Dolores Boyd Rogers
A Beautiful Special Lady
Waynesville-During the late afternoon hours of Friday, January 12, 2018 the quiet rain fell across the mountains and it almost seems fitting to say that these were soft, gentle, joyful tears of the angels welcoming Nell Dolores Boyd Rogers, who has blessed us with 95 full and wonderful years of life, into her glorious eternal place of peace.
Dolores was the 5th child, born into the family of the late John Baxter Boyd and the late Annie Ball Boyd. She was a beautiful red haired child and was blessed with a heart of kindness. She continued to remain just as lovely and just as caring all throughout her lifetime – even into the last days of her life. As her family spent precious time with her, she greeted them each day with her sweet smile and they reminisced of wonderful memories of the past and blessings that Dolores brought into their lives.
Dolores was born Thursday, February 9, 1922 in Haywood County and grew up in Canton surrounded by her loving family- three sisters, a brother and a bounty of fun cousins. The Boyd household was never quiet but was always bustling with children laughing and playing, daily chores being carried out, the wonderful smell of home cooking, fun quilting bees, and even the sounds of music and dancing with her father “making music” on his fiddle. Dolores was indeed proud of all of her family, her mountain heritage and her family history. Her childhood memories and delightful stories of traveling to Big Sandy Mush in Leicester to visit her aunts, uncles and cousins on the weekend could indeed fill a book.
At the age of 12, Dolores and her family moved to the Stamey Cove Community where she made friendships that have remained true and everlasting throughout her lifetime. Dolores was a graduate of Bethel High School. She would often tell the story of making her home in Stamey Cove and meeting the love of her life, Herman Jennings Rogers, Jr., a young man who asked to walk her home from church and who later became her loving husband of 60 years.
Dolores and Jennings were blessed with a beautiful family and she devoted her entire life to raising her children. She always made certain that their home was full of love and joy and in the words of her children, “Mom always placed everyone’s needs before her own.” Dolores was a friend to everyone from young children to senior citizens- they all loved Dolores! With the development of the Mountain View Golf Course which was located on the Rogers family land, Dolores served as the operations manager of the golf course club house, where she welcomed golfers, visitors and their families with open arms and many say that the homemade sandwiches that she made daily were the secret of Mountain View’s great popularity and success with golfers in the community.
Dolores was a woman of strong faith and she was honored as being the oldest living member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church. She was always present at the church Saturday night suppers where she became known as the “Dessert Lady”. It seemed her desserts, especially her coconut pies were favorites of everyone and often her delicious desserts went missing before dinner was served.
Nell Dolores Rogers always believed that her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother. Her children, grandchildren, great –grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild were her pride and joy and the love of her life. When we speak her name today and always, let her life be an example to all of us. She treated everyone with love and kindness and she made this world a better place by far. In tribute to Dolores, make someone smile, make someone laugh and tell someone that you love them. This would surely make Dolores proud!
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Jennings Rogers, Jr. who passed in 1999; her granddaughters, Kelly Cunningham and Abagail Rogers; her sisters, Dorothy Crawford, Geneva McKinney and Shirley Murray; a brother, Elbert Boyd and also a special cousin that was loved just like a sister, Virginia Ball.
Dolores’s memory will continue to live in the hearts of her surviving family: her sons, Stanley Rogers of Waynesville and Keith Rogers and his wife, Yvonne Rogers of Waynesville; her daughters, Diane Cochran of Waynesville and Carole Sue “Susie” Byers and her husband, David Byers of Waynesville; grandchildren, John Rogers and his wife, Anne, Christian Rogers and his wife, Jenn, Justin Rogers and his wife, Heather, Paul Rogers and his wife, Jenny, Mark Rogers and his wife, Angie, Krista Cogburn and her husband, Scott, Tim Clark and his wife, Janice, Brian Byers and his wife, Jennifer, Heather Watkins and her husband, Michael and Jason Byers and his wife, Carolyn; 32 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
The Rogers family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation for the special care given to Dolores and also to the entire Rogers family. Each staff member was loved by Dolores and her family and held a special place in their hearts.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, January 19, 2018 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Martha Welch and Pastor Ricky Gibson will be officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Grandsons and granddaughters will be serving as pallbearers. The family will be welcoming and receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piney Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Rikki Rogers, 140 Stillwater Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Rogers family.