Harry Bynum Rogers Jr.

Published 1:47 pm Monday, April 11, 2016

Harry Bynum Rogers Jr. died on April 9, 2016 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

He was born March 11, 1923 in Winston-Salem, to Harry and Wessie Rogers. He graduated from Gray High School. He worked for Western Electric through the company’s transitions to AT&T and then Lucent Technologies, where he retired after 35 years. He was a long-time member of Central Terrace United Methodist Church, where he married Mary Beck. They enjoyed a marriage of 66 years. They traveled with family and friends, once to Hawaii for a memorable anniversary trip. He was a fan at his grandchilden’s sports activities. He recently celebrated his 93rd birthday with friends and family, enjoying cake, music and dancing at his home at Creekside Terrace Independent Living community, where he was a resident ambassador for more than two years.  A World War II veteran in the 2nd Calvary division of Patton’s 3rd Army, he was proud to serve his country. He received 5 battle stars, and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in the line of duty. He saw action in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a hero, and a part of history that guaranteed America’s freedom as well as the freedom of allied countries. He was on the Triad Flight of Honor Trip Oct. 28, 2009. Visiting the WWII Memorial was a rewarding and memorable experience which he spoke about often.

Survivors: his children, Trish Adams (Larry), Rick Rogers, Mike Rogers (Betty), Alyce Rogers and Bryan Rogers (Louanne); his grandchildren, Christopher Watts (Shannon), Heather Watts Baccus (Jeff), Josh Wray (Lindsay), Michael Wray (Megan), and Christopher Rogers; great -grandchildren, Cooper and Mason Baccus, Brandon and Mason Sargent, Logan, Paige and Madyson Wray; and Millie Daniels, a close companion and dance partner for the last few years of his life.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at Ardmore Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Gordon officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. when the service will begin. The burial with full military honors will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials: Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home; or to Ardmore Baptist Church.

Condolences: www.salemfh.com.