She was an active member of Zion Baptist Church in missions organizations. She served as W.M.U. director for Zion as well as the Polk Baptist Association for many years. She taught the adult women in Sunday school and was the church organist and pianist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Woodrow Rogers; parents, Robert and Annie Hibberts Willson; and siblings, Ruth Steel, Beulah Willson, Veda Rogers, Leta Boyd, Grace Thomas and Bill Willson.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Wilson and Judy Rogers of Benton, Joan and Fred Bryson of Cleveland, Danny and Judy Rogers of Benton and Shelia and Tim Rogers of Benton; 12 grandchildren and their spouses; Brian Rogers, Russell and Teresa Rogers, Leslie and Chris Peak, Michelle and Jeff Ward, all of Benton, Freddie and Karen Bryson of Cleveland; Cheryl and Ian Lyles of Alexandria, Va., Ann Rogers, Denise and Kenny Longley, Michael and Michelle Rogers, all of Cleveland, Mark and Elisha Rogers of Etowah, Daniel Rogers and Ashleigh Rogers, both of Benton; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard Willson of Cleveland.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. W.L. Shipman, David Peters, and Kurt Benson officiating.
Interment will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Zion Cemetery with the grandsons serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Zion Baptist Church prior to the service.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Zion Baptist Church Organ Fund or Missions, 953 Parksville Road, Benton TN 37307 or Polk County Gideon Camp P.O. Box 151, Ocoee TN 37361.
Higgins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family guest book at www.higginsfuuneral.com.