John Ishmael Rogers – October 20, 2011


John Ishmael Rogers, 87, of Amarillo died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Memory Gardens Cemetery with Alan Burkhalter, pastor of Chaparral Hills Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
John Ishmael Rogers was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Paris, Ark., to Oscar and Lydia Rogers. He was the middle of 13 children — four brothers served in the military.
John I. met and married the love of his life, Patricia Louise, on Oct. 16, 1953, in Dumas. They started a family early — Jim was born in October 1955; Jody in July 1957; Oren in December 1958; Randy in December 1959; and Patrick in October 1963.
John I. always worked hard to support and make sure his family had the best of everything, but he also made sure they knew the value of hard work and honesty.
In the early 1950s, John I founded Rogers Truck Repair to support his family. Patricia was the bookkeeper and bill collector. His sons went to school, got their grades, played sports, then learned how to work on diesel trucks.
John I. enjoyed sponsoring all sports involving young people. When he was a teenager, he would walk to school, help his young teachers, light the school house stoves, get the school bus started, pick up the other kids, drive them to school, park the bus then he would go to class. He did this until he joined the U.S. Army in 1941.
He married Johnnie Keyes in Oklahoma. They had two children, Judy, who was born in August 1947, and John I. Jr., who was born in July 1949.
In 1989, Jody bought Rogers Truck Repair and continued to run the business by the same principles, “Treat a man fair and charge him fair.”
Even though John I. couldn’t work, he would get up early and go unlock the shop and make it ready for the workers.
John I. was raised in the Church of Christ, but later was baptized as a Baptist and joined his neighborhood church, Chaparral Hill Church. He and Patricia loved the fellowship they had there. He greatly missed attending church when he could no longer able to get out of the house.
John I. built his small shop on trust and integrity. Everyone who knew him, to anyone in the trucking business, “Rogers” was well-known.
John I. went home to his Lord, Jesus Christ on Oct., 20, 2011.
He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Rogers, on Oct. 8, 2009.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; five sons, John I. Rogers Jr. and wife Connie of Fort Worth, and Jim Rogers and wife Denise, Jody Rogers and wife Rhonda, Oren Rogers and Patrick Rogers, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Judy Jester and husband Jackie of Fort Worth; grandson, Jason Rogers and wife Rachael; granddaughter, Stephanie Rogers-Jones and husband Josh and soon-to-be great-grandson, Laeyton Preston Jones; granddaughter, Sommer Rogers-Sims and husband Shane; twin granddaughters, Shelbie and Chelsie Rogers;  granddaughter Courtney Rogers and great-grandson, Kyler Rogers; and great-granddaughter, Kadence Rogers, all from Amarillo.

0 Replies to “John Ishmael Rogers – October 20, 2011”

  1. Truly sorry for your loss, I’ve known the Rogers family for a long time, Eastridge Bowl,Grand Bowl, Palo Duro Bowl, PD, very close family, my prayers to your family……

  2. Jody and family, may God comfort you all during this difficult time. Time has gone by so fast but the memories will always be with us. I pray that you feel the hope, comfort and joy in the Lord in the midst of your sorrow. It has been so long since I have talked you Jody. God bless you and know my prayers are with you and your family. Say hello to your family for me.
    David Pinales
    Dallas,TX

  3. To the family of John I Rogers,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss.Our thoughts & prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. Please except our deepest condolences.
    Connie’s parent:
    JoAnn & George McElwrath

  4. PATRICK AND FAMILY, WE ARE SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF YOUR FATHER. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL DURING THIS TIME OF SORROW.WE WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

  5. JOHNI WAS A VERY GOOD MAN AND WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH HE BROUGHT A SMILE TO EVERYONES FACE WE LOVE YOU GUY’S AND SORRY ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR DAD JODY HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED!

  6. Patrick, Patricia and the rest of the family. I am so sorry for your loss. John I was a very special man and I will always remember him. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

  7. Mrs Rogers, Jody & Oren
    Jody you and I went to school together at PD class of ’76. Oren we have just always been friends.
    The first time I met your dad I was a new parts man was at Cummins and he walked in the swinging door of the parts department slapped his hand on the counter and said “Where’s Roger” (Roger Brown) who was his go to guy for any Cummins part.
    Before I could answer his question he stuck out his big thick hand and said “John I Rogers you must be new.” I got to know your Dad & met the rest of you guys while I was at Cummins. After a year or so he would even trust me to fill out his parts order. John I will always hold a special place in my memory. God Bless all of you.

  8. Pat & family, I am so sorry for you guys loss. Our prayers go out to each & everyone of you. Take care & I love you all.

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