OBITUARY

Dean "Deanie" James Rogers

October 4, 1939September 29, 2021

"Deanie” or Eleanor Dean James Rogers was welcomed home on September 29th, 2021. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Charlie Martin, her mother Bobbie James, her father Lorris James, various in-laws, numerous aunts and uncles, and her husband of over 60 years, Jesse “J.L.” Rogers. She is survived by her loving children James (Charlotte) Rogers, Marty (Barbara) Rogers, and Pam (John) Hassell, her grandchildren Jessica (Anthony) Zylinski, Jimmy Rogers, Brittany Rogers, Nicholas Hassell, and three great-grandchildren, Noah, Emma, and Ellie Zylinski, along with two sisters Delores (Charlie) Donald and Kathleen (Gene) Terry and their families.

Deanie experienced many unique opportunities over the almost 82 years of her life. However, the one she held most dearly was the opportunity she had to trust God with her life. Deanie didn’t have an easy life; as the middle child of a railroad family, born in Brewton, Alabama, on October 4th, 1939, she encountered many trials. No matter what life brought her, she always managed to remind any who would listen that “I don’t worry. Do you know why? Because I know I’m right here in the palm of God’s hand.” In her youth, Deanie was an active member of the Masonic Lodge’s Order of the Rainbow for Girls, where she nurtured her love and loyalty to others. She graduated from Murphy High School just before Mobile’s 200th celebration in which she participated. She excelled in many areas, such as dancing, traveling, camping, fishing, canning, cooking, race car driving, and shooting guns. After her marriage, she taught Electronics Theory and Morse Code for the Mobile Alabama Amateur Radio Club, holding a Technician Class or Higher license and logging well over a hundred military member-to-home, radio/phone calls for servicemen during the Vietnam War.

Though she accomplished many incredible feats, she talked most about her involvement in the church. She dedicated her life to serving others, from leading neighborhood small groups to being on the Decorating Committee at Tillman’s Corner First Baptist Church. Deanie took every opportunity that came her way, to help make disciples.

Eleanor Dean held an incredible beauty. The kind of beauty that was spirit-filled. This woman loved the Lord. It was easy to see this when meeting her, but the extent to which she sought out God’s will is what brings us comfort in knowing she is home with her Lord now. She steeped every inch of her home in prayer. Deanie had names taped inside doors and drawers, some names in multiple places if they really needed prayer. She said she would open a door for something and would be reminded to pray for that person. Not only was she spirit-filled, but she was also feisty. She could point her finger at the devil and he’d likely run for cover. She was quick to defend those that belonged to her. And trust me, if you belonged to her, you knew it too.

Deanie will be missed more than she could have ever imagined. However, we celebrate that she is where she always wanted to be. She is at the feet of Jesus.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 8, 2021

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