James (Dick) Rodgers, 91, died Jan. 6, 2014 at the Mobile Infirmary Hospital at 3:56 with his family by his side.
He was born April 3, 1922 in Whatley to the late Jack and Annie Rodgers. He joined Indiana Ridge Baptist Church at a young age and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whatley until the time of his transition, serving in various capacities. He was affectionately known as “Dick” and “Mayor of Whatley,” served in the United States Army for four years. He was a World War II Veteran. After serving his country overseas, he returned to Whatley and worked at Jackson Saw Mill Company until his retirement. He was united in marriage to Birdie Mae Johnson on Dec. 11, 1964.
Survivors include one son, Omar Rashad, Lansing, Ill.; one daughter, Barbara (Johnnie) Bush, Gary, Ind.; one brother, Heary Rodgers, Whatley; three sisters, Katie Dell Brown, Elsie Jackson, Gladys Robinson, all of Grove Hill; eight grandchildren, LaTanza (Charles) Woodson, Tiffany Rashad, BR Lane, Jameela Rashad, Shavel Hicks, Jamaal Rashad, Jameel (Shaynell) Rashad, Melvin Rodgers Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces, special friends, Harold Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Garrick, and Mrs. Sue Coleman; devoted caregivers, Michael Burroughs, Anne Pope, Pearl Pugh, Sharon and Carl Robinson, Marjorie Pendleton.
He was preceded in death by his other, Annie; father Jack; son, Melvin Rodgers and a brother, Isiah Rodgers.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 11 at ???? – will meet with the family at 3 p.m. today and will call me with that information at the First Baptist Church of Whatley at 26820 Hwy. 84 East, in Whatley with Rev. Fernell Pendleton officiating. Burial will be in the Whatley Cemetery.
Thomasville Memorial will direct.