SIKESTON -- The Rev. Dolan Franklin Rogers, 83, died at 2:23 a.m. Oct. 1, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Sept. 25, 1925, in Sardis, Tenn., to the late Stephen Franklin and Mary Jane "Janie" Robins Rogers, he was a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in Company K, 273rd Infantry in Rhineland Central Europe serving in the European Theatre and the Battle of the Bulge. He graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Peabody College in Nashville. He was a member of Phil Delta Kappa Education Fraternity in Sikeston.
In 1954, he moved to Sikeston from Holland, Mo., where he taught school in the 1950s and '60s. He taught for nine years as a Spanish and business teacher at Sikeston High School, where he also served for six years as coordinator for the Distributive Education Program. He served 10 years as principal of Scott County Central High School, five years as principal of Southland High School in Cardwell and three years as principal of Bunker High School in Bunker.
A member of the Retired Teachers Association, he was a Southern Baptist minister, serving as pastor of many churches in Southeast Missouri. He was currently serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bertrand.
On July 14, 1952, at Lavinia, Tenn., he married Mary E. Brewer who survives of the home.
Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death on May 22, 2008, by one son, Stephen A. Rogers. Six brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. today at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel where services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Keith Huffman, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Doe Run, will officiate.
Burial with full military honors conducted by the Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.