Dr. Hobart R. Rogers

  • Born: April 1, 1937
  • Died: June 3, 2014
  • Location: Rutherforddton, North Carolina

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Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Hobart "Hobe" Rogers

Dr. Hobart "Hobe" R. Rogers, 77, of Rutherfordton, N.C., entered eternal life on June 3, 2014. Born April 1, 1937 in Steubenville, Ohio, his wisdom, character and Godly example will be carried on by his family and friends.

Dr. Rogers was a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon and had a genuine concern for others and their health and well-being. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and went on to attend the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, where he graduated in 1963. Immediately following, he first completed an internship and then his residency for orthopaedics in 1968 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

He proudly served his country as a Major in the United States Army in the Medical Corps at Camp Zama, Japan during the Vietnam War before he and his family settled in Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 1971, where He became a part of the Norris Biggs Clinic. He quickly settled into being the only orthopedist in the area at that time, practicing both at Rutherford Hospital as well as at St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus, N.C., where he retired from his practice in 2003. He served on the hospital's board of trustees and served as its chairman, as well the hospital's chief of staff. His contributions to the hospital in these capacities are endless, ranging from physician recruitment to expansion of services. He was also a member of a number of medical associations and was in 2007 named the North Carolina Hospital Association Trustee of the Year. His colleagues remember him for his keen ability to listen and address problems quickly and without qualm.

Hobe's greatest passion was serving others. When he wasn't at the hospital, he spent much of his time volunteering or attending medical mission trips with his wife, Helen. They have served others in many countries, including Egypt, Kenya, Honduras, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where he developed a passion for the work done by the Good Samaritan Clinic. He spent his time mending many patients back to health and sharing the unconditional love and word of the Lord Jesus Christ, for many for the very first time. Hobe also helped establish Rutherford County's first free medical clinic, served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity in Rutherford County, was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was very active in his church, First United Methodist in Rutherfordton, where fellow members will miss his voice in the choir each Sunday morning.

Hobe is survived by his wife, Helen V. Rogers, two sons and daughters-in-law: John Mark and Sandra Rogers of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and David and Misty Rogers of Rutherfordton; two daughters and sons-in-law: Susan (Rogers) and Paul Brendemuhl of Nondalton, Alaska, and Carol (Rogers) and Chris Archer of Wiesbaden, Germany. He is also survived by his father, William H. Rogers of Rutherfordton and brother, William Rogers of Sanford, Michigan. Other survivors include his 17 grandchildren and three grandchildren-in-law: Elizabeth (Rogers) and Evan Hamilton, Mary Catherine Rogers, Abigail (Brendemuhl) and Dayton Warren, Deborah (Brendemuhl) and Trey Lance, Callie Archer, Makayla Hodge, Quentin Brendemuhl, Brittany Hodge, Carolina Archer, Anna Brendemuhl, Joshua Brendemuhl, Caleb Brendemuhl, David Brendemuhl, Benjamin Brendemuhl, Maris Rogers, Sarah Brendemuhl and William Rogers. Yet other survivors include numerous coworkers, friends, and church family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marian M. Rogers.

Hobe was loved and adored by his family and friends and will be remembered mostly for his wisdom, servant leadership, loving example and encouragement. His grandchildren greatly admired him and will fondly cherish memories of carriage rides, golf cart trips around the farm, camping trips and visits to the hospital gift shop, among many others. But most of all, his family now enjoys, in part because of Hobe's character, a genuine appreciation for nature, an honest respect for volunteerism and gratefulness for Godly family values. Hobe loved to drive carriages and could often be found tinkering with his carriage or tending to his two horses that pulled it. He also looked after his flock of sheep and 48 acres on Union Rd. in Rutherford County. Hobe was also very musically gifted and played the trumpet and French horn in the Symphony of Rutherford County for a number of years.

While his presence on earth will be greatly missed, his character, example and quiet disposition will always live in the hearts of those that knew him.

The family will receive friends from 12 – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at a visitation prior to the funeral service in the Fellowship Center of First United Methodist Church at 264 N. Main St. in Rutherfordton. The funeral service will be immediately following in the sanctuary at 2 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Jack Knoespel and Chaplain (LTC) Christopher Archer, U.S. Army, officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Kistlers Chapel United Methodist Church, 1060 Poors Ford Rd. in Rutherfordton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials please be directed to the Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1534, Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139, or Good Samaritan Medical Clinic c/o First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton.

