Desha County Judge Roy Edward Rodgers, 70, died on Friday, October 28, 2016.
He lived a life of love, joy, influence, and hard work. He loved South Arkansas and its natural beauty. He was well-known for his ability to connect with people through his affection and affinity for story-telling. His laugh was infectious and if you ever met him you remembered him forever.
Rodgers had been the Desha County Judge since 2012, a position for which he had great passion, and took pride in helping the people of his county. Prior to that, he spent nearly 30-years at Potlatch Corporation, working his way up from mechanic to Sr. Group Leader. He worked for Brown & Root in the construction and maintenance of the Weyerhaeuser paper mill in Valiant, OK, from 1969-77.
Rodgers participated in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He became a Mason in 1971, and was past-Master at Lodge 301 in Valiant, Oklahoma. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. He was active in the McGehee Men’s Club. During his paper mill career he was active in professional maintenance organizations. While county judge he was involved in several county judge associations.
He loved his hunting club, Crossett Camp on Big Island where he spent more than 30 years as a member and served as president of both the camp and the Big Island Association.
Rodgers was born on April 10, 1946, in East St. Louis, Illinois and was the son of the late Hudson and Bertha Rodgers. He has six siblings, Bill Rodgers, Don Rodgers, Betty Christmas, Dr. Charles Rodgers, the late Tommy Rodgers, and Jim Rodgers. Roy was married to Mary Rodgers on 2001.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; his children, Robbin Rodgers (Casey), Becky Selby (Thad), Justin Matheny (Cara), Peyton Turner (Kip), and eight grandchildren, Carson, Jake, and Rhett Matheny; Scarlett, Adriene, and Hudson Rodgers and Avery and Allen Selby; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed & Betty Murphy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Ginny Murphy and Brenda and Jimmy Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Home in McGehee on October 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church, in McGehee on October 31 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Reggie Russell and Dr. Ed Balducci officiating. Burial will be at McGehee Cemetery.
Memorials be made to the Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 495, McGehee, Arkansas 71654 or the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 467, McGehee, Arkansas, 71654.