THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF FRANK RODGERS
Frank Rodgers was born June 7, 1944. He was the sixth child of ten children born to Hardy Sr. and Irene Rodgers in Monroe, Louisiana. Frank transitioned from this life on February 16, 2021 at 11:35 p.m. with the Love of his Life by his side.
He was baptized at an early age at Calvary Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana.
Frank went to Carroll Junior High School in Monroe, Louisiana and graduated from there in 1963. As a young man in high school, Frank and his best friend – Ernest Williams – started a business cutting grass, painting houses and hauling trash. After which, they were able to buy school clothes for themselves.
Frank attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Grambling State for several semesters. Frank was an Army Veteran from June 1965 and was honorably discharged in June 1967 as a Spec E-4 and Medical Specialist.
Frank and Kay were joined in holy matrimony in January of 1985 at Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. They took good care of their parents until their parents’ deaths in 1992.
On March 5, 1995, as a birthday gift to Kay, Frank and Kay joined Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church on her birthday. Frank was a faithful and active member until his death. He served in the Finance Department, as the Men’s Class Sunday School Teacher, worked in the Food Ministry and worked in the kitchen as a preparer, server and on the Clean Up crew. Frank paid for the Sunday School Classes coffee and donuts each Sunday so no one else had to.
Frank loved music and was a music genius! He collected all types of music and record albums from folk, jazz, soul, country, etc. He and Kay often attended concerts of various musical artists.
Frank was employed by General Motors for almost 42 years receiving a host of honors and rewards working as a Line Worker and he went to the Maintenance Department where he drove the scrubber. He was also on the Snow Team at General Motors. He was a faithful worker who never missed a day for 10 or more years!
Frank and Kay enthusiastically celebrated each holiday from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. For the Thanksgiving holiday each year, they traveled to Bossier City, Louisiana and spent that holiday with Frank’s brother Howard and his wife Gwen. Frank and Kay travelled all over the United States and also out of the country to Paris, London, Rome and the Bahamas. They had date nights where each decided where they wanted to take the other. They found reason to always celebrate!
Frank was preceded in death by his parents Hardy Sr. and Irene Rodgers; two brothers: Hardy Rodgers, Jr., and Howard Rodgers; three sisters: Lula Rodgers Harris, Lillie Rodgers Rowan, and Lee Ella Rodgers Barber.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and loving wife Kay of Kansas City, Missouri, Step-son Kaiyuan L. (Shanay) Mitchell, Sr. and Step-daughter Roshunda G. Mitchell; Grandchildren: Mariyan Lemmons, Keiwaun Lamont Mitchell, Jr., Louis Elijah Ray Mitchell and Great Grandchild: Malachi Lemmons all of the above residing in Fort Worth, Texas; and four siblings: Elizabeth Rodgers Clay (Charles) of Spring, Texas; Rosalie Rodgers Williams of Houston, Texas; Rosie Rodgers Webb of Glenn Heights, Texas; and Delores Rodgers Strong of Houston, Texas; Sister-In-Laws: Gwendolyn Rodgers of Bossier City, Louisiana and Mildred Fay Williamson Ray and Dorothy Dale of Kansas City, Kansas; one Aunt Blanche Daniel of Carson, California and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
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