Thomas Rogers

January 20, 1941February 8, 2020

Thomas Derrell Rogers, 79, a longtime resident of East Ridge passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020. Thomas was a veteran of the US Army and was retired from Erlanger Hospital as a nurse. He was a member of Signal Mountain Masonic Lodge #758 F&AM and the Alhambra Shrine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul T. and Fay Rogers; brother, Doyle R. Rogers and sister, Glenda Fay Rogers. Survivors include his brother Bill (Patty) Counts. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 PM Friday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road. Please share your thoughts and memories at


  • Graveside Service Friday, February 14, 2020


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Karen Shell

February 12, 2020

I remember taking my mom to the library and as she was looking for her books we heard this loud man saying hi aunt Gerry. It was tommy , I don’t think he remembered he was supposed to be quiet. It was so funny. He just kept talking in a loud voice. It’s a wonder we didn’t get kicked out. We loved him so much and will miss him. Love you tommy Rogers.

Your cousin Karen Rogers shell

Pammie Jernigan

February 12, 2020

My mom told me she was in the kitchen at the back of the house, all of the sudden she heard a motorcycle in the back yard and whoever was doing it was doing doughnuts. He circle the yard several times. After he gave mom a heartache, he took off his helmet and smiling There he was, mom said she wasn't sure if she wanted to kill him or hug him due to the fact it was Tommy Derrell. That was how he was, loving to aggravate his Aunt Gerry and she loved his aggravation.

I am so glad I went to see him in December, I love my cuz.

Kathy Clark

February 11, 2020

There are always those family members that can make you smile no matter what-- Tommy was this kind of guy. Our family has never defined the term cousin in terms of "1st" "2nd" or once removed. We simply knew we were family and that was all that was needed. Tommy joins a host of family who greeted him in such a variety of ways as he entered into Heaven. I know my dad was ready to embrace him and that my uncle Paul and aunt Fay and cousin Glenda so thrilled to see him too. He was always kind to his younger cousins and kept us wondering just what he might do next. Rest easy Tommy--- Til we meet again. With love from the Clarks'