Harry Lee Rodgers Sr.
Harry Lee Rodgers Sr., age 88, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Kosciusko.
Mr. Rodgers was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Mansfield, Ark., to the late Sudie Mae Neely and T. J. Rodgers Sr. He was retired from both farming and the seed business. Mr. Rodgers was a member of First Baptist Church. Mr. Rodgers, a Tech Sergeant, and was the recipient of the Silver Service Star Ribbon for his service in the European African Middle Eastern Campaign. He also was the recipient of two Bronze Service Stars and one Silver Star as well as a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. His service was in the First U. S. Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, (Big Red 1) Headquarters Advancing Company where he saw duty in the Algerian-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central European Theatres. Rodgers was part of the first wave of soldiers to hit Omaha Beach at 7:15 a.m. on the 6th of June 1944. He had waded through waist-deep, stormy seas past sand dunes while carrying his radio backset over his head to keep it dry, so that he could radio back to support ships for co-ordinates to take out the enemy bunkers. Mr. Harry Lee Rodgers Sr. married Ivah E. Coburn Rodgers on July 15, 1945, in West Point, who predeceased him on April 14, 1997. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.
Funeral services are Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at 11 a.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Brother R. C. Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons:, Harry Rodgers (Martha) of Columbus and Jeffrey G. Rodgers of West Point. One sister and six brothers also predeceased Harry Lee Rodgers.
Pallbearers are Ted Judson, Richard Smith, John Elliott, Richard South, Charles Brand, Billy Vest, Pete Dexter, and Bud Tumlinson.
Honorary pallbearers are members of his Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Jimmy Bryan, Athen E. Duke and Billy Coleman.
Memorials may be made to West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, 1212 Old Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation is Saturday, 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com