Gordon Keith Rogers Jr.

November 3, 1942June 3, 2018

Gordon Keith Rogers, Jr. passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends. Keith was born on November 3, 1942 to Gordon Keith Rogers and Josephine McKelvey Rogers. He attended Vollentine Elementary, Snowden School, and Central High School. He then earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University ('64). In February 1965 he joined the US Navy as a commissioned officer aboard the USS Intrepid CVS-11 where he served faithfully until being honorably discharged in January 1968 having been promoted the rank of Lieutenant JG. After leaving the Navy he returned to Vanderbilt to earn his Juris Doctorate ('71).

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Gordon Keith Rogers and Josephine McKelvey Rogers. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Mary Lydick Rogers, his brother David Louis Rogers (Brenda) his son, Gordon Keith Rogers III, his granddaughter Josephine Dupuy Rogers, and a number of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Keith and Mary have been faithful members of Germantown Presbyterian Church for over 24 years.

Keith gave consistently of his time and talents over the years, serving on the boards of Porter Leath and the MS Society. He found joy volunteering at Agape Child and Family Services, tutoring children at the Neighborhood Christian Center and visiting veterans at the VA Hospital. Keith practiced law for over forty years, serving both individuals and businesses with his ironclad integrity, sharp mind, and service-oriented heart.

His surviving family will miss his wit and humor, and his infectious curiosity about a diverse list of subjects. To his family and friends alike, he passed on his love and ability to find beauty in so many artistic forms, from poetry and prose to architecture, sculpture to film.

The Rogers family will receive visitors on Friday, June 8 at their home from 5-8PM. A funeral service will be held at Germantown Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 9 at 1:30PM with a private interment in the GPC Memorial Garden for family later in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Germantown Presbyterian Church Music Fund. Keith was an avid supporter of the music program at GPC and could be found most Sundays after church standing behind the pulpit watching the organist playing the postlude.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 9, 2018

Gordon Keith Rogers Jr.

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June 8, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in the beautiful hope that the Bible provides. Acts 24:15 says: “There is going to be a resurrection.” God yearns to undo death by means of the resurrection. Even though the pain of losing a dear loved one is intense, knowing that God fully understands and has a permanent solution to our grief helps us to endure until we can experience these future blessings.

Linda Spiese

June 7, 2018

Dear, dear Mary,
I was struck by Keith’s handsome face, and touched by what I read about his life, his history, his talents. Such a loss for you. I’m sorry I never got to meet him, but consider myself fortunate to have had you for a friend. Bless you and all those who loved him.
I’ll be in touch.
Love to you.
Linda Spiese

Harriet and Alex Porter

June 7, 2018

Our deep sympathy to Mary, Keith, and all the family and close friends of Keith. How well I remember the fun times we had together in Nashville during law school days and then early days of law practice in Atlanta. We have loved you, Mary and Keith, for all these years. May God bless you with His peace as you face this new stage of life without this fine man.

Bill McCrary

June 5, 2018

I learned how to bop watching Keith. I wasn't a close friend of his, but my close friends were. We also served on Reunion Committees together and I looked forward to his wit and fellowship at our planning meetings. The Central class of '60 has lost one of it's best and brightest.

Beverly Buchalter

June 5, 2018

Mary and Family,
Regretfully I will be in NY with my daughter and her family on Saturday during Keith's funeral.
I'll never forget Keith's warmth and friendship from elementary days at Vollentine to having wonderful visits with you both in recent years.
Know my heartfelt thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Warmly, Beverly Buchalter