James Lamar Rogers, age 94, of Knoxville and formerly of Chattanooga, passed
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away Sunday, May 3, 2020.
He was born in Murfreesboro, TN to the late Eliza Guy (E.G.) and Nora Moore Rogers. He was also preceded in death by his wife Margaret (Peggy) Long Rogers.
He was a former long time member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chattanooga where he was a youth Sunday School teacher for many years. He was presently a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Knoxville.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed on the Island of Leyte in the Philippines.
He received a Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University, and lettered in basketball. Later, he earned his Master's Degree from the University of Florida. He retired from the Hamilton County School System after 44 years of teaching Physics and Chemistry. Sports were a major part of his life, and he enjoyed every minute as a player and coach in football, basketball, baseball and tennis.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and David Kindle of Knoxville; granddaughter and husband, Megan and Michael Dellasperanza; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted, 11:00 am, Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Cedar Grove Cemetery with Dr. Alan Price officiating. Due to the Covid-19 virus, there will be no formal visitation or services.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Pat Summitt Foundation to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive SW #1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.
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