W. Wade Rodgers

April 25, 1918September 20, 2010

W. Wade Rodgers, 92, of Staunton, passed away on Monday morning, September 20, 2010 at Emeritus Assisted Living in Staunton.

He was born on April 25, 1918 in Burnsville, VA and was the son of the late John Bell and Semma Swadley Rodgers.

Mr. Rodgers lived in Augusta County since 1925 and graduated from New Hope High School. He was employed with Merck and Company as a chemical operator for 33 years, and retired on July 1, 1976. He was a member of Grottoes United Methodist Church.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, September 24, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave with Rev. Barbara Gross officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grottoes United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 5, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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Cindy Dillon

September 23, 2010

I know Wade will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him. I took care of him and his sister at St. Luke's and to know them was to love them. He was a very caring and loving man. I am grateful to have had the chance to know him and his family. My prayers will be with all those who will miss him.

Jackie Stenson

September 23, 2010

One of my most precious Christmas gifts was a dollhouse which my parents had Wade make for me when I was about 9 years old. But my most special memories are from the times when Wade and Cat would have a group of us in Jr. High over to their house. We would play dominoes and eat snacks and then end the evening running inside and outside of their house playing tag. Wade was a gracious, loving, and caring man. He always put a smile on my face and I will miss him.

Ginny Henderson

September 23, 2010

I just wanted to let the family know how very sorry to hear of Wade passing. I have know Wade and Cat since i was a little girl. What a nice man I enjoyed talking with him. My mother was Hazel Breeden and was married to Arthur Henderson we grew up in Harriston and we still own our parents home of who both have died. I am sure your family would also remember my grandparents Arthur and Willie Breeden who lived right in Harriston. Again am very sorry to hear about Wade . The last time I talked with him was when in was in the nursing home in Fishersville. I do not take the Staunton Paper but my brother was talking with me last night and he told me. My Brother (Tom) and Siter (Lesa - who still lives in Harriston) are very sorry. Wade and Cat were two of the nicest people that I had the priveledge to have know growing up.

Ginny Henderson (Waynesboro, VA)

September 22, 2010

I worked with Wade,whom we called "Cowboy" for about three years. His favorite saying was "What are you going to be doing Christmas?" No matter what time of the year it was. He was just a fun fellow to work with. Wished I could have seen him more after retirement. May GOD welcome you "Cowboy". Alton "Dink" Lowery

Kathy Andes

September 22, 2010

Wade Rodgers was one of my favorite people. I admired his devotion to Cat, his deep faith and biblical knowledge, and last, but not least, his delightful sense of humor. Wade always used to ask me if we had "been over to the Springs?" - meaning Warm Springs, VA, where he spent his early years. He also used to joke about going to "NHHS" (New Hope High School) or as Wade put it, "Never Hardly Half Studied School." My condolences go to his family.

Mary Ruth Fields

September 21, 2010

Wade and I were paired together in a Revival Campaign in the early '70's. Our area was the country road that ran between our house and his. We were to document the addresses we visited. One home had no number, name or mailbox so we just wrote down "the house with the junk on the porch'. That was forever our standing joke. I was blessed to be able to visit him in June when I was home from Oregon. That short visit created more fond memories of a wonderful, Christ centered man. Mary Ruth Sullivan Fields

Sally Smith

September 21, 2010

I am blessed to have several items at my home that were crafted by Wade - he will always be with me! I fondly remember his humor and his kindness. He was a intricate part of my faith journey and I thank God for him and Cat. - Sally Sullivan Smith