Doyle W. Rogers

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Roller-Crouch Funeral Home
510 E. College Ave.
Batesville, AR  72501
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Service Schedule
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
4823 Woodlawn Dr.
Little Rock, AR  72205
Cemetery
Roselawn Memorial Park
2801 Asher Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204
Memorial Contributions
White River Medical Center
1710 Harrison Street
Batesville, AR  72501


Donald W. Reynolds Institute of Aging
629 Jack Stephens Dr.
Little Rock, AR  72205


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital Espansion
4301 W. Markham #716
Little Rock, AR  72205
Doyle W. RogersI am a Veteran.

of Batesville, AR

February 8, 1918 - February 4, 2013

Doyle W. Rogers Sr., 94, of Batesville and Little Rock died peacefully at his Batesville home on Monday, February 4, 2013, with his beloved wife of 72 years, Josephine Raye Jackson Rogers, by his side.

Along with his sweetheart Josephine Raye, he is survived by his daughter, Barbara Josephine Rogers Hoover, and son, Doyle W. "Rog" Rogers Jr., and his wife Carolyn Wilmans Rogers, all of Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Floyd and Lola Taylor Rogers, his brothers Dorce and Ralph Rogers, his sister in law, Sarah Faye Jackson Lewis, and his son-in-law, Paul Williams Hoover Jr.

Doyle is survived by six grandchildren, Wendy Linnea Rogers Rasch and husband Major Blane Rasch, Jackson Doyle Rogers and wife Jyl Vickers Rogers, Josephine Lasley Hoover Felton and husband Dr. Daniel Felton IV, Jennifer Josephine Rogers Beck and husband Daniel Beck, Anastasia Elizabeth Rogers Williams and husband Cory Williams, and Joseph Joel Rogers and wife Kayla Dianne Rogers. Doyle also is survived by six great-grandchildren, Audrey Raye and Zeke Rasch, Josephine and Mary Eleanor Felton, Emerson Rogers, and Harrison Beck.

Born on October 20, 1918, in Diaz, Doyle and his family moved to Newport where his father was a telegrapher for the Missouri Pacific Railroad for many years. Doyle graduated from Newport High School where he fostered his love for the game of tennis. He was attending Arkansas State University when he met his sweetheart, Josephine Raye, in Newport. They soon had their first date, a mixed-doubles tennis match, and married fourteen months later. Doyle later joined the United States Air Force, was stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was deployed to Burma where he was in charge of the military post office.

After the conclusion of World War II, Doyle returned to Newport where he worked for Railway Express. Later, he was transferred to Batesville where he served as the Railway Express manager. When offered the opportunity to become division supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri, Doyle followed his heart and chose to remain in the town of Batesville. Here, he established his real estate company, the Doyle Rogers Company.

It was Doyle's work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit that helped propel him into business success throughout his life. He pioneered a public-private partnership in 1982 when he developed the Statehouse Convention Center and the Excelsior Hotel, now the Peabody Little Rock. He purchased Metropolitan National Bank in 1983 and nurtured its growth and success. He remained Chairman of the Board of Metropolitan National Bank until his death. In 1985, he developed the Rogers Building, now the Stephens building, which was at the time the tallest building in Arkansas. Doyle was also Director Emeritus of Citizens Bank of Batesville after serving on its Board of Directors for many years. He was a past President of the Batesville Board of Realtors and received the President's Award from the Arkansas Realtors Association. In 2006, Doyle was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sam W. Walton College of Business Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Doyle lived his life serving others, as he was inspired through a deep faith and love of God. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Batesville for over 60 years, where he was Chairman of the Administrative Board. He was a past President of the Batesville Rotary Club and recipient of Paul Harris Fellow from the Batesville and Little Rock Rotary Clubs. He also received the Business Professional Person of the Year and Service Above Self Award from Rotary. Doyle was a proud member of the Scottish Rite, Mt. Zion Lodge #10, receiving the Thirty-Third Degree and the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour. Doyle served as President of the Quapaw Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America, during which he founded the annual, 100-mile National Invitational White River Canoe Race. He also received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts. Doyle was a past President and founding member of the Arkansas Tennis Association and was inducted into the Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the White River Medical Center in Batesville. In 2009, Doyle and Raye received the Pat and Willard Walker Tribute Award from the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. And, Batesville honored Doyle by designating March 6, 2012, as Doyle Rogers Day.

