James Knight Rogers

March 4, 1928 - May 27, 2012
James Knight Rogers

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James Knight Rogers, 84, of Hendersonville, and formerly of Sylva, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 27. He was born on March 4, 1928 in Reidsville, NC. He is preceded in death by two sons, James Knight Rogers Jr., and Lawerence Henderson Rogers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Frances Carolyn Rogers of Hendersonville; two daughters, Lynn Lusk of Hendersonville and her husband Chuck, and Janet Corbin of Jacksonville, FL; four grandsons, Chaz Lusk along with his wife Leti and their two sons, Saber Morgan Lusk and Emry Knight Lusk of Houston, TX; Christopher Lusk and his wife Sarah of Memphis, TN; Derick Rogers of Houston, TX; and Devin Rogers and his wife Desiree and their three children, Cadance, Nathanial & Avina of Tucson, AZ.

Mr. Rogers lived an incredible life. Orphaned at the age of 10 years old, he went on to impact the world greatly as a community servant, entrepreneur, and dedicated leader of his family. Growing up he attended Reidsville High School where he excelled in all sports, particularly football, achieving All-State his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was awarded a football scholarship to Davidson College where he received his bachelorís degree in business. He then began a career in the textile industry which brought his family to Sylva, NC in 1964 as the manager of Skyland Textile Industries, the maker of “Buster Brown” children’s clothes. After many years of dedicated service he became Vice President of Manufacturing.

While living in Sylva he was very active in the First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and serving as a deacon. He was also involved in coaching youth football and the Boy Scouts. After retiring from Skyland Textiles he owned and operated three “Western Steer” steakhouses in Waynesville, Franklin, and Brevard, NC. He and his wife moved to Hendersonville from Myrtle Beach, SC in 2001. Many people will remember him as an employee at Ingles grocery store on Asheville Highway. There he made countless friends as he greeted them with his warm smile, a hug, a funny joke or a song.

His life was always a reflection of his love for Jesus Christ. He touched the lives of all who knew him, but we know we will be reunited with him in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 1, 2012 in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “As Our Own,” PO Box 101282, Chicago, IL 60610 (www.asourown.org) – a ministry dedicated to orphan care for at-risk children in India.


Memorial

Friday, June 1, 2012
12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Memorial

Friday, June 1, 2012
12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • May 30, 2012
    Ann says:
    Rogers Family, Jim was a wonderful man and I always made sure to go thru Elaines line so he could bag my groceries and lift my spirits.....we all grew to love him throughout his years at Ingles and will miss that warm loving smile, sweet voice and kind word he had for everyone. A truly remarkable person who touched many lives. But, I praise the Lord I will see him again one day and hear him humming one of the favorite old hymns."

  • May 30, 2012
    Frank Crawford says:
    We remember Jim fondly and will keep the family in our prayers.

  • May 30, 2012
    Pat Sproles says:
    For years I looked forward to my visit to Ingles because I knew I would see Jim. He always had a smile and was the only man other than my husband that called me darlin' and I always enjoyed talking with him. Know that he will be missed and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Pat Sproles

  • May 30, 2012
    Mary Lou Herlihy says:
    We were so blessed in knowing Jim. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. Maryknoll Sisters Mary Lou Herlihy, Peg Lipsio and Becky Nyaki, Theresa Mangeri and Eleanor Keeney

  • May 30, 2012
    edward Yasi says:
    He was my friend and a truly warmhearted man that will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to Frances and the rest of his family. Ed Yasi