OBITUARY

James Walter Rogers

May 25, 1925January 24, 2019
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Former Henry County Sheriff James Walter Rogers, 93, of Collinsville passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019. He was born in Stokes County, N.C. on May 25, 1925 to Walter and Susan Bannie Hill Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his very devoted and loving wife of 64 years, Vera Lou Cox Rogers; three sisters, Ruth Wood, Dorothy Bateman, and Vera Dollarhite; three brothers, Joe Rogers Sr., Glen Rogers, and Paul Rogers.

He is survived by his daughter Jan Rogers; son, Mike Rogers and his wife Jackie; grandchildren, Dr. James Bradley Rogers and Christie Rogers. He is also survived by a brother, Morris Rogers and his wife Janene; sister-in-law Virginia Rogers; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Rogers was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, whose life was dedicated to the service of others. He proudly served his country during 21 years of service with the United States Marine Corps. He was a decorated veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict where he fought in four major battles, including the Chosin Reservoir battle where temperatures reached 35 below zero. In addition to receiving three Presidential Citations, he was awarded many medals including the Bronze Star with Combat V and the Purple Heart for his valorous actions when he was wounded by machine gun fire during the Korean War.

Rogers’ outstanding marksmanship skills earned him highly coveted positions on the Marine Corps Competition Rifle Team, as well as the Competition Pistol Team. In addition to winning over 200 trophies, he also won two gold medals and one silver during inter-service and divisional rifle competitions.

Immediately following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1964 Rogers joined the Henry County Sheriff’s Department when there were only 4 other deputies and a Sheriff assigned to Henry County. Rogers worked as a road deputy, investigator and later established the department’s first records system, which was highly praised by State and Federal officials. He was elected Sheriff in November of 1979 and completed three four-year terms until retiring on December 31, 1991. The Rogers family will be forever grateful to all of the many loyal employees and citizens who supported him and the Department.

Rogers was very active in local historical, civic and veterans groups. He served as a member of the Martinsville and Henry County Veteran’s Honor Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 52, American Legion Post 42, Sons of the American Revolution and the Marine Corps League Edward W. Richardson Detachment. In 1997 he was selected Veteran of the Year among all local veteran organizations. In 2009 he was honored as Henry County’s Veteran of the Year.

Rogers was a Master Mason of the Piedmont Masonic Lodge No 152. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Fieldale Collinsville Rescue Squad for 16 years. He was also a long- time member of Stone Memorial Christian Church where he served as a deacon and later was a charter member of Traditional Christian Church.

Rogers was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Our family wishes to acknowledge the kind, compassionate and excellent care provided in the past by Dr. James Isernia, Dr. Scott Oneil, Dr. Samuel Hurt, Dr. Andrew Gerhken, Dr. James Muehleck and retired Surgeon Dr. David Lewis. The family extends deep appreciation for the excellent care he received from the staff at SOVAH Hospital, Stanleytown Health Care, and SOVAH Hospice, especially nurse Mallory Knight. We also appreciate the caregiver services provided by Sammy Shively, Fuzzy Melton, Sherita Stanley and Janette Jackson.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Stone Memorial Christian Church. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Church with the Reverend Lawrence Harris, Reverend Don Pruitt and Reverend Tim Mills officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park with military honors by the United States Marine Corps and Martinsville-Henry County Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Martinsville Henry County Veterans Honor Guard, P.O. Box 1002, Collinsville, VA 24078 or the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Benevolent Fund, 3250 Kings Mtn. Road, Martinsville, VA 24112.

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James Walter Rogers

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Steve Cardwell

January 30, 2019

James Rogers was more dedicated to his family, community, and country than anyone else I can think of. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Deborah Massey

January 28, 2019

To The Family of James Rogers and Mike,

It is with heartfelt sympathy to learn of the passing of your Father. He was always such a kind and friendly man. My deepest condolences go out to you Mike and your Family.

Sincerely with love,

Deborah Massey

Sam and Lola Wells

January 28, 2019

Sorry for your loss , your dad will be missed on this earth. He has gone to collect his rewards in heaven. until we all meet again I pray for GOD to comfort you in this time of need.

Lorrie White

January 27, 2019

Words cannot Express how sad we are to hear about Mr. Roger's. We have known your family for a long time and both he and Mrs. Vera were such a blessing to us all. He will be sadly missed and our hearts go out to Mike and all the family. It seems like yesterday we just talked about your dad. Take pride in the wonderful heroic loving man he was. He will always be in our thoughts and it was our honor to know him. God bless you always. Love, JC&Lorrie

R Dale Trotter

January 27, 2019

Dear family and friends of Sheriff James W Rogers,
When I was just 14 in Collinsville VA I met Sheriff Rogers, and he began leading me on a path that would include the Henry County Sheriffs Office Explorer program and later he would share his story of how the military is a great place to start. Which led me to join the Army and ultimately led me to Law Enforcement and the start of my career in 1997. This year I will retire as a Corporal with the Worcester County Sheriffs Office and my wife and I will continue our next chapter as missionaries in Guatemala. I share this, because I give all the credit first to God, then to Sheriff James W Rogers, who unknowingly touched this young Collinsville VA boy in a way that he will never know.
God bless the family, Sheriff Rogers is was a true honor.
Respectfully
Dale Trotter

Ercell Cowan

January 27, 2019

Sorry for your loss.

Vickie Chitwood

January 27, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless you all. Vickie Chitwood

Charlie Bradshaw

January 27, 2019

Mike.
So sorry about your father's passing. If I can help in any way , please let me know.
Also AUNT B says Hey.

Kelly Ratcliff

January 27, 2019

Mike, your father was a true American hero not only as a US Marine and the sacrifice he gave for the freedom of our country, but also as a leader as a law enforcement professional. Your father's dedication to the citizens of Martinsville-Henry Co. impacted the Henry County Sheriff's Department as a leader in the profession while he served as our Sheriff. Mike, I know he was an inspiration concerning your own development as the professional in law enforcement and other ventures in your personal career. I was honored to have had the opportunity to work with your father as a funeral professional, and to count him as a dear friend along with yourself. If there is anything I can do for you or the family during this time of bereavement; please do not hesitate to contact me, our prayers are with you.

Danny Spencer

January 27, 2019

Mike, I was sadden to hear of the passing of your father, for I knew how much he meant to you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, if there is anything that I can do please reach out to me.

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