J.M. Rogers, 1931-2015

J.M. Rogers

J.M. Rogers

The Rev. J.M. Rogers, 83, of Fort Smith, passed away August 26, 2015. He was a retired United Methodist minister, having served 61 years in the ministry.

He began his ministry in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and pastored Magazine, Lucas, Hector and Caulksville. In 1960, he became a United Methodist minister and served Lavaca, Mulberry, Alma, Greenwood, Booneville, Harrisburg, Midland Heights in Fort Smith and Paris, where he retired from active ministry in 1997. He returned to the Greenwood United Methodist and served as visitation minister for seven years, and was given the honor of pastor emeritus and retired again. He was later appointed as chaplain at Methodist Health and Rehab, where he served for 10 years before retiring in 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane; two daughters, Debbie Cooper and her husband, Rick, of Cedarville, and Barbara Rogers of Fort Smith; two granddaughters, Kathi Conner of Jenny Lind and Emilee Barto of Groton, Conn.; one grandson, John Clark of Harrisonville, Mo.; two great-grandsons, Jacob Conner of Jenny Lind and Cooper Barto of Groton, Conn.; one great-granddaughter, Lauralie Barto of Groton, Conn.; two brothers, Paul Rogers and his wife, Karen, of Enid, Okla., and Ronnie Rogers and his wife, Amanda, of Fort Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Irene Rogers, and his birth mother, who died soon after his birth, Zuma Gilliam Rogers.

The funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Greenwood United Methodist Church, with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 548, Greenwood, AR 72936, or to an organization of your choice.