Thomas Luther "Luke" Rogers, 89, husband of Mary Helen Ouzts Rogers, died on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Covenant Place.
Born on Dec. 11, 1927, at Britton Station, he was a son of the late Ernest B. and Bessie Luther Rogers. He was educated at Brogdon School, Edmunds High and Clemson A&M College. He served in Korea with the 958th Ordnance. He retired from Sumter County after 36 years of service, 17 as public works director. He then worked part-time for Newman Construction of Sumter. He was a devoted husband, father and community servant. He was formerly chairman of the Sumter County Transportation Committee. He previously served as chairman and was presently serving on the Salvation Army Advisory Board; was a past member of the Kiwanis Club; was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Roads End; past member and past president of the Trian Club; past board member of the YMCA; was presently a member of First Baptist Church, having served on the grounds committee, the building maintenance committee, and as a member of the Baraca Sunday School Class. He was chosen as man of the year in 1990 by the Chamber of Commerce.
His family includes his wife; one son, Tommy Rogers and his wife, Cindy, of Macon, Georgia; one daughter, Terri Seignious and her husband, Dr. David Seignious, of Johns Island; a brother-in-law, Sam Gambrell of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; grandchildren, Dr. Allison Paine and her husband, Joel, Trey Rogers, and Patrick and Hayden Seignious.
He was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Rogers; and a sister, Anne Gambrell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Clanton officiating. Burial will be in Sumter Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Young, Dick Mahon, Brant Bahnmuller, Mark Brody, Mike Newman, Curtis Spencer and Buddy Harper.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 958th Ordnance, members of the Baraca Sunday School class, Dr. R.E. McDowell, Jimmy Newman, Eddie Newman, Bobby Rabon, Sonny Hurst, Edwin Campbell and Tommy Hall.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 107 E. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150; to the Salvation Army, 18 Kendrick St., Sumter, SC 29150; or Covenant Place, 2825 Carter Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.