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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

In lieu of cut flowers, the family encourages live plants that may be replanted in Rodger's memory, or a donation to Georgia Doberman Rescue.
OBITUARY

Rodger Milton West

September 24, 1949August 2, 2019
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On Friday August 2, 2019 Rodger Milton West, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus. He left life as he lived it, remaining even in his final days the vibrant and spirited person everyone remembers. Rodger was born on September 24, 1949 to Maxine and Carlyle West in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was somewhat premature and small, but as we all know, overcame his birth statistics to reach a height of 6’5”. Rodger was the youngest of three rowdy boys and as such he was often involved in mischief. Being a talented and avid storyteller, these tales and many others were regaled to his family and resulted in this cumulative knowledge that we share as a celebration of his life. Rodger graduated from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC in 1967. On December 1, 1969 the United States government drew the lottery number 195 for the birth date of September 24 and Rodger found himself eligible and likely to be drafted. Seizing his own destiny, he decided to voluntarily join the United States Marine Corps. He entered Parris Island in the summer of 1970 and often shared his memories of boot camp. Rodger was proud to serve as Guidon Bearer of his platoon. After graduation, Rodger joined the Reserves and enrolled at Pfeiffer College in Albemarle, NC, where he met a beautiful dark-haired girl named Mitzi Stoker. They were married after a courtship of just four months to a marriage that would last for 47 years. Rodger graduated Pfeiffer and was accepted to the Wake Forest School of Business. Mitzi would soon join him at Wake Forest in their law school and both were proud to be Wake Forest alumni. Rodger initially began his career working for his father’s company but found his true talent in Real Estate in the mid 1980’s. After stints in various firms, Rodger opened his own company, Alliance Partners, in 1995 and the company remained active and successful until his death in 2019. In 1980 Rodger and Mitzi welcomed their first daughter Mitzi Lauren and then their second blonde-haired blue-eyed girl Carolyn Milton in 1983. Rodger was devoted to raising his girls to be strong, independent, educated, and faithful Christian women. His pride and joy were his beautiful wife and daughters. Rodger is preceded in death by his parents Carlyle and Maxine West, sister Barbara Maxine West, brothers-in-law Terry and Timothy Stoker, parents-in-law Reggie and Jo Stoker and two of his beloved Dobermans Shiris and Sherman. He is survived by his wife Mitzi West, daughter Lauren West Yancey and husband Warren Yancey, daughter Carolyn West Phillips and husband William Chase Phillips, grandchildren West Samuel Yancey, Charlotte Lauren Yancey and William Reeves Phillips, his brothers Edward West and Jeffrey West. One Doberman, Swansea, has yet to cross the Rainbow Bridge. We rejoice in the knowledge that Rodger knew and loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We rest in the peace of having him fully restored.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Reception Saturday, August 10, 2019

Memories

Rodger Milton West

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Jim Monroe

August 14, 2019

It's with great sadness to hear of your passing! You were so instrumental in helping me establish a career in commercial real estate. I remember the days at Alliance Partners like they were yesterday; especially the lunches we would go on to Chin Chin and Montecalvo's - you never strayed off your same order everytime.

You taught me to never take no as an answer when prospecting for new clients, but most important was the care that put into those who worked with you - we all called it Camp Rodger West!

May you keeping shining down on your family and friends for eternity! God Bless you Rodger

Jill Grant

August 10, 2019

On the few occasions I was around Rodger, or spoke to him, I was always humbled by his kind spirit. He was extremely generous with his time, and had a lot of wisdom to share. His devotion to his family was evident, and he always had a great story to tell. I didn't know Rodger well, but I do know he was a genuine and compassionate individual. He touched a lot of lives in such a positive way. He will be truly missed. Praying for his wonderful family that he so loved and adored.

whitner milner

August 8, 2019

A real Gentleman !

GEORGE MILLS

August 6, 2019

Mitzi and Family
As you know Rodger and I go back to junior high, high school and Pfeiffer. I appreciate the time we spent with you and Rodger just three weeks ago. It was a joyful time full of laughs and some tears. I really appreciate that special time. It brought him joy and that joy spilled over to me. We laughed hard and cried inside. I was able to tell Rodger how much his friendship meant to me. I told him that much of what I became I learned from him. How to live life without fear, to thoroughly enjoy every second and share it with friends. And lastly that I loved him for it. I know I will see him again as will you. Right now I know he is thoroughly enjoying where he is and who he is with! Much love to you all,

George Mills

Bob & Valerie Bowers

August 5, 2019

Many many years have come and gone since our daughters became life long friends. Traveling together during those softball years are our very best memories! Rodger led the team chant in a way only he could execute, bellowing "USAaaaaa….HUH!!!!!" Rodger remains in our hearts as a beloved husband, father, and friend.
Our hearts go out to Mitzi, Carolyn, Lauren and family members.

Our Love and Prayers to You All,
Bob and Val


Allen & Barb Tibbs

August 5, 2019

Even though we never got the opportunity to meet Mr. West we felt like we knew him. Laurens words about him and West would tell me about him told us how wonderful a father and grandfather he was. Words cannot express how sorry Barb and I are for the loss in your family. Our prayers are with you and your family. We love you.

Greg Benage

August 5, 2019

Though we knew him for only a brief time, all of us at FirstLight fell in love with Rodger and his wonderful family. We are so grateful to have known him and that we were given the opportunity to help care for him when he and his family needed us. All of us were struck by his irrepressible good humor and incredible strength and courage even in the face of the greatest adversity. Rodger inspired us and touched our lives, as I know he touched so many others. All of us extend our appreciation, love and sympathy to Mitzi, Lauren, Carolyn and all of Rodger's family and friends.

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