Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Rev. James Rogers

09/25/1934 - 03/09/2021

Rev. James “Jimmy” Richard Rogers, Sr, age 86, of Young Harris, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA.

He was born in Clay County, NC, to the late Rev. Oda and Minnie (née Kuykendall) Rogers. Jimmy was a member of the Stephens Masonic Lodge No. 414 F&AM of Young Harris, GA, and the Lions Club of Towns County, GA. He was ordained at Meadow Grove Baptist Church of Hayesville, NC, and began pastoring at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Warne, NC, in 1955. Rev. Jimmy pastored numerous Baptist churches, including Old Union, Cornerstone, Old Brasstown, and Many Forks in Young Harris, GA; Liberty and Mt. Zion in Blairsville, GA; Tomotla in Marble, NC; Shady Grove in Hayesville, NC; Pinelog in Brasstown, NC. He finished his ministry from the pastoral office at Friendship Baptist Church in Hiawassee, GA. Jimmy was also known as a “people’s pastor,” available anytime someone needed him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers Clarence Rogers and Bill Rogers; sisters Ruth Lance and Nora Lou Barnhill; and great-grandson Jameson McGill.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Adams Rogers of Andrews, NC; sons, Rev. James Richard “Ricky” Rogers, Jr. (Vikki) of Hayesville and David Rogers (Alicia) of Young Harris; daughters, Jeannie Miles (Dennis) of Hiawassee, Pam Dean (Dale Shope) of Hiawassee, Sherry Paramore (Wesley) of Young Harris and Kim McGill (Jamey Barrett) of Young Harris; brother, John E. Rogers (Linda) of Buford, GA; sister, Dayton Moss of Hayesville; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family remains proud of all the “family” Jimmy invited to the Rogers’ house to gather around the table over the years.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Meadow Grove Baptist Church in Hayesville, NC, with Rev. Doug Merck and Rev. Ricky Rogers officiating. The body will lie in state an hour before the service. A Burial Service will follow at Meadow Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 pm – 8 pm, Friday, March 12, 2021, at Meadow Grove Baptist Church in Hayesville, NC. The family requests that attendees adhere to social distancing practices and the use of face masks while present. Due to the pandemic, the family understands that those with symptoms or compromised immunity may forgo attendance. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated in this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made in honor of Truett Baptist Children’s Home of Hayesville, NC, by mailing gifts to The Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361; 336-474-1200 or any other worthy Christian cause of your choosing. Tributes may be sent to the family online at

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