Billy James Rodgers was born May 5, 1932, to Emmett Alfred and Mary Alice (Simms) Rodgers. He entered into his Heavenly home Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Mineral Wells, at the age of 81 years.
He married Joyce Smethers June 26, 1952, in Weatherford. They were married 61 years.
Bro. Billy, as he was known, pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Graham, before moving to Jacksboro in 1966. There he founded and pastored Bible Baptist Church for 34 years until he turned the church to his grandson, B.J. Nunley. Serving the Lord was his passion, but he worked as a rock mason until recently when he laid his trowel down for the last time, as he finished his last project at Christian Missions Church in Jacksboro.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Connie Nunley; and a sister, Mary Sue Martin.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Joyce Rodgers; daughters, Vicki Tillery and husband James of Jacksboro; Pam Dodson and husband Ed of Perrin; sisters Ann Roden and husband Jimmie of Weatherford; Thelma Jean Wasson and husband Glen of Angelton; brother, Emmett Rodgers and wife Jane of Poolville; five grandchildren B. J. Nunley and wife Roberta; Angela Lowrance and husband Ace; Jace Tillery and wife Nina; Rebecca Berend and husband Quentin; Emily McKinney and husband Jake; nine great-grandchildren, Caleb, Lathan, Ashlyn, Jaron, Brynlee, Braxton, Kylie Faith, Brystol, Brittany and Jayd.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept.
23, 2013, at Bible Baptist Church in Jacksboro.
Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Youth Group, 241 West Live Oak, Jacksboro, TX 76458.