William ‘Billy’ C. Rogers, 79, oyster-roasting fisherman who loved calling the Green Swamp home

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William "Billy" C. Rogers
William “Billy” C. Rogers

William “Billy” C. Rogers died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, as a result of complications from a fall. He was 79.

He was born in Brunswick County on Oct. 27, 1935, and loved calling the Green Swamp home. Growing up in the depression, he appreciated the value of hard work. He was a member of Town Creek Baptist Church and became a Christian as a young man. He was baptized and had a personal relationship with Christ throughout his life. He taught his family to care for others and to love God.

He was born to the Rev. Elbert Rogers and Ruby Sullivan Rogers. He was preceded in death by a sister, Vernie Allen. He was previously married to Nellie Powell Rogers Sistrunk and they had two daughters, Lisa Register (Tony), of Wilmington and Tina Glisson (Bryan), of Shelby. He adored his grandchildren, Drew, Leah and Seth Register and Jonathan (Crystal) and Elizabeth Glisson. He cherished his great-grandsons, Will, Jackson and Zion Glisson. He enjoyed the last 19 years married to his beloved wife, Margie Mintz Rogers. He was a loving and devoted brother to his sisters, Lois Gay, Vernie Allen, Betty Martin and Rebecca Clewis and he loved his many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from the Bolivia school system in 1956 as president of the class and enjoyed hosting reunions at his home, the most recent a few months ago. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve eight years.

Known for his great sense of humor and passion for people, he enjoyed hospitality. He cherished his large family and hosted any and every event at his home. He enjoyed fishing and boating on Town Creek, the inland waterway and Lake Waccamaw. Oyster roasts, fish fries and having his friends for daily coffee and fellowship were his favorite pastimes.

He worked at DuPont for many years and upon retiring, reconstructed and ran a saw mill at his residence. Never an idle man, he had a fervor for projects and could build anything, including his home.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the family’s residence. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Andrews Market Street Chapel, with the Rev. Clayton (Neal) Rivenbark officiating. A second visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Town Creek Baptist Church with Tony Register and the Rev. Bryan Glisson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to his longtime group of morning friends.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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