Earl Rodgers

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Earl Rodgers

April 11, 1931 -

Earl Rodgers Earl Lee Rodgers was born April 11, 1931, to the union of McKinley "Mack" Rodgers and Racheal "Bee" Rowell-Rodgers in Sikeston, Mo.
Although not an active member of church, he was a true believer in Jesus Christ. After high school, Earl enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served a year of duty in the medical corps. During that year, he became a notable lightweight boxer.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Earl returned to Chicago and studied at the Chicago School of Medicine to become a doctor. He then decided to study mortuary science with the aspiration of becoming a mortician. Earl also worked as a furniture sales representative. He also was a sales representative for the Winston-Salem cigarette company.
After leaving Chicago, Earl returned to Danville, where he provided support throughout the community. He assisted with establishing Social Security claims as well as disability compensation claims.
His hobbies were painting houses, the study of law and baseball. He loved the Chicago Cubs, and his favorite color was blue.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Rodgers; brothers, Paul Rodgers, Roy Rodgers, LC Homes, Dan Rodgers, Charles Rodgers, Mac Arthur Rodgers; daughter, Challette L. "Let" Jones; sisters, Earleen Rose, Evelyn Harrison, Francis Anderson, Christen Patterson; and a special nephew, James Rodgers.
He leaves to cherish his memory; his children, Cedric Jones and Sherri Johnson; brother, Ernest "Stebaby" Rodgers of Texas; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Rodgers of Milwaukee, Wis., and Odessa Rodgers of Chicago; cherished nieces and nephews, Constance Rodgers, Terry "Grip" Rodgers, Gail Rodgers, Steven "Jeffery" Rodgers, Betty Wheeler and Lee Rodgers; stepsons, William and Terrance Rudy; special cousins, Bobby and Loretta Clark, Jerome Gates, Lisa and Gonzales Smith, Glen Rowell, Tonya and A.D. Patton, Loraine Coffey, William and Opal Salter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at noon Saturday, March 16, at St .Synagogue C.O.G.I.C., 2605 E. Main St., Danville. A visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Officiating: Pastor Frank McCullough. Interment will be at Danville National Cemetery. A public viewing will be 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St.
Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on March 13, 2019
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Paulette White
Mar 14, 2019
To the family of Earl Rodgers,you have my deepest heartfelt sympathy,continue to look to the hills from whence cometh your help knowing all of your help comes from the Lord. Remember earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.Youre in my prayers.
Ethel Jones
Mar 14, 2019
I pray for family and friends. Earl has touched our hearts with joy and laughter and his life stories. there will always be a special place in my heart for him.

forever my friend
Ethel Jones
Sherri D. Johnson
Mar 14, 2019
I will miss you Earl because of the love you shared you inspired me to do my best in life, I know both you and your daughter Charlette "Let" are in heaven.

Sherri Johnson ***snurp***