Vivian Pearl Whitaker Rogers, 92, a lifelong resident of Wrens, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2023, at the Comfort Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wadley. Services to celebrate her life will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, November 29, 2023 with the Rev. John A. Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Rogers family plot at Reedy Creek. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.
Born on June 21, 1931, Vivian led a life filled with love, grace, and kindness with her faith sustaining her through life’s trials.
Vivian began her career as a seamstress at Homestead Manufacturing in Augusta, where she dedicated many years of her life to her work. Unfortunately, due to physical disabilities caused by an automobile accident, she was forced to retire. However, this setback did not dampen her spirits or hinder her determination to lead a fulfilling life. Having married the love of her life at the early age of 15, she fully embraced her role as a dedicated stay-at-home mom and devoted herself wholeheartedly to taking care of her family. Her love knew no bounds as she poured her heart into nurturing and supporting them through their ups and downs. She found immense joy in creating a warm and loving home for her loved ones.
Vivian's personality was characterized by quiet strength and a positive attitude. She was meek yet carried an indomitable spirit within her. Whenever she felt down, she would lift herself up by singing the inspiring lyrics of "Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life." Vivian found contentment in simplicity and cherished the meaningful connections in her life more than worldly possessions.
From a young age, Vivian wholeheartedly accepted God's free gift of salvation. She faithfully served Him at Wrens Baptist Church until her health declined. Her unwavering faith was a guiding light that brought comfort and solace to those around her.
Outside of her family and faith, Vivian had various hobbies and interests. Springtime held a special place in her heart as she enjoyed witnessing the renewal of life and the blooming of nature. She had an eye for collecting various knick-knacks that brought joy into her home. Vivian found relaxation in watching soap operas and challenging her mind with word search puzzles. An avid photographer, she always carried a camera with her, capturing precious moments shared with family and friends. Her loving nature was further exemplified by her thoughtfulness in sending greeting and holiday cards to her loved ones. On her 75th birthday, she was humbled and amazed to receive over 80 happy birthday cards.
One of Vivian's proudest accomplishments was serving as a volunteer poll-worker. She cherished the opportunity to participate in the democratic process and held this experience close to her heart.
Vivian touched the lives of many through her gentle spirit and unwavering love. Her legacy will live on forever in the hearts of those whose lives she deeply impacted. We will remember her for being a shining light of faith, kindness, and resilience.
Vivian will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Those left to cherish her memories include her three children, Linda Parrish (Charles), Judie Mays, and Gary Rogers (Lynn); nine grandchildren, Brad Rogers (Mandy), Tracey Rogers (Lorie), Kerri Jo Smith (Curtis), Allison Lumpkin (Jeff), Jonathan Parrish (Megan), Kevin Fain (Shanon), Derrick Fain (Lacy), Codey Rogers (Katie), and Nathan Rogers (Shelby); twenty-six (26) great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other extended family. Honored to serve as pallbearers include Kevin Fain, Jonathan Parrish, Codey Rogers, Nathan Rogers, Tracey Rogers and Curtis Smith. Honorary pallbearers include Derrick Fain, Jeff Lumpkin and Brad Rogers.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, John Leslie Rogers; son, John Preston Rogers; grandchildren, Kimberly Ray and Charlie Parrish; parents, Ruby Pearl Wren Whitaker and Sim William Whitaker; as well as her siblings Grady Whitaker Sr. and Lois Knox.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Debra Boyden and the staff of comfort Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for loving, compassionate and professional care.