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J.W. Rogers, age 73

J.W. Rogers passed away in hospice care surrounded by his family on May 8, 2024, in Cabot, Arkansas. He was born on April 6, 1951, in Tylertown, Mississippi, to Marjorie Lee Gay Hill Rogers and Isaac Wally Rogers.

J.W. is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gay Hutchins Rogers; his sons, Evan (Heather) Rogers of Cabot, AR; Alan (Rebekah) Rogers of Newport, AR: and Sam (Katie) Rogers of Asheville, NC; his sister Dorothy E. Peaches Gulino of Opelousas, LA and his five grandchildren: Grace, Cole, Brennan, Easton, and Hildie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Marjorie, and his sisters, Julia-Fay Meyers Rogers, Louise Bradley, and Mary Garretson, and his son, Jonah W. Rogers.

J.W. dedicated over 30 years of his life to serving his country. He joined the United States Air Force in 1973, embarking on a distinguished military career that included a stint in the National Guard until his retirement in 2008. Throughout his service, J.W. exemplified integrity, honor, and selflessness, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues and superiors alike. He authored the first quality control manual of the C-130 training program based in Arkansas. In addition to his military service, J.W. was an active member of his local church and a devoted Christian. His faith was a guiding light in his life, and he found joy in serving his church and community.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, AR. The funeral service will take place at 9:30 AM on Friday, May 17, 2024 at A Natural State, followed by the cemetery burial at 11:00 AM at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • johnnetta lee Posted May 14, 2024 7:02 AM

    Bro Rogers
    I thank you for the good times you have known our family there have been memories in lots of them. Now you can rest in heaven with the rest of them. Til then God text your soul
    The Lee clam sis lee morgan

    • Gay Rogers Posted May 14, 2024 8:59 AM

      ❤️JW loved your family so much.! Towards the end he asked about Bro Jerry Lee, wanting to come to the nursing home. I just said he wasn’t able to. ❤️

  • Mike and Sharon Ederington Posted May 16, 2024 8:10 AM

    Evan and family, So sorry for the loss of your Dad. May God bless and comfort you at this difficult time.

  • Arthur D Landry Posted May 16, 2024 3:43 PM

    Dear Sister Gay, your sons and extended Rogers family
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on JW’s passing. Even though we were not able to be there in person due to health reasons, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I let the prayer shawl team and our pastor know of JW’s passing and they also express their condolences to you and the family. Gay and JW spent a lifetime of love and companionship and raised 4 wonderful and caring sons of which they are extremely proud. Every time we spoke on the phone or our infrequent visits there were heartfelt comments about the boys. I feel confident that those sons are giving strength and comfort to my sister (their mom) during this difficult time and I’m very grateful for that.
    May the Lord give each of you comfort and strength during this difficult time.
    Arthur and Pat Landry (Gay’s older brother)

  • Holly J Hutchins Posted May 18, 2024 5:58 PM

    My dearest sister Gay Rogers, please accept my heartfelt condolences and prayers on your loss. I’m proud to have know JW, and always felt that he was a blessing to our family. My prayers are ever with you and my nephews and their families. My Our Father give you His strength, compassion and peace in days to come. Love always Holly Hutchins and Tristan Bush.

  • Holly Hutchins Posted May 18, 2024 9:06 PM

    My dearest sister, Gay Rogers, please accept my deepest, heartfelt condolences on the loss of JW. He was truly a blessing to our family. I pray Our Father give you strength, compassion, and peace for days to come. God be with you and my nephews and their families always. Love always Holly Hutchins and Tristan Bush.

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