James Earl Rodgers was born on December 13, 1947 in Inkster, Michigan. James was the third
of fourteen children born to the late Wiley Rodgers Sr. and Virlee (Stall) Rodgers. James was
raised in a God-fearing home and instructed in the ways of holiness.
The family moved to Denver CO in the early 1950’s where James gained his education through
the Denver Public School system, and graduated in 1965 from Manual High School. After
graduation he attended an apprenticeship program and became a professional painter.
James was a member of the Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ (COGIC) under the
leadership of the late Pastor Paul Nave. It was there he met Peggie J. Anderson, and married in
1969. Through this union they shared the blessing of one daughter Veronica Michelle Rodgers.
Later that year the family relocated to Dallas, TX. James joined Galilee COGIC under the
leadership of the late Superintendent R. Hunter. He loved reading the bible and studying the
scriptures, and was very active in Sunday School and YPWW Classes where he loved to ask
In 2002, James returned back to Denver, CO; shortly after, he joined Faith Missions COGIC
under the leadership of the late Pastor Forest Moore where he served as the Sunday School
teacher. In 2012, upon the retirement of Pastor Moore, James became a member and served as a
Deacon at Dayspring COGIC, under his brother the late Pastor Marcus Rodgers. After the
passing of Pastor Marcus Rodgers, brother Wiley Rodgers became pastor and James continued
in faithful service under his leadership until his passing.
James was known for his caring and giving ways, and love for his family and cars. He owned a
1957 Chevy which he kept sharp and clean. He loved giving family and friends monetary
blessings, just because. He loved going to church and taking part in the many programs, and
studying the scriptures. He loved to sing, praise, and worship the Lord in dance, and stayed
faithful to God until the end. He also loved telling jokes and had an infectious laugh, his nieces
and nephews will never forget his affectionate nose and cheek pinches. He loved his family,
especially his daughter Veronica who will always be the apple of his eye.
On December 6, 2021, heavens gates opened up for one of God’s precious children. James Earl
Rodgers is preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Russell, Marcus, and sister Donna.
He leaves behind to cherish the memories of his life and legacy daughter Veronica Rodgers of
Lubbock TX, his siblings, (3) brothers Wiley (Deborah) Rodgers, Jeremiah (Carol) Rodgers,
David Rodgers, and (1) sister Brenda Hancock, all of Denver, and (5) sisters Sally (Billy)
Williams, Helen Rodgers, Janice (Lloyd) Daniels, Carla (Darrell) Wiley, and Rosemary
(Booker) Walker, all of Dallas, TX, (1) Aunt Zula Mae of Rochester, NY; and a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
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