The life of David Edward Rogers will be celebrated at a memorial service at Hernando United Methodist Church, 1980 Mt. Pleasant Road, Hernando, MS, Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11 a.m.; with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. David was born in New Albany, MS, September 1, 1947, to Mike and Lorene Rogers who preceded him in death. He died November 13, 2014, from a massive stroke. He was a 1965 graduate of W.P. Daniel High School and was already looking forward to his 50th class reunion next May. He was a proud 1970 graduate of the University of Mississippi, even being part of the largest group ever kicked out of Ole Miss for staging a spirited raid at Blue Mountain College six weeks into his freshman year. He also attended Law School at the University of Mississippi, dropping out to marry a high school senior, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Barrett, and begin a fun adventure that lasted the rest of his life. He was a retired Human Resource Executive after serving as Personnel Manager at Baxter Healthcare, Cleveland, MS and retiring in 2003 as Vice-President of Human Resources at Hollywood Casino, Tunica. He took great pride in all the younger men and women who had worked for him who advanced in the field of Human Resources. He served on the board of directors of many organizations including the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Cleveland Rotary Club, Cleveland Airport Commission, American Heart Association and the Chamber of Commerce, Florence, SC. He was a former president of Bolivar County United Way, District 4 Ole Miss Alumni Club, and the Delta Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management. He was former chairman of the Employee Relations Committee of MMA and a former member of the administrative board and board of trustees of Cleveland First United Methodist Church. He was a life-long Methodist and an active member of Hernando United Methodist Church where he especially enjoyed the United Methodist Men, the Adult Friendship Sunday School Class and the Walk the Line exercise group. One lifelong friend recalled that if he could have adopted a brother, it would have been David. He loved God, his family, his friends, travelling and planning the next trip, the Ole Miss Rebels, the New Orleans Saints, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He bravely fought through cancer twice and other health problems without a single complaint. He was a lifelong golf fanatic, scoring his first hole-in-one eight days before his death. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Beth; son Mark (wife Elizabeth) of Cookeville, TN; son Will of Hernando, MS; daughter “Laura Loo” of Denver, CO; his precious granddaughters Kaylee and Alexi Rogers and their mother Amber Rogers of Hernando; his brother Carroll (wife Havis) of New Albany, MS; sister Betty Johnson (Husband Fred) of Cleveland, MS; nieces Jan Pannell (husband John) of New Albany; Sherri Arledge (husband Chris) of Mobile, AL; Susan Martin (husband Daniel) of Oxford, MS; Anna Way (husband Ricky) of Oxford; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was an organ donor and his body will be cremated. At the time of Beth’s death, their ashes will be scattered together; until death do us part, then together for eternity. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Building Fund of Hernando United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Hernando Funeral Home