Remembering Statcher Rogers, Jr. - A Legacy of Service

Statcher Rogers, Jr.

posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On January 26, 2012, the Pee Dee Region lost a true community advocate.  Mr. Statcher Rogers, Jr., who was affectionately known as "Statch" or "Statcher Rogers," was the youngest of five children born on June 19, 1943, to the late Statcher Sr. and Georgianna Blackwell Rogers. 

Statcher received his education in Marion's school system, graduating from Johnakin High School in 1961.  His passion to help others motivated him to continue his education at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. As a son of Marion County, Statcher desired to remain in the area. He served as an elementary teacher in Horry County public school system for three years and served three years in the United States Army. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Marion School District One as an Elementary school teacher, later becoming a special education teacher.  He continued his pursuit of knowledge by taking courses at the University of Virginia.  

On December 23, 1967, Statcher married his high school sweetheart, Vivian Wade.  Together they had three children and later became grandparents to six grandchildren. 

Statcher became the first black United States Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier in Marion, South Carolina, retiring after more than 25 years.  Statcher was also loyal and dedicated employee of the Davis Funeral Service, LLC for over 25 years. During that time, he also owned two ABC stores, managed real estate properties, and organized the Elk's Club.  A heart transplant in 2007 did not slow Statcher's involvement in the community in the slightest. 

Mr. Rogers was a member of the St. John African Methodist Church in Marion, South Carolina, where he served as a Sunday teacher, Trustee, Steward, and Class Leader.  He later joined the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the Trustee Board, Finance Committee Brotherhood, H.E.L.P.S. Ministries, ACR Family Resource Board, and male chorus. 

Statcher was also a member of several civic organizations: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Mt. Moriah Masonic Hall #18, where he served as Treasurer for approximately forty years, Bejilah Temple #163, State Deputy Director of Beauty and Talent, McDonald Consistory #226, and was a Shiner and Elk.  Statcher also served at least two full terms on the HopeHealth Board of Directors, from 2002 - 2010, where he proved to be an invaluable asset in getting the word out to the rural communities on HIV education and prevention. 

"He was a great guy.  Statcher was soft spoken and humble.  He was devoted to HopeHealth and frequently volunteered at many of our events.  He was passionate about his town of Marion and making sure that HIV prevention activities happened there," said HopeHealth's Chief Executive Officer Carl Humphries.  "He rarely missed a meeting despite his health concerns.  He never complained about his health or about anything and he was on the board for several years before many of us even knew he had a transplanted heart."  

Statcher was an advocate for educating the public about HIV / AIDS, and was instrumental in getting awareness within the churches and rural areas of Marion, Dillon, and other counties.  "He was concerned about his community being educated on the effects of HIV / AIDS," said Pam Brantley, Health Educator at HopeHealth.  "He encouraged HIV testing and wanted to assist in any way he could as far as locating places for testing," she said.   

His sister Betty Washington preceded him in death.  Those left to cherish fond and loving memories are his children: Russell (Cathy) Rogers of Indianapolis, IN, Pamela Phillips of Montgomery, AL, Stephanie (Robert) Samuel of Florence, SC, Cedric Davis and Mokea McNeil, both of Marion, SC and Statcher Rogers III of Kuwait City, Kuwait; six grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn R. Irick, Ruth Etta Jacobs and Ruth Mae Hughes of Marion, SC; one brother-in-law: Edward Washington, his special daily riding buddy: Carlye Davis and numerous other relatives and friends.  

Statcher Roger Jr. made an impact on his community that will not soon be forgotten.  Those who knew him were fortunate to know such an involved, caring, and selfless person.  Those who did not have the pleasure to meet him in person will no doubt be touched for years to come by the influence he has brought to the Pee Dee.


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Remembering Statcher Rogers, Jr. - A Legacy of Service

Statcher Rogers, Jr.

posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On January 26, 2012, the Pee Dee Region lost a true community advocate.  Mr. Statcher Rogers, Jr., who was affectionately known as "Statch" or "Statcher Rogers," was the youngest of five children born on June 19, 1943, to the late Statcher Sr. and Georgianna Blackwell Rogers. 

Statcher received his education in Marion's school system, graduating from Johnakin High School in 1961.  His passion to help others motivated him to continue his education at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. As a son of Marion County, Statcher desired to remain in the area. He served as an elementary teacher in Horry County public school system for three years and served three years in the United States Army. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Marion School District One as an Elementary school teacher, later becoming a special education teacher.  He continued his pursuit of knowledge by taking courses at the University of Virginia.  

On December 23, 1967, Statcher married his high school sweetheart, Vivian Wade.  Together they had three children and later became grandparents to six grandchildren. 

Statcher became the first black United States Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier in Marion, South Carolina, retiring after more than 25 years.  Statcher was also loyal and dedicated employee of the Davis Funeral Service, LLC for over 25 years. During that time, he also owned two ABC stores, managed real estate properties, and organized the Elk's Club.  A heart transplant in 2007 did not slow Statcher's involvement in the community in the slightest. 

Mr. Rogers was a member of the St. John African Methodist Church in Marion, South Carolina, where he served as a Sunday teacher, Trustee, Steward, and Class Leader.  He later joined the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the Trustee Board, Finance Committee Brotherhood, H.E.L.P.S. Ministries, ACR Family Resource Board, and male chorus. 

Statcher was also a member of several civic organizations: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Mt. Moriah Masonic Hall #18, where he served as Treasurer for approximately forty years, Bejilah Temple #163, State Deputy Director of Beauty and Talent, McDonald Consistory #226, and was a Shiner and Elk.  Statcher also served at least two full terms on the HopeHealth Board of Directors, from 2002 - 2010, where he proved to be an invaluable asset in getting the word out to the rural communities on HIV education and prevention. 

"He was a great guy.  Statcher was soft spoken and humble.  He was devoted to HopeHealth and frequently volunteered at many of our events.  He was passionate about his town of Marion and making sure that HIV prevention activities happened there," said HopeHealth's Chief Executive Officer Carl Humphries.  "He rarely missed a meeting despite his health concerns.  He never complained about his health or about anything and he was on the board for several years before many of us even knew he had a transplanted heart."  

Statcher was an advocate for educating the public about HIV / AIDS, and was instrumental in getting awareness within the churches and rural areas of Marion, Dillon, and other counties.  "He was concerned about his community being educated on the effects of HIV / AIDS," said Pam Brantley, Health Educator at HopeHealth.  "He encouraged HIV testing and wanted to assist in any way he could as far as locating places for testing," she said.   

His sister Betty Washington preceded him in death.  Those left to cherish fond and loving memories are his children: Russell (Cathy) Rogers of Indianapolis, IN, Pamela Phillips of Montgomery, AL, Stephanie (Robert) Samuel of Florence, SC, Cedric Davis and Mokea McNeil, both of Marion, SC and Statcher Rogers III of Kuwait City, Kuwait; six grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn R. Irick, Ruth Etta Jacobs and Ruth Mae Hughes of Marion, SC; one brother-in-law: Edward Washington, his special daily riding buddy: Carlye Davis and numerous other relatives and friends.  

Statcher Roger Jr. made an impact on his community that will not soon be forgotten.  Those who knew him were fortunate to know such an involved, caring, and selfless person.  Those who did not have the pleasure to meet him in person will no doubt be touched for years to come by the influence he has brought to the Pee Dee.



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