Charles Joseph Rodgers, Sr., 72, of Linton, passed away at 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at Health South Hospital in Terre Haute.
Born May 13, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of William and Sarah (Steele) Rodgers. On March 8, 1956, he married Rosie L. (Nichols) Rodgers.
He was a Southern Baptist minister and was a member of the Friendly Grove Baptist Church. He served with honor in the United States Army for twenty years during the Korean War, Berlin Build-Up, and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the military, he attended Washington Bible College and began his ministerial work in Maryland, then went on to continue his service to God in Indiana at the Providence Baptist Church, Wilson General Baptist Church, and the First Baptist Church in Jasonville, among others. He will be remembered mostly for his dedication to the ministry, his love, compassion and strength, his sound advice, and his sense of humor and love of laughter.
Survivors include: his wife Rosie of Linton; three sons, Charles J. Rodgers, Jr., of Lyons, Steven R. Rodgers of Elnora, and Mark K. Rodgers of Linton; a twin brother Frank Rodgers of Linton; four other brothers, Jim, Harold, Kenneth, and Bob Rodgers; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home Linton Chapel with Dorman Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Friendly Grove Cemetery, north of Jasonville. Military graveside rites will be conducted.
Friends may call from noon until the hour of the service on Friday at the funeral home.
The family has suggested that memorial donation may be made to the American Cancer Society.