Imogene Green Rogers was ushered into eternity on June 8, 2020, surrounded by her family at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. Imogene was born on February 28, 1933, to Tom Henry and Annie Laura Green. She loved God, church, family, word puzzles, puzzles, board games, and game shows.
Most of her life, Imogene was a stay at home mother and housewife. She worked part-time in retail at Graber’s, Gibson’s, and Kent’s where she greeted everyone with a sweet smile. Edward always said, “she brought her paycheck home in a sack.” She owned and helped operate Rogers’ Biggersville Grocery for 3 years. Kenny’s BBQ was the last public job she held. She enjoyed working at Kenny’s and meeting the public. She gave up Kenny’s to help raise 2 of her youngest grandchildren.
Imogene attended both Hinkle and Biggersville School. At the end of her sophomore year, she began another chapter in her life with a handsome young man she met at the movies, Edward Rogers. At the ages of 15 and 18, they were married on August 27, 1948. What followed was 69 years of lovingly living out and honoring her marriage vows to the love of her life. What a wonderful legacy of devotion and faithfulness they have left for their family.
Like many people looking for jobs, they moved up North to Libertyville, IL in 1953. Edward worked at Hawthorne Melody Farms. Imogene sometimes gave tours to school children at the farm. She charmed all of the farm’s visitors with her rich southern drawl. She was definitely a crowd favorite! However, they missed Hinkle, and moved back home in 1957.
Imogene was a mother to 3 children by the age of 21 with a 4th one to follow some 12 years later. “Her children arise and call her blessed….” She loved being a mother and made sure that her children were well taken care of. She was a meticulous housekeeper and organized in all that she did in her home. The sun never went down that her children were not provided a wonderful meal, a warm bed, and covered in prayer. Imogene followed God’s word in Joel 1:3, “Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation”, by teaching her children about Jesus and making sure that each of them came to know the Lord as their savior.
Family was treasured by Imogene. Anytime some of her family was present, she was happy. Her heart was the fullest when the whole Rogers clan was gathered in Hinkle, no matter the occasion. She especially loved Easter – watching the little ones hunt eggs, hiding Easter baskets for the grandkids to find, and the taking of the annual Easter pictures. Proverbs 17:6, “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” The verse depicts one of the things that brought “Granny” great joy. She doted on each of them and loved the time she got to spend with them.
Imogene was a gifted seamstress who made beautiful clothing for her daughters growing up. She was a talented quilter, making beautiful hand-pieced quilts for each of her children and grandchildren.
Imogene was into “scrapbooking” before it was popular. She loved pictures and had many albums full of pictures/memories complete with dates, details, and notations. She scrapbooked their first family vacation to the Smokey Mountains in 1972, including the cost of the 3-night trip - $128.54.
Imogene was an excellent cook and loved to feed her family and friends. Folks were tickled to pull up a chair and put their feet under her kitchen table and feast on vegetables straight from her garden, meatloaf, or a pot of vegetable soup, and coconut and pecan pies. She always had an extra plate for anyone who stopped by. No one ever left hungry or disappointed.
She was a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church until she was no longer able to attend. She helped to organize the “Christmas Giveaway” every year for several years for underprivileged families in the community. She was active in the WMU ministry and sang in the choir. The Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…” Imogene did just this by sharing the love of Jesus by teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Imogene never missed an opportunity to care and serve others in the church. If there was a need, she was there to meet it. She could be found visiting and taking food to shut-ins and those in need. Most importantly she was a prayer warrior. Imogene knew Jesus intimately. She regularly lifted up her loved ones to the throne of Grace. She prayed diligently for those she loved and anyone else that had a need. She strived to be the hands and feet of Jesus in her community and church.
Imogene Rogers’ daily walk with Jesus was one we should seek to emulate. Her life was rich in evidence of God’s faithfulness. 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to me on that day…”
To know her was to love her. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and sister – a life well-lived.
She is survived by her son, James Dennis Rogers of Hinkle, MS; her daughters, Judy Brawner and husband Brad of Corinth, MS and Jamie McCoy and husband Sam of Booneville, MS; her seven grandchildren, Rick Taylor and wife Shannon of Lexington, TN, Pam Verdung and husband Philip of Corinth, MS, Zach Rogers of Florence, AL, Clint Rogers and wife Angela of Florence, AL, Lee McCoy and wife Anna of Madison, MS, Tate McCoy of Booneville, MS, and Jackson McCoy of Booneville, MS; her six great-grandchildren, Mary Mallette Taylor, Ben Taylor, Jack Taylor, Will Verdung, Gavin Rogers, and Declan Rogers; her brother, Jerry Green and wife Ann of Hinkle, MS; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends and church family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James Edward Rogers; her daughter, Janice McDaniel and husband Terry; her parents, Tom Henry Green and Annie Laura Green; and her brother, Thomas Wayne Green.
A private family service will be held Thursday, June 11, 2020. Bro. David George, Rick Taylor, Judy Brawner, and Kim Eubanks will officiate the service. Pallbearers include, Rick Taylor, Zach Rogers, Clint Rogers, Lee McCoy, Tate McCoy, Jackson McCoy, and Will Verdung. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antioch Baptist Church C/O Jana McCalla, 36 CR 565, Rienzi, MS 38865. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Imogene Rogers.