William Gray “Buddy” Rogers, 85, of Pilot Mountain, passed peacefully, at Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home on October 24, 2020. Born June 3, 1935, he was the son of Edward F. and Nettie I. Rogers. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Rita Wright Rogers; his sons, Ronald E. “Ron” Rogers (Michelle M. Rogers) and Darryl W. Rogers (Diana O’Neal Rogers); a brother, James A. Rogers; two sisters, Katie Taylor and Lena Dodson; three grandchildren, Melissa Rogers Sherrodd (Zachary Sherrodd), Abby Rogers and Gracie Rogers; and two great-grandchildren, David Sherrodd and Daniel Sherrodd. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.
A man of great work ethic, he was employed as a chemical engineer for PPG for many years. He exhibited those same ethics in his devotion to his family and to his church and community in various organizations and roles. He served his country as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp. from 1954 to 1962. Locally, he acted as a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of North Carolina and Surry County from 2009-2014. He served First Baptist Church in Pilot Mountain as a deacon from 2011-2017 and was a member of the Optimus Club from 1970-1974.
A service as unique as the gentleman himself, will be held October 28, 2020 at First Baptist Church with a drive-thru visitation, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Private Full Military honors will be presented.
Cox-Needham Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Rogers family.
In lieu of flowers, please make direct donations to: First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain, c/o Building Debt Fund, PO Box 818 , Pilot Mountain, NC 27041.
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