Sumter, SC ……. John Jerry Rogers, 82, passed away August 11, 2018 at National Healthcare of Sumter after a long, courageous battle.
John was a Patriot, a true American Hero who lived a grateful life of self-reliance, trust in God and dedication to his family and country.
He leaves behind his dedicated caretaker and loving wife of 55 years, Fuji Rogers; two sons: John Rogers and James (Amy) Rogers; five grandchildren: Charlie Rogers, Caroline Rogers, Elizabeth Rogers, William Rogers and Audrey Rogers; and many dear family members and friends.
John, lovingly known as Jerry to his Mississippi family, was born on March 24, 1936 in Winston County, Mississippi. He enjoyed a simple, yet fulfilling life in an era, setting and community that he held dear to his heart. His experiences as a young man can be characterized as ‘tough’ and even ‘poor,’ and John attributed these tough and poor circumstances to his Southern grit and appreciation of a hard-earned, comfortable life. His life was forever changed when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a revival held at Murphy Creek Baptist Church.
After graduating from Bond High School in 1954, John enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed technical training in General Aircraft Maintenance (AFSC 431). After 26 years of honorable service, including the Vietnam War, John retired as a Chief Master Sergeant (E9). John then worked at Westinghouse (now Eaton Cutler-Hammer) and fully retired after 16 years.
Retirement meant doing the things that he loved which was spending time with his family: fishing with his sons and spoiling his grandchildren.
John recorded these words of thanks prior to his death:
‘Fuji, the best decision I ever made was to marry you. All these years, you took care of our boys and me: whether it was providing a happy home, our family supper or taking care of everything during all those TDYs, you have been everything we needed in a wife and mother.’
John and his family would like to thank: Mr. ‘Tom’ Thomason, who saved John’s life; Mr. Jerry Duhon, John’s best friend who visited John every day; Mr. Aaron Pruitt, who visited John often; Mr. Paul Racicot; Dr. G. E. Rabon; Dr. Paul Evangelisti; the Staff at National Healthcare (NHC); Palmetto Tuomey Hospital and Amedisys Hospice especially Becca, Cassandra, Geneva, Jessica, Robert, Schavona and Tanya and the DAV, The American Legion and VFW.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be a private, family ceremony where John will be interred with full military honors at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 -11:00 am at Bullock Funeral Home on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.
Bullock Funeral Home
Thursday August 16th, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150
Bullock Funeral Home Chapel
Thursday August 16th, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150
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Although I have not spent much time with Mr. Rogers. I know his life is an example to us all. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Father-in law, and Grandfather. He never let the circumstances of his life change him. The stories I would hear were of a kind gentle man who always managed to have a smile on his face and strength for a hug. He was a loving man who will be missed by his family. He did deserve more from life than he seemed to be given. He is in a much better place now and we all can learn from his example. He seemed to have his eye on his eternal destiny given through his faith in The Lord Jesus. We can all be thankful. A man whose life was spend dedicated to those he loved and a country he served.
Submitted by Lisa Hedges on Aug 16 2018 09:37:21 AM
Jimbo my brother, fond memories of your Dad make me smile. I always tell of my childhood to my kids, Oakland was full of fond memories. Your family has a tight bond that I got to know and experience.
Rowland's - Mike (Apryl), Sue (Jody), Wendy (Cody) send our love
Submitted by Mike Rowland on Aug 16 2018 09:03:10 AM
Dear Fuji and family. Just find out of your beloved husband. Ny sincere condolences to y'all. May his soul R.I.P. Love,
Submitted by Marisa bailey on Aug 15 2018 11:02:54 PM
Jimbo, my condolences are with you and your family. Growing up as brothers, it was always a pleasure to see you and your dad interact with each other. Everything from working on the Mustang to fishing. You and Tom have nothing to worry about as you have made both your parents very proud. You, Jimbo, are the true epitome of a dedicated son.
Angie, Chris, Jordan, and myself give our heartfelt condolences.
Submitted by Art Nixon on Aug 15 2018 11:08:57 AM
May our love and condolences reach you from Mississippi. We are praying for peace and comfort during this time and many years to come. Love always, Chris and Marguerite Baker(great nephew and great niece in-law)
Submitted by Marguerite and Chris Baker on Aug 14 2018 07:24:50 PM
Condolences to Mrs. Rogers, James/Amy & entire family. What a BLESSING to have a strong & Saved family man as husband & dad. Our prayers are for your comfort at this difficult time. Sincerely, Neighbors, Frances & Ernest Caldwell
Submitted by Frances Caldwell on Aug 14 2018 01:02:54 PM
May the love of God embrace you in these tough moments and help you ease the pain you feel in your heart by means of time.
Submitted by MeShawn K. Dawkins on Aug 14 2018 12:51:12 PM
I didn't know Jerry well but his Mississippi family is dear to my heart. His mom and dad were very special people too. God bless and keep you all.
Submitted by Patsy Foster on Aug 14 2018 09:25:38 AM
We never met, Mr. Rogers, but I have known and worked with your son John for a long time and know that you raised a very good man. Like father, like son. Thank you. Rest in peace. Anne Wilson, Augusta, GA
Submitted by Anne Wilson on Aug 14 2018 09:19:49 AM
James sorry for the passing of your Dad.Know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days and weeks to come.Love ya'll and God Bless .Betty Hamby and family
Submitted by Betty Hamby on Aug 13 2018 10:59:43 PM
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