Lois E. Dockery Rogers, age 95, of Murphy entered Heaven and met her Savior peacefully Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Hayesville House Memory Care Center of Hayesville, NC.
A native and lifelong resident of Murphy, (Bates Creek), Lois was one of eight children born to the late William Henry Dockery and Nealer Killian Dockery on February 2, 1923. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Rogers; granddaughter, Paula Edwards Killian; five brothers: Vance, Lee, Roy, Marshall and Floyd Dockery; two sisters, Ellen and Bonnie Dockery.
Married at a young age of 16, Lois and Ralph moved to the Peachtree community, where they lived for 63 years, until Ralph's death in 2002. She worked in the textile industry, starting with Duffy Silk Plant in Peachtree, and retiring from American Thread Co., in Marble.
Lois always loved her flower gardens but her passion was her large vegetable garden, where she always had a bountiful harvest. She truly had a "green thumb", and she was always willing to share her harvest with her neighbors. Since Lois entered Heaven on the first day of Spring, Ralph was probably waiting for her at the front gates with a hoe and bean seed ready to plant!
Lois loved to sing, and it wasn't unusual for her to just start singing a lot of the old hymns such as "Farther Along", "Just One Rose Will Do", or "What A Day That Will Be", no matter what she was doing. She loved her Lord and wanted to praise Him as much as possible. One song that her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren would always ask her to sing, was the folk song, "Barbara Allen", and she was happy to sing it for them. O, to hear her sing it just one more time-----Family was important to her!
Lois was a faithful Christian member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church and truly loved attending her Minnie Ferguson Sunday School Class each Sunday, until her health started declining. However, she was still able to keep up with her church's activities through the weekly church bulletin that was mailed to her. She loved getting these each week.
Lois is survived by her son, Carson Rogers (Thelma) of Snellville, Ga., daughter, Shirley Voyles (Lewis) of Murphy, daughter, Judy Edwards of Murphy; granddaughter, Sonia Rogers Osner (Elmer) of Loganville, Ga., granddaughter, Pat Coffey Saltamacchio (Philip) of Monroe, Ga., grandson, Lewis Voyles, Jr. (Katie) of Guyton, Ga., granddaughter, Destiny Voyles Cortis (Robbie) of Mount Pleasant, SC; great-grandchildren, Gage and Keaton Killian, Lillian, Emily, and James Voyles, Kinsley, Mason, and Garryn Cortis, Brittany and Zachery Osner, and Ryan Saltamacchio; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends, Elouise Crisp and Opal Rich.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church, 1650 Hwy 141, Murphy. Pastor Harold Stiles, Rev. Chris Furl and Dr. Chester Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are: Fred Carson, Danny Rich, Jimmy Robinson, Matt Rogers, Ronnie Dilbeck and Greg Moore. Honorary pallbearers are: Franklin Barnett, Ronnie Crisp, Jim Foust and Ben Pipes.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church.
Lois' family wants to express their sincere love and heartfelt gratitude to the Staff of The Hayesville House for their compassionate care and love given to her during her stay with them. Thank You!!
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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