Alfred Rogers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Funeral services for Alfred H. Rogers, 95, of Bainbridge, were held Monday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. James T. Trice and the Rev. Stephen L. Webb officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memory Gardens.

Mr. Rogers was born in Durham, N.C., the son of James David Rogers and Nettie Lucretia Blum Rogers, and died Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at Memorial Hospital.

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He moved with his family to Cairo in 1932, and as a senior played halfback for the Syrupmakers. Mr. Rogers married Julia Cooper from Meigs, Ga., in 1938. He became a part of the Turner Furniture Company family when he moved to Bainbridge in the late 1940s to manage a store.

Since retirement, he was still often recognized as Mr. Turner Furniture and continued a strong bond of love and friendship with the Turner family. Growth and progress in Decatur County made him smile and he wore his Chamber of Commerce Ambassador button with pride and energy. He served 12 years on the Bainbridge City Council and always mentioned to newcomers that the YMCA, Memorial Hospital, Bainbridge College and the Chamber of Commerce were among the blessings of living in Bainbridge.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was active in a variety of administrative positions. He was also a past president of the Bainbridge Rotary Club and holds the record for having the longest perfect attendance. He lived his life using the 4-way test and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He touched the hearts and minds of so many, young and old, during his life span of almost 96 years. He lived each day to the fullest as God’s servant, whether worshiping or working; praying or promising; fishing or hunting; striving to do the best he could to make each day better for someone else. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Cooper Rogers.

Survivors include his daughter, Anne Fowler and her husband, Johnny, of Bainbridge; three grandchildren, Dr. Jay Fowler of Oklahoma, Tisha Fowler of Bainbridge and James Alfred Fowler of Oklahoma; and his sister, Alice Acker and her husband, Nathan, of Elberton, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Alfred Rogers Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 541, Bainbridge, GA 39818.