Eddie Rogers hailed from right here in Akron where he matriculated from Garfield High School in 1959. In 1960 he joined the United States Army, served honorably, and achieved the rank of Sergeant E-5. He displayed impressive firearm skills and was recognized as a marksman with both the rifle and pistol, as a sharpshooter with the rifle and as an expert with the 90mmTk (an American heavy anti-aircraft and anti-tank gun).
Eddie loved to entertain and had a particular fondness for treating guests to a good ole down home southern meal. One of his proudest accomplishments was establishing “The Broke House” where he served family and friends. More than anything, he enjoyed taking road trips. His travels were made all the better if the trip was down south to see loved ones. Eddie took great delight in watching a beautiful sunrise, while also appreciating the mystery of fog on the trees while riding through the mountains. With his wife of 35 years Pamela (Edith) Rogers at the wheel, he had many opportunities to enjoy both as they ate up the road and journeyed through life.
Above all, Eddie loved his family. He would give any one of them the very shirt off his back and he will be remembered fondly for his famous catchphrase the moment he saw you, “I need some money!”.
Eddie was preceded in death by his loving parents, Ernest Lee Rogers and Sadie (Davison) Rogers; son, Edward Rogers; grandsons, Terrance Rogers and Marcus Primes, and sister, Marilyn Rivers.
He is survived by and will be sorely missed by his devoted wife, daughters Shirley Ann Gates (Joe Willie), Kellie Edith, Lorraine Walton, Selina Jackson, and Berendah Walton; sons, Darrick Rogers, Erick Rogers, Jeff Jackson, Dawan Rogers, Nathaniel Jones and Leroy Stewart; sister, Linda Rogers; brothers, Timmy Rogers (Gwen), Clinton Rogers (Roberta), and Lamar Rogers (Estelle);brother-in-law, Raymond Edith
a host of grand, great grand, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.