May 21, 1924 ~ March 25, 2008

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Alexander, NC

HARLEY J. ROGERS Harley J. Rogers, 83, formerly of 899 Old Highway #20, Alexander, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Mr. Rogers was born in Buncombe County and was a son of the late Melvin P. and Julia Hawkins Rogers. He was married to Oneva Robinson Rogers, who died in 2004. Mr. Rogers was an Army Ranger during WW II, serving with Company 1, 291st Infantry in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the Bronze Star for his duty at the Battle of the Bulge. He retired in 1986 after 30 years with American Enka. He attended Mountain View Baptist Church. He is survived by three daughters, Vicki Carney, Theresa Amen, and Pam Robinson, five grandchildren, Patrick, Ryan, Matthew, Shannon and Tyler, and his caretaker for many years, Margaret Griffin. The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Everett Haney officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council will follow at Ashelawn Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the VFW Post 891, 626 New Leicester Highway, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and always.

    …for the Lord shall be thine
    everlasting light, and the days
    of thy mourning shall be ended.
    Isaiah 60:20

    May you remember always
    that, for every sorrow,
    there is comfort…
    for every sadness,
    there is healing…
    for each loss–
    the promise of new life.
    With Sympathy,
    Bill, Josie, Mike, Nancy, Chris and Holly Sluder

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  2. My husband and I spent many, many hours in the company of Harley from 83 thru 90.
    He was such a wonderful person and had a spirit about him that made you want to just sit a spell.

    After weeks on the road, I’d come easing down Alexander road in my truck and breath a sigh of relief when I saw his porch light on because I knew I was home.

    Gene and I loved your dad and we loved him dearly.

    You can rest easy now Harley… your home.

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  3. Harley was a wonderful man who survived some tough times and always came out with a smile. I loved him very much. He is at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. I first met HARLEY when my mother-in-law was moved to Emerald Ridge in October 2007. I always looked forward to seeing him on our visits,and I thought of him very often, because he was such a very friendly and remarkable man! He was always smileing and active! I was very impressed with his stories and it turned out that we knew some of the same people.
    My Mother-in-law, Nell Rector died the night of November 3rd and Harley was very sympathitic for us!
    I thought about Harley a great deal after that and should have visited him, but it is very hard to go to those horrible places!
    May he rest in peace in Heaven with his loved ones!

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  5. DEAR PAM AND MATTHEW
    YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. I HOPE KNOWING YOU HAVE FRIENDS THAT CARE ABOUT YOU WILL HELP WITH THE PAIN. MAY GOD COMFORT YOUR HEARTS. HE IS IN A PERFECT PLACE AND ENJOYING ALL HIS FRIENDS NOW.
    LOVE YOU
    WILMA ROGERS

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  6. Dear Vicki, Theresa and Pam,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father. During this time, may God’s precious love and comfort minister to your every need.

    Betty Jo(Rogers)Robinson

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  7. Dear Vicki, Theresa and Pam,

    Kermit notified me about the loss of your Dad.

    I hope you know that our loved ones may be gone from our sight but they are always in our memories and in our heart. I hope those wonderful memories will bring you comfort.

    May God bless you at this difficult time.

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  8. Harley was the best neighbor and friend. .he was like a Big Brother to the Howell girls. and the Boyd family will always remember him . Shirley & Howard Keyes

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