Marla Joyce Tull Rogers
November 6, 1965 – September 18, 2023
Marla Joyce Tull Rogers being made in the image of God was born the first time on November 6, 1965 to her parents Carl and Martha Tull. She was born again at age eleven by yielding to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. She lived her life with deep devotion to Him and His ways with a strong desire to serve Him through some kind of ministry. Eventually she experienced a call to go to seminary in Texas where she met the man she would marry David Henry Rogers. They began ministering to a church in Zapata, Texas where she also became the editor of the local county newspaper. After they were called to First Baptist Church in Biscoe, Arkansas in 2001, she began to work in the counseling correspondence department of Family Life ministry in Little Rock. Health issues developed to the point where she had to become a homebound prayer warrior. While her physical surroundings had shrunken to the confines of the house, she nevertheless increased her spiritual outreach by praying diligently for individuals in her family, her church, the community, and all over the world. In the last years and months of her life she experienced both health setbacks and improvements that energized her desires to continue in prayer and personal godly counsel to whomever she encountered whether it be people in doctors waiting rooms or to the medical personnel themselves. She loved people, her husband, her family, her church, anybody who was nearby.
While Marla was homebound during much of the Sunday School hours, her heart was bound to the ladies of the Open Hearts and Women of Faith classes of Biscoe Baptist Church.
She had a personal love for cats and through the years of her life was mama to many. Her direct presence with the Lord began during the early hours of September 18, 2023.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Tull, mother Martha Tull, older brother Mike Tull and the baby conceived but never delivered, Robin Rogers. She is survived by her beloved husband David, sister Carla (Ron) Tunnell, brother Harold (Brenda) Tull, in-laws Howard and Claire Rogers, brother-in-law Bill (Heidi) Rogers, sister-in-law Cathy Rogers and Tammy (Bradley) Logan. Her nephews and nieces were practically brothers and sisters: Tom (Leslie) Tunnell, Tim (Kim) Tunnell, Stephanie (Scotty) Alsup, Rachel (Blake) Hogue, Katie (Kevin) Hartis. Their children and ever growing families as well as other relatives always held a special place in her heart and in her prayers. She was especially encouraged by a number of friends who ministered powerfully to her heart. Memorials to the Gideons are especially appreciated.