Pastor Jonas Rogers was born June 29, 1951 in Coffee County, Alabama to the late Will Rogers, Sr., and Louise Rogers. At a young age, he was baptized and joined Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Coffee County, Alabama. He received his education through the public schools of Coffee County and graduated in 1969 from Mulberry High School. He was employed with Micolas Mills in Opp, Alabama for over forty years. After their doors closed, he worked for five years with INZI Controls in Elba, Alabama. Pastor Rogers was called into the ministry early in life. He served as an active pastor at Phillip Chapel (36 years) and Goshen First Baptist (32 years). During his years in the ministry, he also served as pastor of Falco First Baptist in Covington County, Alabama. He was active in the Mulberry District Association and founder of the Glory Workers Daily Devotional Team through his job at the Mill. For years, he was twilled, singing with the Opp Male Chorus. He found joy in the Lord, and he carried it with him wherever he went. Often, he would share a joke from the pulpit to get your week off to a good start. He was united in Holy matrimony to Virginia Roberson Rogers on July 16, 1983. Pastor Rogers enjoyed social events and gathering with friends and family. He loved his wife and children, but his grandchildren were the center of his attention; he loved basketball and football, and in his earlier years, he was a long-distance runner. In his spare-time, you could find him in Goshen or Troy spreading God’s word at the senior centers or walking door to door telling people about Jesus. He shall forever be remembered by his contagious smile and love for all. Leaving to cherish his precious memories is his loving wife, Virginia Roberson Rogers, Elba, AL; one daughter, Shalandra “Tee” Rogers, one son, Jonas Reymar Rogers, both of Montgomery, AL; two grandchildren, Jaidyn Walker-Rogers “Boo Boo” and Darien Rogers “Little Boo” , both of Montgomery, AL; five sisters, Rebecca Lindsey, Ethel Horstead, Betty Mullins, Johnnie (Willie) McBride, and Martha Gilford; three brothers, J. P. (Martha) Rogers, C. P. (Mildred) Rogers, and Will (Sharon) Rogers, Jr., one aunt, Idella Herndon, Cleveland, OH; sister-in-law, Johnnie Seymore-Crumsey (Charles), Detroit, MI; brother-in-law, Garry (Elaine) Roberson, Detroit, MI; long-time high school buddies, Doug McNeal, Danny Belcher, Lo Earl Flowers, and Gwen Ellison Pierce; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relative and friends; and the church congregations of Phillip Chapel and Goshen First Baptist. Pastor Rogers opened his heart to so many people. If you were fortunate enough to have been in that number, smile and follow in his footsteps; be a role model to all.
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