Billy James Rodgers was born May 5, 1932, to Emmett Alfred and Mary Alice (Simms) Rodgers. He entered into his heavenly home Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Mineral Wells, at the age of 81 years.
He married Joyce Smethers on June 26, 1952, in Weatherford. They were married 61 years.
Bro. Billy, as he was known, pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Graham before moving to Jacksboro in 1966. There, he founded and pastored Bible Baptist Church for 34 years until he turned the church to his grandson, B.J. Serving the Lord was his passion but he worked as a rock mason until recently, when he laid his trowel down for the last time as he finished his last project at Christian Missions Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Connie Nunley; and a sister, Mary Sue Martin.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Joyce Rodgers; daughters, Vicki Tillery and husband, James, of Jacksboro; Pam Dodson and husband, Ed, of Perrin; sisters, Ann Roden and husband, Jimmie, of Weatherford, and Thelma Jean Wasson and husband, Glen, of Angelton; brother, Emmett Rodgers and wife, Jane of, Poolville; five grandchildren, B. J. Nunley and wife, Roberta, Angela Lowrance and husband, Ace, Jace Tillery and wife, Nina, Rebecca Berend and husband, Quentin, Emily McKinney and husband, Jake; and nine grandchildren, Caleb, Lathan, Ashlyn, Jaron, Brynlee, Braxton, Kylie Faith, Brystol, Brittany and Jayd.
Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Youth Group, 241 W Live Oak, Jacksboro, TX, 76458.
Coker Funeral Home