Vivian L. Rogers



Vivian Lemort Rogers, daughter of the late Lester and Mildred Jones, was born on the 16th day of September 1928 in Bethel, North Carolina. She peacefully closed her eyes for her eternal rest on February 9, 2018. Vivian was preceded in death by her two siblings: Lewis E. Jones and Annie Jones-Gross; daughter, Maria Antoinette Montague; and grandsons, Tony Kirkland and Keenan V. Rogers.

Vivian was happily married for thirty-two years to the late James Vance Rogers Jr. They lived and raised their family in Raleigh, North Carolina. Vivian devoted her life to her husband and to the care of her family. She also shared her gift of love and her spirit of giving with other families, namely the Anderson and Thornhill families for whom she provided many years of employment. Vivian had endearing, loving relationships with both families.

Vivian gave her life to Christ at an early age which formed the spiritual foundation for her life after marriage. Vivian and Vance raised their family on Christian principles and beliefs. Vivian began her Christian foundation at Manly Street Christian Church where she served faithfully on the choir. After marriage the family attended St. John A.M.E. Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a small town called, “Ramcat, where she and her husband faithfully served on the Senior Choir until Vance’s death in 1978. Within a few months Vivian relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to care for her brother, Lewis, after the death of their mother.

Vivian resided in the family-owned home on Mulberry Street, where she became an active member of the community. She loved and welcomed everyone into her home.
It was in this neighborhood where Vivian earned the name “Ms. V.” Everyone would come running when they knew Ms. V was cooking, which was often! Vivian developed a love for cooking at an early age. Stories have been told that Vivian would stand on a stool to reach the stovetop in order to prepare meals for her father after his long days of work at the local sawmill in Bethel, North Carolina. These were not just any little meals, to say the least. She would prepare a variety of meats, collard greens and other fresh vegetables. So now you understand why the neighborhood would come running whenever she cooked! They loved her fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and seafood salad (really anything she cooked would send an alarm)!

On Mulberry Street, her home became the place of friendly gatherings for news, laughter, and fellowship. She was famous for her fun-filled conversations, humorous personality, good food, and hospitality. One could always find a fun and exciting card game at her home on the weekends. Vivian was most known and loved for her true friendship and compassion to others in their time of need. Whenever a neighbor died, Vivian would walk for miles to collect food and monetary donations for the family of the deceased. Vivian knew her neighbors well and earned their loyalty. If that is not unconditional love, then what is it?

Vivian loved music, in particular, Gospel music was her favorite and Shirley Caesar was one of her favorite artist. She enjoyed going to church. She attended the family church, Whitestone Baptist Church on Baker Street for a while after moving to Baltimore. Then she became a member of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland after visiting several times with her next door neighbor and friend, Hattie Woodson. While at St James, she joined the Golden-Age Choir and was appointed to the Steward Board until her health started to decline. Vivian also enjoyed visiting other churches from time to time, especially if she thought they had what she described as a “fired up preacher”. She would say, “That preacher was on the ball” to describe her enthusiasm for the sermon. One of her favorite churches to visit was New Psalmist Baptist Church. Even though she enjoyed hearing other preachers, she always thought her church’s pastor was the best. After moving with her daughter Michelle and son-in-love, Joe in 2010, Vivian attended church with them at Greater Mt. Nebo African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Bowie , Maryland where she became a faithful member.

Vivian was known by many affectionate names. Some called her “Sister”; one could only imagine that she earned that nickname by being sandwiched between “Brother” and “Baby”. Her children called her “Momma”; and the grandchildren called her “Momma Vivian”; and, at times they would sneak in “Granny”. Her friends and acquaintances called her “Ms. V,” “Ms. Rogers,” or just plain “Vivian.” But all of her names were given by those who loved her and loved being with her.

She was a devoted daughter, sister, sister-in-love, mother, grandmother, and friend. Vivian never met a “stranger”. She always gave freely of herself, she would instantly change the “stranger” into a good friend. She always said, “May the work I’ve done speak for me” and “If I can help somebody, then my living won’t be in vain”.

Vivian loved to celebrate her birthday. Throughout her 89 years, she shared the love, the light and the life that was within her with anyone she encountered!

Vivian leaves to carry on her legacy her children: Edward Michael Rogers (Raleigh, NC), Fran Elizabeth Jones (Baltimore, MD), Charlmayne Antoinette Alston-Copney (Raleigh, NC), Jean Michelle Perry and son- in-love Joseph Perry, Jr. (Bowie, MD).

Vivian was blessed with 21 grandchildren: Tracy Jenifer, Sherrie Rodgers, Edward M. Rogers Jr., Dia Rogers-Grice (Richard), James Comer, Derrick Comer, Dia Webb (Samuel), Craig Curtis (Patricia), Edward Shawne Rogers, Troy Rogers, Stevee Alston, Adaire Alston, Devin Copney, Dymon Copney, Jamia Perry, Jada Perry, Joseph Micah Perry (Kai), Janae Perry, and Jyra Perry. She was also blessed with 50 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren (and counting). Vivian also leaves to cherish her memory, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Wake will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Haywood Funeral Home from 5-8 PM. Interment takes place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Raleigh National Cemetery at 11:00 AM.