan, VA 24066. Online condolences may be made at

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Published by Roanoke Times from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
Graveside service
Fairview Cemetery
, Buchanan, Virginia
Funeral services provided by:
Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home - Buchanan
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I will always treasure the memories I have of your Dad. He will truly be missed by so many who knew and loved him. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with you.
Jayne Ragland
November 22, 2020
Prayers to you and your family.
Ernie and Pam Baker
November 22, 2020
Charlotte and Family: So sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Love Patricia & Roger Ayers
Patricia Ayers
November 21, 2020
One of the finest gentlemen I have
ever known. Wonderful memories.
Dee Tribbett
November 21, 2020
When I started dating your son Kenny, you were the first family member I met, Fishing on Tye River in a small camper on the side of the road. I knew then I loved you both. I have 40+ years of great memories with you two. You are together again and I miss you both. Rest in peace Dad, I hope to meet you again. I loved you then, I love you still. I always have and always will.
Fay Rodgers
November 21, 2020