Thadis Rayon Rogers, age 86 of Ellerbe, NC passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. 


Born in Harnett County he was a son of the late Thomas Paschall Rogers and Rosie Gertrude Patterson Rogers. Rayon served in the US Army from 1954-1956 and was a retired forester with the North Carolina Forest Service. He loved his family with his big heart and all he had in him.  He was the protector of the family and would take on the worries of the world so his family would not need to worry uselessly.  He thought of his Forest Service workers as part of his family and enjoyed the time he spent with them. They were the ones that coined his nickname “Tooney”.  He loved the outdoors, was an avid beekeeper and the only person known to be able to tame and train guineas.  His family will truly miss his jokes, witty humor, his deep pig grunts to children to startle them and of course his update on how he was feeling which would sometimes lead to the saying I am “fine as frog hair”.  His biggest love though was “Miss Ann”, the “Queen Bee” and he was heartbroken when she left him in 2018.  As much as he loved his family, he was ready to see his bride again.    


He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Ann Mofield Rogers who passed away in 2018, brothers Bennett Rogers and William Rogers and great granddaughter Emberlyn Jade Hamrick. 


He is survived by four daughters, Mary Rogers Butler and husband Randall of Albemarle, Rachel Rogers Fraley and husband Buck of Mt Gilead, Lillian Rogers Maner and husband Carey “Birddog” of Ansonville and Karen Rogers Martin and husband Wesley of Troy; sisters Mary Broomfield of Delbarton, WV, Carolyn Hughes of Carthage; brothers Wilbur Rogers of Mt. Gilead, Ralph Rogers of Carthage; grandchildren Khristina Buczynski and husband Shawn, of Albemarle, Kimberly Butler, of Albemarle, Tara Hamrick and husband Buck, of Albemarle, Derrick Blevins and wife Emily, of Mt Gilead, Brandon Blevins and wife Patricia, of Mt Gilead, Carey Maner, of Ansonville, Shannon Maner, of Ansonville, Paul Maner and wife Stephanie, of Ansonville, Adam Maner, of Cary and a total of 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.


The family would like to thank the extended family of caregivers who came into his life and helped the family keep Rayon at home until his last few days of life.  They are Peggy Covington, Linda Morman, Robin Maples, Janie Boyle, Mary Lopez and Barbara Ledbetter.


Due to Covid restrictions the service will be held outdoors with military honors at Priest Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm conducted by Rev. Archie Stevens. 


Memorials may be made to Priest Hill Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 176, Carthage, NC 28327.


Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Rogers family. 


Online condolences may be made at


Graveside Service: November 15, 2020 2:00 pm

Priest Hill Presbyterian Church
2792 Old River Road
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. Renate and I send our sincere condolences to the Rogers family. I first met Thadis in 1986 when I transferred to the Rockingham District of the NC Forest Service. Thadis was one of the top notch Forest Fire Equipment Operators in the state. If you were his crewperson burning out behind him on a fast running sandhills wildfire, then you had to really hustle to keep up with him. Thadis and Ann were a very special team to the NC Forest Service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Mr. Rogers and his wife Annie Ruth funded my 16th birthday party their daughter Mary is my best friend. They had a positive effect on my life as a teenager. My heart hurts for the family.

  3. Hey Grandpa I’m so sorry I am not there today and haven’t been for some time!! But know you have always been a huge part of my heart and thoughts!! I love you so much and I am going to truly miss you❤️❤️

  4. Prayers for Thadis’ Family. May the Holy Spirit Comfort and give you Peace during this time of great loss. Jane and I met the Rogers family in 1964. Thadis worked hard and was always ready when called upon. Unless you have walked in their shoes, You will never know the sacrifices that Employees like Thadis and Ann Rogers made to protect the Natural Resources of this Great State. Sorry we could not be with you. We send our LOVE.

  5. I grew up a next door neighbor to the Riders clan. By next door, we were half mile away, but in rural moore county, they were the next house down the road. I knew his first name was Thadis, but to me, he was Rayon. His younger brother Wilbur and I were best friends and I was at their house a lot. I always looked up to Rayon. He always had time for us younger kids and that made a big impression on me. He was a hard worker on the tobacco farm, and I remember him singing as he worked. He had a great voice, and to me sounded like Hank Williams. I loved the whole Rogers clan, but Rayon was the one Iooked up to most. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. He will be missed.

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