December 5, 2020

Mr. Lonnie (L.L.) Rogers

Lonnie Lee Rogers, age 95, passed away on February 15, 2012, at his home in Ephesus, where he was born on May 3, 1916. He lived all his life in Heard County and graduated from Centralhatchee High School in 1933. He later took business courses while a patient at Battey State Tuberculosis Hospital in 1949-1950.

On November 11, 1939, he married Vivian Denney Rogers of Carroll County. Lonnie was a saw miller and a contractor of poultry houses. He was a cattle and poultry farmer and owner of Rogers and Son Lumber Company in Ephesus.

Lonnie’s love of his fellow man was evident throughout his life. He served his community as mayor (the first one) for 26 years. He was a member of the Lions Club for more than 60 years and served on the Board of the Northwest Georgia Hospital Services. He received numerous awards for leadership and community service.

Lonnie believed in education, and he served more than 24 years as a member of the Heard County School Board. He and Vivian also loved Sacred Harp singing and they travelled to many states to sing with their friends. He was the oldest member of Ephesus Baptist Church.

Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Tessie Word Rogers, of Heard County, and his wife, Vivian, who died on December 12, 2002. He was also preceded in death by eight brothers: Roy, Alvin, Guy, George, Artie, Paul, Hoyt, and Junior, and four sisters: Lenora Cammon, Colie Campbell, Parrie Reimer, and Reba Sims.

He is survived by his five children: Karen Rollins (Jerry) of Bowdon, Karleen Williams (Lawrence) of Bowdon, Paige Harrod (Emmett) of Ephesus, Sherry Lovvorn (Terry) of Graham, Alabama, and Denney Rogers (Karen) of Ephesus; his nine grandchildren: Beverly Thompson (Cliff) , Randa Harris (Jeremy), Barry Rollins (Andrea), Laura Robinson (Clint), Roger Harrod (Charlene), Dan Harrod (Cindy), Kayla McWhorter (Rance), Susan Rice , and Joseph Lovvorn (Jenifer).

Nineteen great-grandchildren also survive. Additional survivors include his sister, Opal Cannon of Leesburg, GA, his brother-in-law, Earl Denney of Gainesville, GA, and the following sisters-in-law: Doris Rogers of Bowdon, Merle Denney of Roopville, Josephine Denney of Carrollton, Eris Muse of Carrollton, Maggie Denney of Carrollton, and Evelyn Denney of Bremen. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ephesus Baptist Church on Sunday, February 19, at 2 P.M. There will be Sacred Harp singing from 1-2 P.M. while his body lies in state. Rev. Tony Morris and Elder Ricky Harcrow are in charge of the service.

Eulogies will be given by family members, and Rev. Fred Cooke will do the committal service. Grandchildren and their spouses will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at the Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home in Franklin on Friday from 4-7 P.M., and at the Ephesus Baptist Church on Saturday from 2-8 P.M.

Memorials may be made to the Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Wayne Prince at 975 Rogers Street, Roopville, GA. 30170, Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church at P. O. Box 332, Roopville, GA 30170, or to the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association in care of David Ivey at 108 Collington Place, Madison, AL 35758. Flowers will also be accepted.

The Tom Stutts & Son Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements, assisted by the Rainwater Funeral Home of Bowdon, Georgia.



  1. Terrie Avery Jett says

    My sympathies and prayers go out to all of Mr. Lonnie’s family. His daughter Sherry was my teacher in grade school. His other daughter Paige was also always very kind to me as she lived there by the school. I first met Denny due to a fire at our home when I was in high school. Although I didn’t know Mr. Lonnie on a personal level I’m sure he will be greatly missed by his family and the community. God bless all.

  2. Heartfelt condolences to Mr. Lonnie’s family, I know he will be missed. I did not get to know Mr. Lonnie until 1992 and was glad to be able to do so. I valued his honesty and his advise and held him in the highest regard and respect. Rest in Peace and be happy with your well earned reward.

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