Fallen Hero: MSG John David Rogers (Ret)


Funeral Home


812 Pecan Avenue Philadelphia, MS 39350


JAN 21. 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, JOHN E. STEPHENS CHAPEL, 812 Pecan Avenue, Philadelphia, MS




Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 14, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  MSG John David Rogers (Ret), age 70, who had served in the MSARNG within the 298th Maintenance Bn and the 298th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. John had worked full-time as shop supervisor of the Philadelphia Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS).

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Graveside services for Mr. John David Rogers will be held at 2 PM Sunday, January 21, 2024, at New Blackjack Cemetery with Bro. Danny Stewart officiating. Visitation will be 12:30 to 1: 30 PM Sunday, January 21, 2024, at John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services.

Mr. Rogers, 70, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Meridian, MS. He lived most of his life in Philadelphia, MS, and he was Veteran of the US Marine Core, and a Master Sergeant of the US Army National Guard. He was a member of Mars Hill Church, the DAV and VFW. His hobbies were helping others, riding motorcycles, and helping Ms. Elaine with her flowers. He was a Veteran fire chief at Hope Fire Department, and a Veteran member with Fairview Fire Department.

Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny L. Rogers, and Druesillar Rogers Neese; late wife, Linda Massey Rogers; daughter, Vonda Hollis; sister, Linda Rogers Bryan; brother, Robert S. Neese Jr.; grandparents, Dave and Lena Collins Sims, John W. and Annie Elizabeth Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Rogers; son, Johnny Rogers (Amanda); daughters, Pam Rogers Sharp (Robert), Cyndi Wilcher (Jimmy); grandchildren, Aaliyah Sharp, Kaylee Rogers, and numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Virgina Rogers Drake (Troy), Jodie Neese Cottles (Brian), and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Arnold Knowles, Phillip Williamson, Randell Walton, James Baysinger, Merle Bryan, Jeremy Wade.

Honorary pallbearers: Johnny Rogers, Troy Drake, Robert Sharp Jr.