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Tibby Smith Hollingsworth
I was so sorry to read that Harold passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My condolences to the family, I enjoyed knowing and flying with Harold over 50 years. He will be missed.
I am so very sorry, for your loss, Harold was such a thoughtful person.. praying 🙏 for you, and your family..
I'm so very sorry,
Mr. Rogers was such a great man, He was also a loving and kind individual. He was like sunshine on a cloudy day and my family and I will sadly miss him, but we also know he is in god's care.
I had not seen Mr. Rogers in quite a number of years. Reading his obituary brought back some memories of his interesting life, bits and pieces that I picked up going back to when I was a child and being his son's longtime friend. For some years, he would drive some notable cars, which a young man would be fascinated with, along with his aviation knowledge. He always seemed to be a real gentleman. I am sorry to hear of his passing. Blessings to the family. DB
Genie Duggan (Garrett)
I’m sure Harold will be missed by all who knew him. He was a charming southern gentleman. Always enjoyed visiting with Harold and Alicia. He always had interesting stories to share and was knowledgeable in so many areas. My sympathy to Alicia and the entire family. I will be thinking of you Alicia on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Wish I could be there. Blessings, Genie
Harold sold me my first new car almost 50 yrs ago. We would talk occasionally and always talked about having lunch. Now I wish we had.He was an extraordinary man. What a life well lived.Respects to all his family
Harold C. Rogers, Sr.
Harold Cecil Rogers, Sr., 87, of St. Mary’s, Georgia, passed away on October 12, 2022, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Georgia.
Born on June 20, 1935, in Cherokee, North Carolina, to the late Oscar Rogers and Edna Warren Rogers. He moved with his sister, Ruth, and her husband, Jasper Garrett, to Fernandina Beach, Florida, when he was 12 years old and graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1952. While attending the College of William and Mary, he worked for the Norfolk & Western Railroad, Ford Motor Company, and Norfolk News. After college, he married Alicia Russell in November 1957.
For several years, Harold worked in the family car dealership, Russell Chevrolet-Buick, in Kingsland, Georgia, where he resided with his wife and their son, Harold C. Rogers, Jr. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of St. Mary’s.
Encouraged by his father-in-law, C. G. Russell (himself an avid pilot), Harold pursued his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. He also served in the Florida Air National Guard. In addition to his flying career, Harold was an air-traffic controller for the F.A.A. and retired from there, as well. Harold also was a licensed flight instructor and flight examiner and helped many aspiring pilots earn their wings.
Harold also served on the Kingsland City Council, was a Sunday-School teacher, loved to fish, and was an avid motorsports enthusiast and participant, racing stock cars, hydroplanes, and dune buggies. He also loved sports and played football, basketball, tennis, and golf. He was also a generous and caring man, supportive of those around him, and always encouraging to others. He was the type of person who inspired those around him to pursue their dreams.
Employed in the flight department of Gate Petroleum up until his passing, some of Harold’s fondest memories were of the famous people he was able to fly: Dignitaries such as Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, General Norman Schwarzkopf, and also Muhammad Ali. Harold, himself a successful amateur boxer, greatly enjoyed discussing boxing and life with Ali.
Harold leaves behind his spouse of 64 years, Alicia Russell Rogers, son Harold Jr., daughter-in-law Kim Nelson Rogers, grandsons Harold “Chip” C. Rogers III and Curt Nelson Rogers, all of St. Mary’s. Harold was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters, Charles, Lois, Ruth, Alice, Shirley, Elsie, and Clarence, all of whom resided in and around Cherokee. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings. Harold had many nieces and nephews, including the late Barbara Garrett Owle, her son Joey and his wife Cheryl Owle’s daughters, Heather and Joi, also of Cherokee. Harold was a proud member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, who will be missed by all who knew him.
A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022, in the Burgess Chapel of at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors in Fernandina. The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Mary’s at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hospice of the Golden Isles.