Margaret Sue Rogers passed away at Springhill Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the age of 79. She was born in Hazen on July 23, 1936, the daughter of Alazar “Doc” and Irene Sparks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Rogers, Sr.; her sisters, Ann Long and Liz Sparks; a son, Trey Rogers, and a daughter, Donna Rogers Carter.
Sue is survived by two daughters and four sons: Ruby and Jim Hryiewicz of Sherwood and Carol Sue Beckham of Hazen; Gary and Mala Rogers of North Little Rock; Terry and Saraya Rogers of Bald Knob; Rusty and Kim Rogers of Hazen, and Gregg Rogers of North Little Rock. She also leaves behind nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Sue and her husband Carl opened their first grocery in 1956 in Biscoe; they later opened an additional store in Hazen in 1966 as Rogers Foodliner Grocery Store. They also operated a grocery store in Des Arc. Sue was regular fixture at the stores assisting Carl in the day-to-day operations of the business. She took great pleasure in all things “Hazen”, whether it was the Hazen Hornet athletic teams or the Hazen Rice Festival. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren perform athletically and on stage; they always had a fan in “Nanny”. Sue’s spare time was taken up in traveling, gardening, or lunching with friends. She was happiest when she was cooking for a house full of children and grandchildren. Sue was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 15, at 10:30 A.M. at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen and will be officiated by Bro. Christian VanHouten, with burial to immediately follow in the Hazen Cemetery. Visitation will be at Westbrook Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening, October 14, 2015. Pallbearers will be Rex Long, Rex Allen Long, Timothy VanHouten, Josh VanHouten, Donnie Boothe, and Glen Carroll. Memorials may be made to the Hazen Booster Club or the Hazen Baseball Association.