Above all, Doyle loved his family and friends. Doyle and Raye had many lifelong friends with whom they travelled the world. Doyle met members of the "Roundtable" at Kelly's Restaurant in Batesville on most mornings for breakfast. Doyle was a member of the "Old Goat's Club" in Little Rock. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He concluded every phone call by telling you how much he loved you and how wonderful you were. He wrote to his grandchildren everyday they were in summer camp. Doyle's caring spirit, his attentive ear, his secret handshakes, special tea parties, and talks about the moon on the front porch will be missed by many loved ones.

Memorials may be given to White River Medical Center, 1710 Harrison Street, Batesville, Arkansas 72501, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for the Hospital Expansion, 4301 West Markham, #716, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jeanne Wei, Dr. Andrew Kumpuris, and Dr. Robert Walton for their loving care and Joyce Simms and Marsha Laboy for her service to the family.

Open visitation will start at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday with the family receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville.

There will be a funeral service held on Thursday, February 7 at 11:00 am at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church at 4823 Woodlawn Drive in Little Rock with Rev. Vic Nixon, Rev. Bob Burton, Rev. Britt Skarda and Dr. Jeff Hampton officiating.

A burial service will follow immediately at Roselawn Memorial Park at 2801 Asher Avenue, in Little Rock under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Beck, Dr. Daniel Felton IV, Major Blane Rasch, Jackson Doyle Rogers, Joel Rogers and Cory Williams.

Honorary pallbearers are H. D. Bailey, Dr. Ted Bailey, Dr. R. E. Bell, Gary Bebow, Lunsford Bridges, Sam Cooke, Dr. Robert "Lit" Craig, Gary Ennis, Sam Fiser, Barnett Grace, Preston Grace, Eddie House, Howard House, Tommy Lasiter, Bill Pratt, G .G. Rutherford, Dr. Walter Roettger, Dr. Bob Slaughter, Jack Stevenson, James A. Wallace, Dr. Bob Walton, Dr. Don Weatherman, Howard Wiechern and Dr. C. D. Williams.





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34 Condolence(s)
Jan Burrow Qualls
Batesville, AR
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Friday, March 1, 2013

In our thoughts and prayers The Olen Burrow Family

CH (Henny) & Bitsy Beel
Sorrento, FL
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

So sorry to hear news.
Mr. Rogers was a blessing in our lives as he stood ready to help a young couple starting out to be able to have a home.
He was an inspiration to what hard work and creative thinking can do. He will be missed.
God Bless
Henny Beel

RONNY W BROWN
SHERWOOD, AR
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Barbara, Rog, and Raye
My earliest memories of Doyle go back to 1956 when he stopped in his International Pickup at the Manganese Mine of my father located just West of Cave City, Ar to buy Manganese Ore just before lunch.
My visiting Cousin and I rode back to Batesville with Doyle in order to go swimming in the City Pool.
I have always admired Doyle for his visions and making them happen over these many years.
Our prayers are that God Bless all of the many family members and help to adjust to your loss.
Love always.

Sasha Morrow
Melbourne, AR
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

One of the most remarkable men I have ever had the opportunity to meet and brainstorm with. I just learned of his passing and I am incredibly saddened. We have lost one of the greatest talents to come to our area. He was an amazing thinker and will be deeply missed.

Frank Snapp
North Little Rock, AR
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mr. Rogers was admired by everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

JOHNNY KENT
BATESVILLE, AR
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

I have so many great memories of Doyle and his presence in my life. For so many reasons he will be missed. God bess all who mourn his loss.

Larry and Brenda Sandage
Batesville, AR
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Raye,

Larry and I want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. This community has lost a dear friend. We have always admired the special relationship you and Doyle have had. You were a true team. We pray for strength for you. Larry and Brenda

Johnny B. Mitchum
Maumelle, AR
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Raye, Barbara, and Rog and family:

Heaven has gained a master builder and entrepreneur. I'm sure God needed Doyle's help as He prepares "many mansions" for the rest of us. He was a great friend and mentor. We shall all miss him. My prayer is that God will give you peace and strength during the days that follow.

Johnny Mitchum

Allen Roberts
Ft Worth, TX
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chief,

God's speed. Hope you have a clear court and new tennis balls every day.

