Deacon Clyde Leon Rogers, age 89 entered into his eternal rest at home on Saturday, September 6, 2020 after a long illness. He was born February 5, 1931 in Hulbert, Oklahoma to the late Henry and Alberta-Lay Rogers. He attended Paris Elementary School in Oklahoma. After the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri on November 14, 1944, he attended R. T Coles and graduated from Lincoln High School.
Clyde received Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the early age of nine and was baptized in a creek named 14 Mile Creek by his father, Deacon Henry Rogers and the Pastor, Rev. Parker in Oklahoma. He was active in church and Sunday School along with his parents and siblings.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Ruth Ann Reynolds on December 1, 1955 who preceded him in death after 50 long years of marriage. Together, they created a loving home and raised seven children. Clyde had a deep love and devotion to God and his family, often opening his home on holidays and other occasions. The most valuable legacy he has passed to his children and grandchildren is a spiritual legacy-the legacy of faith in Christ. He particularly enjoyed sharing his favorite meal with others which was Gates or Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque. Clyde often said that” life is one big memory” and to enjoy it while you can. After the death of his first wife, he married Claudette Scott on December 7, 2007. They enjoyed attending worship together, traveling and spending time with family and friends. God allowed them to travel to many places such as the Scripture Shower tours, Holy Land Experience and Cancun, Mexico to name a few. Claudette was a devoted wife and an excellent caregiver and provider throughout their marriage up until the time of Clyde’s transition.
Clyde united with St. Stephen Baptist Church in December, 1944. He was a faithful member of Boy Scout Troop no. 242, youth choir, Sunday School, Baptist Training Union and several committees. As an adult, he was a member of the Male Chorus and taught the Whosoever Will Adult Sunday School class for 17 years often sharing Sunday School highlights. He was ordained as a deacon under the pastorate of the late John W. Williams on June 30, 1974, where he served faithfully until his heath failed.
Clyde was a hard worker and provider. He held many jobs throughout his lifetime. In Oklahoma, he worked in the spinach fields to earn money. He loved dressing well and wearing fancy clothes. Clyde worked and earned money to buy the clothes he liked. At the age of thirteen, shortly after his arrival in Kansas City, Missouri, he got a job at the neighborhood service station, later worked at Myron Greens Cafeteria, Putsches, Pecks and Hoovers Cafeteria’s and Play More Bowling Alley. Having completing classes in Vocational Education while in High School, he received excellent recommendations for employment from his instructor, Mr. Martinez. His first adult job was at the United States Post office, later becoming Co-Owner of a confectionary and grocery store along with his brother, the late Harry Rogers. He joined the Clean-O-Matic cleaning company where he contracted others to do general cleaning, home delivery route driver for Manor Bakery, and route driver for Butternut Bread delivering bread to stores and businesses. The pronounced smell of freshly baked breads and pastries still brings back pleasant childhood memories. Clyde was hired at National Life and Accident Insurance Company which later became American General Life Insurance Company. He worked for American General for 18 years and was one of the leading agents of the company. Clyde earned many awards in the form of certificates, prizes, trophies and trips. He often spoke of some of his memorable trips to Madrid, Spain, Honolulu, Hawaii, Palm Springs, California, Seattle Washington and Nashville, Tennessee to name a few. God allowed him to travel to many exciting places. Each year he earned the Top Hat Club Award for meeting the sales requirement. Clyde worked with integrity and serviced many families throughout the Kansas City area. He shared words of wisdom and provided encouragement to young people he met along the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Deacon Henry and Alberta- Lay Rogers, ,former wife and mother of his children, Ruth Ann Rogers, brother James Rogers and Sister, Norma Jean Neal, He is survived by his wife, Claudette Rogers, his children, Barbara Freeman, Robert Mitchell, Brenda Powell (Cyruss) of Arlington, Texas, Emma Hancock (Glenn), Ruth Jones (Floyd), Alberta Boggs (Fred) of Wiggins, Mississippi; his step-children , Ron Scott,(Pam) John Scott(Freddie) and Anita Waters( Christopher), grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 12th at Watkins Heritage Chapel. Visitation 1:00 P.M. Interment Blue Ridge Lawn & Gardens Cemetery.
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