James Eldridge Rogers of Hopkinsville, KY., beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, son, coach, professor, and friend, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021. He is preceded in death his parents, J.T. and Mary Lorell Nixon Rogers and his son-in-law, Michael Winslow. He was born December 12, 1939 in Christian County. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville, KY.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sheryl Christina Hughes Rogers; a daughter, Laura Lynn Rogers Winslow, Hopkinsville; a son, James Brian Rogers (Matt Kennedy), of Clermont, FL; a grandson, Jason Donald Winslow of Davenport, FL; and honorary daughter, Tierra Finch Knight, Clarksville, TN; and an honorary granddaughter, Jamyah Finch, Clarksville, TN. He is survived by a brother, Robert Lewis (Bob) Rogers (Gayle), of Murray, KY. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, a host of cousins, and by the Heritage Volleyball Family.
He was a teacher and baseball coach at Christian County High School from 1962-1965. He was the Athletic Director at Christian County High School from 1965-1968. From 1968-2003 he was a Professor and Director of Student Activities for Hopkinsville Community College. After 35 years of service, he was named a Professor Emeritus at Hopkinsville Community College. From 2005-2019 he was the head coach for Volleyball at Heritage Christian Academy, where in 2011 his team won the state championship with a perfect 31-0 record, in addition to leading the Lady Warriors to 2 state runner-ups and 3 JV state championships.
He was a graduate of Lacy High School; he graduated from Millsaps College in 1962 with a BS degree; in 1965 he received his MA degree from Austin Peay State University.
He won the Great Teacher Award for the University of Kentucky system in 1968; he became a member of the Dawahares KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999; he was a member of the Christian County High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 2004; a member of the Kentucky Academic Association Hall of Fame in 1997; a member of the top 25 sports figures in the history of Christian County by the KY New Era Newspaper; a member of the KY High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame; he began the Junior Pro Basketball Program in Christian County in 1971; he was Director of the Pennyrile Senior Games from their inception to the 2010 games.
His officiating accomplishments include: officiating the KHSAA State Championships in baseball, softball, football and volleyball. He was the umpire in chief for the state of KY Babe Ruth Baseball for 25 years; he umpired the Babe Ruth districts, state tournaments, Ohio Valley Regional and the Babe Ruth World Series; he was the supervisor of umpires for KHSAA baseball and softball tournaments after retiring from umpiring.
He was the BSU sponsor at HCC for 30 years. He was a member of the Kentucky Society of the National Sons of the American Revolution.
There will be a Celebration of Life on June 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville. Burial will follow in Green Hill Memorial Gardens. King’s Funeral Home in Cadiz is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy and love take the form of memorial contributions to the Hopkinsville Community College Foundation, Eldridge Rogers Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 180, Hopkinsville, KY 42241-0180, or to the Heritage Christian Academy Scholarship Fund: Attn. Athletic Department, 8349 Eagle Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.