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Ronald E. Rogers

Updated: Mar 22

Ronald "Ronnie" Edward Rogers Sr. was born to Ms. Emma Winston and Mr. George Bussy at The University of Tennessee Hospital, Knoxville on March 21, 1947. He was Ms. Emma's only child and she was ecstatic to be his mother. Later in life, Ronnie took care of his mother, as she had done for him.  Eventually, she retired to a nursing home after which Ronnie would visit his mother every Sunday like clock work. 

 Ronnie joined the military at a young age. After his enlistment, he became an entrepreneur.  He owned a gas station, two ice cream trucks, a night club, and various investment properties. To further his portfolio, he loved to restore and sell cars and motorcycles. He loved to maintain and renovate his investment properties. Even when he could not climb the ladder himself, it was a must that he hire someone who would "listen to him'' tell them how to do it his way. 

Ronnie was a jack of all trades. He could fix just about anything! He knew everything about auto mechanics and motorcycle mechanics. You would often find him on Dixon Street, working on his motorcycles. As a skilled leather crafter, he created many pieces such as purses, wallets, belts, and bags, that he shared with his family and friends throughout the years. 

Ronnie enjoyed excursions through the mountains of Gatlinburg on his motorcycle. He loved having dinner at his favorite barbecue spot, Bennetts. He shared this experience with many of his children and friends throughout his life. After several motorcycle accidents, he gave them up and recently acquired a new "motorcycle", which was his Lexus convertible. He could be seen shining it up in the mornings, wearing his robe. He loved his new toy, as he knew it was a much safer ride. 

Well-known throughout the community, Ronnie touched the lives of everyone he met. Smart and resourceful, he loved to give advice that was always spot on, timely, and well received. He kept it 100! If you wanted the truth, Ronnie was the person to hear it from.

Ronnie was a stylish man. He was always well put together. You could always find a crease in his pants. From his handsome smile to his ambition, he loved that his children took after him in many ways. He expected his children to work hard and not ask for handouts - especially from him. He loved to brag on the accomplishments of his children, as he considered it a reflection of himself. 

Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, George Bussy and daughter, Rene Jones. He leaves to carry on his legacy his Mother Emma Winston, Children - Dwight Rogers, Ronnie Rogers, Jr., Teresa Rogers, Tammy Rogers, Lachelle Weaver, Rushia Cooper, Keesha Tate, Mashama Wilson, Anthony Garner, Antwana Garner, Marquez Womble, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

His mother, children, and friends loved him dearly and will miss him immensely.


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