ASHEVILLE, N.C. ù William Fletcher Rogers, Jr., 95, of the Brooks Howell Home, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2008. He was born March 12, 1912, and was the husband of Agnes Dawsey Rogers. Rev. Rogers is survived by his wife, Agnes, his brother, Johnnie Rogers of Spartanburg, SC, and his four sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Bill Rogers and Mrs. Bobbie Jean Rogers, of Laurens, SC, Rev. Paul Rogers and Rev. Sheila Rogers, of West Columbia, SC, Rev. Cyrus Rogers and Mrs. Lou Wingo Rogers, of Greenville, SC, Mrs. Anna Wingo Rogers, of Columbus, NC, and Mr. Johnny Rogers and Mrs. Debbie Rogers, of Tryon, NC. Rev. Rogers is also survived by beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family, including AgnesÆs last surviving sister, Sarah Dawsey of Columbia. Rev. Rogers was also the father of the late Mr. Samuel Rogers, formerly of Columbus, NC. Rev. Rogers was a retired pastor and missionary of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. A graduate of The Citadel, he was the recipient of the prestigious John O. Wilson ring. He also graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Rev. Rogers began his career as a United Methodist missionary serving in Brazil alongside his wife, Agnes. He was a well-respected and loved minister, building many churches and parsonages during his ministry in Quarai, Carazinho, Santo Angelo, Cruz Alta, Natal and Belem. He also served as a minister at Buffalo UMC, Gilbert UMC, and Dunean UMC, and served as a missionary in Macon City with underprivileged children and later in St. Vincent. Rev. Rogers was the first recipient of the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism. Visitation will be held at Bethesda United Methodist Church, in Easley, SC, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2008, with a memorial service following at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Rogers was a strong believer in the Gospel, and enjoyed sharing God’s love through his own actions and words. Rev. Rogers will be missed, but his legacy lives on.
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