Charles B Rogers IV

Charles B Rogers IV

On Wednesday, February 26, Corky Rogers, loving husband, father and papa, passed away at the age of 76.

Charles “Corky” Buxton Rogers IV was born on December 19, 1943 in Bay City, Michigan to Charles Buxton Rogers III and Margaret Sennett Rogers.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech where he played football.  He spent 45 years as a head football coach for Lee High School and the Bolles School where he became the most successful coach in the history of Florida, finishing his illustrious career with 465 wins and 10 state championships.

He is survived by his wife Linda, his two daughters Tracy Rogers White (Keith), Jennifer Rogers Drawdy (Clint), and his six grandchildren, Sidney Morgan Yost, Mason Parker Yost, Sennett Rogers Drawdy, Price Hamilton Drawdy, Mae Marshall Drawdy and Shelby Lera Drawdy.

Corky will be remembered for his impact on the countless lives over many decades and his legacy will live on for generations.  He was a fierce competitor, loyal friend and a kind soul who pushed everyone to be better than they thought they could be on and off the field.

Over the years he loved spending time with his family, playing competitive and recreational sports, fishing, listening to music and he relished the beach.  He had an infectious smile and somehow balanced his hard nose coaching style with a deep compassion for everyone.  He dedicated his life to Jesus Christ before he passed and received a peace that surpasses all understanding.

A graveside service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery 4535 Main Street on Thursday, March 5th at 12:00pm. Please use Gate 5. Following the service will be a celebration of life from 3-6pm at the Deerwood Country Club.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Corky’s honor be made to Community Hospice of Jacksonville (www.communityhospice.com), Coaches Honor (www.coacheshonor.org) or the non-profit of your choice.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home & Crematory 4535 Main Street Jacksonville, Florida 32206 (904) 353-3649.

5 Comments

  • Denise O’Steen Posted February 29, 2020 5:11 pm

    I graduated from Lee in 1975 and Coach Rogers being there as my teacher and our great football coach made it fantastic years. He will be deeply missed RIP Coach I know you will have a winning team in heaven

  • Joe and Linda Jackson Posted March 2, 2020 2:20 pm

    My condolences to the family of Corky Rogers. Corky and I were childhood buddies. I spent a lot of time in Corky’s home and spent the night often. He had wonderful parents. Corky was much like his father, Chuck, was a winsome guy and a popular man around town. He played football for UF and taught us how to play. His mother, Margaret was a real beauty and a fried chicken expert. I loved them all. Corky was a good man and did well. It’s good to know he is at home with the Lord. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Joseph T. Jackson.

  • Dr. Jaynell M. Smith-Cameron Posted March 5, 2020 3:32 am

    Class ‘81 Robert E. Lee. I will always be grateful for our senior year on the cheerleaders squad when Coach Rogers lead us to a 13-1 season in football. He not only taught us how to win but also how to recover after a lost. Let the tear fall because they are real but keep your Heart strong because you will always get another chance when you believe in yourself. Thank God for you and your family. May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family.

  • Edgar Bennett Posted March 5, 2020 8:59 am

    Thanks, The Bennetts

  • Avant Jenkins Posted March 5, 2020 8:22 pm

    Coach Rogers, See you on the sidelines in Heaven Avant Jenkins # 25 Running Back Ribault High School

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