With Greatest Respect,
AR

Janet Hamm Williams
Little Rock, AR
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

So grateful for his legacy! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

David & Deborah Wyatt
Batesville, AR
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We are thinking about you and family in this difficult time. Batesville has lost a wonderful man.

Tommy & Regina Bryant
Batesville, AR
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow. Having lost my Dad a year or so ago it is hard to give them up. Doyle will be missed by this community. May God bless and keep you in this time of loss.
Tommy & Regina Bryant

Debbie Webb
Sheridan, AR
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mr. Rogers will be greatly missed from our
Metropolitan family.
There is a saying it's not your birth date or our death date on the tombstone that matters it is the DASH between those dates that sets how you lived your life.He lived a very large life and will be remembered for all the lives he touched while with us. When I think of all the great things I have heard and seen along the way this quote sums up who Mr. Rogers was. " Faith is the pause between God's plan and seeing all he has done come to pass.( Life is not about all the steps you have taken, or all the places you have been, but the footprints you left behind). He left a Great Legacy...
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jimmy and Sherry Wilmans
Newport, AR
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Our thoughts are with you.

Kay Stice
Batesville,
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mr. Rogers will be greatly missed by all who knew him. You are all in our family's thoughts and prayers.

Renee Long
Batesville, AR
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dear Raye,and Family,

Praying for you during this time of loss.

Renee Long

Joe & Winnell Calhoun
Cave City, AR
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

He will be greatly missed by all his friends

Roberta Bustin
Sighisoara,
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

May God's presence, blessings, and comfort be with you during this time.

Buford & Jane Hatfield
Batesville, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Doyle will be greatly missed in our town. Our symphony is with you.

Kathy Coleman
Memphis, TN
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Raye! I'm so sorry to learn of Doyle's passing. I love both of you dearly and my heart is heavy for you and your family. Thank you for Doyle & Raye for sharing your love of tennis with me - but most of all being such positive role models for me and everone around you. Heaven just received a shining star!

Frankie (Hudson) Crow
Cave City, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Raye, Leon and our family all send our deepest sympathy in your loss of Doyle. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed by not only his family, but this community as well!. God Bless each of you and I pray you will receive the strength that only God can give during this time. . Sending our Love and Prayers to you and your family----Frankie.and family!

Angela Dugger
Batesville, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was an honor to know Mr. Rogers.

Dustin & Amber Free
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Bobby & JoAnne Wilkes
Cave City, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

We have you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Mark and Connie Holland
Mabelvale, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

You and your family have our deepest sympathy in the passing of Mr. Rogers. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Laura Barker
Fayetteville, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Wedington Branch of MNB is very sorry for your loss.

Sonya Davis
Maumelle, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Lois Rasmussen Jernigan
Batesville, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mr. Rogers will be missed by all who knew him. I never saw him when he did not have a kind and encourageing word. He had that ability to make everyone feel special.

Mark and Sonya Murphy
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

We express our love and admiration for Mr. Rogers and we extend our deepest sympathy, love and prayers to Mrs. Rogers, Barbara, Rog, Carolyn and the entire familyincluding the Metropolitan Family. Sonya and Mark Murphy

Marilyn Mann
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

my condolences goes out to the family of Mr. Rogers. May the God of all comfort bring comfort to the family.

Charley Penix
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Doyle was a great mentor to me in my career. So many words of wisdom from him and a genuine friend. I will miss him.

Charles & Janie (Weaver) Prichard
Benton, AR
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Raye, Barbara and Rog, Chuck and I send our deepest sympathy in your loss of Doyle. He was a wonderful man and always spoke when we saw him. God Bless each of you and I pray you will receive the strength that only God can give in the difficult days ahead. Sending our Love and Prayers to you.

Rita Benafield Henard
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Raye, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Rodgers, both of you were on my mind last week and I thought I needed to take a minute to give you a call.

I always enjoyed the visits with Mr. Rodgers and you at the Excelsior and the at the ACS meetings thoughout the years. Mr. Rodgers made a mark in the church, business, Batesville and Arkansas communities through the years, he will sorely be missed.

Please know that I am available to help you in any way and am just a phone call away.

In deepest sympathy, Rita

Ed & Diane McClure
Batesville, AR
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Monday, February 4, 2013

We sent our sincere sympathy to all the family. We know how much Mr. Rogers loved his family and will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you during this time and the days ahead.