In Memoriam: Fred Wayne Rogers

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    “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your Master’s happiness. Matthew 25:21” Fred Wayne Rogers, 90, a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Central, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was born in Fairbanks, Louisiana, August 24, 1921, to Fred Odom and Rilla Howard Rogers, grew up in Union Parish and graduated from Fairbanks High School in 1938. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of two wars, putting his education plans on hold to serve in World War II as part of the Iwo Jima invasion. He then returned to serve his country in the Korean Conflict, as a communications specialist. After completing his service the second time, he returned to Louisiana to marry Marion Dorice “Dot” Malone, to whom he was married over 50 years. He was finally able to return to LSU to complete his education as a chemical engineer and immediately began his career with Exxon which ended with his retirement with over 30 years of service. His years there allowed him the opportunity to travel the world as a project manager and consultant for the company. He also served as the president and president Emeritus of Exxon Federal Credit Union. He was a long time member of Immanuel Baptist Church, serving in every capacity needed by the church, from Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Finance Committee to unpaid grounds-keeper and church handyman along with his long time friend Maxie Verbois.  Fred truly had the heart of a servant as he cared for the homes and vehicles of untold people over the years, especially the elderly and widows (often being observed wrapping the pipes of numerous homes on freezing nights). His lifelong example of service, care, and giving will influence the lives of many families and friends for generations to come.
    He is survived by his children, daughters Amy Rogers, and Cindy Rogers Morris and her husband James “Butch” Morris, and grandchildren Matthew Wayne Morris and Michael James Morris, sister Elizabeth Fastnacht and her husband Ruben, sister-in-law Mildred Cicala, and dear friends Nelda McLin and Bobbie McLin. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.  
    The family would like to especially  thank his long time friend and physician Dr. Herschel Dean, his sitters from Personal Homecare Services who have faithfully cared for him and his family, Lane Home Health, and the skilled Generations Hospice team who assisted us as we navigated this life transition.  
    Visitation at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd Baton Rouge, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Sunday, March 18, 2012 and resumes Monday at 11:00 AM until memorial services at 12:00 Noon to be conducted by Rev. Steve Johnson and Rev. Andy Pierce. Burial to follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park in the Garden of Liberty.
    Fred had a great love for his church (Immanuel Baptist Church,  10870 Lovett Rd, City of Central, LA  70818) and the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home (P. O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA  71203). In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor.
“Always Faithful”