Bluefield Daily Telegraph December 7, 2006

Joseph Arnold Rogers

PRINCETON Joseph Arnold Rogers, 82, of 211 East Reynolds Avenue, Princeton, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton.

Born Sept. 7, 1924 at McComas, he was the son of the late John Oswald Rogers and Virginia Gills Rogers.

Mr. Rogers attended the Lashmeet Freewill Baptist Church. He was retired from Consolidated Coal Company at Itmann after 37 years and was a member of U.M.W.A. Local 9690. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with four bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Maxine Laxton Rogers of Princeton; three sons, Wayne Rogers and his wife Susan of Stallings, N.C., Bobby Rogers and his wife Janet and Bruce Rogers and his wife Donna, all of Princeton; two brothers, Larmer Rogers and his wife Ruby and James Rogers, all of McComas; four sisters, Elsie Pergeau and her husband Al of Detroit, Mich., Mildred Purdy and her husband Ronnie of Sneadville, Tenn., Hazel Rogers and Juanita Rogers, both of McComas; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Randolph Dishner officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where military rites will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Council. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. To view a video tribute of Mr. Rogers or send the family online condolences, please visit