47014-2:N:02/21/2002:JRC/ap LRS2002-19235R1

By Senator Bedford
Rd 1 28-FEB-2002


WHEREAS, recorded with a sense of deep sorrow and loss is the lamentable death of Robert I. "Buddy" Rogers, Sr., of Russellville, Alabama, on January 22, 2002, at the age of 73 years; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Rogers, a lifelong resident of Franklin County, Alabama, was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Russellville; he also was active in Masonic Lodge 371 for 50 years and was a member of the Shriners, Zamora Temple AAONMS of Birmingham; and

WHEREAS, Buddy Rogers, a graduate of Stark Military Academy and the University of Alabama, was a lifelong Alabama football fan who delighted in taking his family and friends to Alabama football games where he enjoyed many "Crimson Tide" victories; and

WHEREAS, a leader in economic development, Mr. Rogers both founded and was Chairman of the Board of Valley State Bank, and was known in the community as a successful businessman and cattleman; and

WHEREAS, he was a longtime member of the Russellville Rotary Club, where he served as president and was named a Paul Harris Fellow, and where many a Rotary member enjoyed his humor and unfaltering support; and

WHEREAS, state Senator Roger Bedford has stated that, "Buddy Rogers was one of the finest gentlemen I've ever known, his word was his bond. Many times he helped those in need without any publicity or fanfare. Franklin County and all of Alabama is better for his life and love of people"; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Buddy Rogers donated the "Roxy Movie Theater" to the community thereby helping to ensure the restoration and enjoyment of this landmark building; and

WHEREAS, Buddy Rogers was a lifelong Yellow Dog Democrat who was active in politics at all levels; and

WHEREAS, Buddy is survived by his beloved wife, Anne Campbell Rogers, a truly saintly lady; a daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Ed Barnes; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert I. "Bob" Rogers, Jr. and Jama Rogers; and four grandchildren, Katherine and Ike Rogers, and Anna and Ward Barnes, to whom he instilled his love of family and his everlasting faith in God; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we grievously mourn the death of a great Alabamian, Robert I. Rogers, Sr., and direct that a copy of this resolution be provided for his family that they may know we truly share the sorrow of their tremendous loss.

Resolutions, Condolence
Rogers, Robert I.