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James "Jim" Albert Rogers 
The Herald Democrat
October 21, 2009

James "Jim" Albert Rogers of Plano and formerly of Whitesboro, 76-year-old retired air traffic controller, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 19, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. 
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 in the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel, Sherman. Rev. Mike Flanagan, pastor of First Baptist Church in Whitesboro, will officiate and the burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery. An honor guard from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls will conduct military graveside honors Jim was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Sherman, the son of Jefferson Davis Rogers and Katherine Louise Chewning Rogers. He attended Sherman elementary schools before moving to the suburb of Oak Cliff in Dallas where he attended Sunset High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and eventually began his training as an air traffic controller before his honorable discharge in 1956. He also attended several classes at SMU in Dallas. He married Patricia Sanders on Sept. 28, 1962 in Garland. They raised their family in Grand Prairie for 32 years and were members of Inglewood Baptist Church. 
Jim was an air traffic controller in Atlanta and Valdosta, Ga. before taking employment at Dallas Love Field. He then continued his career at DFW International Airport when it opened for service and retired in 1986. He loved to fly planes and had earned his pilot's license, both commercial license and multi-engine license. He also taught air traffic control in Oklahoma City, Okla. 
In addition to flying, Jim loved fishing, camping in Colorado, deer hunting and golf. He was the true outdoorsman. Following retirement he was very involved as a leader of the Boy Scouts with his grandson Chris. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Whitesboro and had lived in Plano for the past 2 1/2 months. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Rogers of Plano; daughters, Pam Gonzales and husband Mike of Richardson, Martha Bercen and husband John of Plano and Sandy Smith and husband Glenn of Rockford, Ill.; brothers, Sid Rogers and wife Nelda of Denton, Sam Rogers and wife Joy of Sherman, Jay Rogers and wife Evelyn of San Antonio, Melvin Rogers and wife Ann of Killeen and Tommy Autry and wife Lugene of Winnsboro; sisters, Edna Kindred of Waxahachie and Frances Taylor and husband Joe of Irving. He is also survived by grandchildren, Chris McLemore, Joey Bercen and Jessie Bercen, Nathaniel Smith, Darcy Smith and Luke Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Billie Hansen. 
Pallbearers will be Verlin Sanders, Gene Sanders, Sid Rogers, Sam Rogers, Jay Rogers, Melvin Rogers, Steve Hansen, and Tommy Autry. 
The family will receive friends from 6 -8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Waldo Funeral Home. 

Published in The Herald Democrat  20 OCT 2009
SHERMAN - Services for James Albert Rogers, 76, of Plano and formerly of Whitesboro, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Waldo Funeral Chapel. Mr. Rogers died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. 
Rev. Mike Flanagan of the First Baptist Church in Whitesboro will officiate and the burial will be at West Hill Cemetery. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Rogers of Plano; daughters, Pam Gonzales of Richardson, Martha Bercen of Plano and Sandy Smith of Rockford, Ill.; brothers, Sid Rogers of Denton, Sam Rogers of Sherman, Jay Rogers of San Antonio, Melvin Rogers of Killeen, Tommy Autry of Winnsboro; sisters, Edna Kindred of Waxahachie and Frances Taylor of Irving. He is also survived by six grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends from 6 -8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The online guest register can be signed at waldofuneralhome.com. 
 
 


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