Online guestbook can be found at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com.
McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of Dr. Rogers are of a kind and gentle man, with the sweetest smile. I have thought of Carole and the rest of the family often this summer and pray that God give you peace in this time of loss. He will be missed.

Posted by Kimberly Ruppe - Bostic - friend   August 03, 2014

Dear Family,

Dr. Rogers was one of the first people I met on my first day of playing with the Symphony of Rutherford County seven years ago. My piano was right behind him. He was such a kind, sweet, and gentle soul who eased my nervousness and from that day on our friendship grew. We talked about his mission trips, his relationship to God, and his love of music. I only got to see him for a couple of hours a week, but he truly was an inspiration to all of us and he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Gale W. Wilson - Lake Lure, NC - Friend   June 27, 2014

God bless you Miss Helen and I pray for your heart. Through a complete stranger at my place of work today, in FL, I heard of Hobart's passing. You both have been in my thoughts and my heart for many years. I'm truly sorry for your loss. He was amazing. I looked up to him and respected him more than he will ever know. Thank you for being his rock. He had such a gift in you. God bless you.

Posted by Melanie Sharpe Griffith - FL - friend   June 12, 2014

I was so sorry to hear that Hobe Rogers has passed. Condolences to my childhood friends, The Rogers Family. We shared many good times and many good memories, both in church and on the farm. My heart is with you all in this time of sorrow. Best wishes to you all as you move forward. Sandi L.

Posted by Sandi Dysart Loganadan - Martinsville, VA - friend   June 11, 2014


I am heart broken this wonderful man has left us so soon. I had the honor of working with Dr. Rogers in the operating room in the early 90's and throughout the years in various places. I will never forget his gentle and kind ways and most of all his wonderful spirit toward the human race. I will miss you Dr. Rogers!

Posted by Nancy Carroll - Tryon, NC - Friend   June 10, 2014

I worked on second north at Rutherford Hospital and took care of Dr. Rogers patients. He was always kind and compassionate to his patients and staff. His love for Jesus was always evident in his every day life. He was our ladies hospital soft ball coach for many years and led us well. We needed some help and he brought in his daughter Susan, as our power house hitter and left fielder. Sweet memories! I moved to the operating room as a staff nurse and worked with Dr Rogers in the surgery suite until his retirement and again no pretense, always the same. We talked a lot about his mission trips and his love for people was very evident. He inspired me and in 2004, I went on my first mission trip.
Our church had a "Nativity" scene on the front lawn each year at Christmas and Dr Rogers always blessed us with one of his donkeys. About 4- 5 years ago, the donkey really showed himself during the reading of the scripture and Dr Rogers was beside himself. He said, "You just never know how they are going to act. They are just like children. Unpredictable!" His laughter: such a gift! I love Dr and Mrs Rogers .To all the family: Praying for peace and comfort that only God can give.

Posted by Susan Campbell - Rutherfordton, NC - friend and co worker   June 10, 2014

Sorry for your loss. we will keep you in our prayers.
Myra and Gene Yelton and family

Posted by Myra Tomblin Yelton - Yorktown, VA - High School friend   June 10, 2014

Dr. Rogers was wonderful to our community and his interests stretched far.beyond the medical field. Usually our conversations went to travels, farming and love of farming... he was so easy to talk with and enjoyed living and making life a little more interesting.

Dr. Rogers was always respectful and interested in whatever the conversation happened to be. He wanted the very best for all of those around him. I remember well the retirement party we had for him and how much he seemed to appreciate the recognition. A good friend in healthcare and in the community is gone and he will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Helen and the family...
Butch and Karen Moore
Forest City, NC

Posted by Butch and Karen Moore - Rutherfordton, NC - Worked with Dr. Rogers   June 10, 2014

Some years ago, my wife Beula, daughter Rachel and l visited Hobe and Helen, saw the farm, met Hobe's dad and son David, and were blessed by their warm hospitality. Sitting out on the back porch sharing stories and then following Hobe as he proudly led us around his little piece of heaven, we were touched by the loving heart of this talented man of God who was so willing to share and be a blessing to others. We were envigorated by his sense of mission which we share.

All our best to Helen and the rest of the family that they find comfort and the strength to endure. May Hobe and all who loved and knew him find peace at the last!

Posted by David Maris - Williamsburg, VA - Cousin of Helen   June 09, 2014

Helen and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. Please know I am thinking of you and know that God is holding you in the palm of his hand.

Sue Cummings

Posted by Sue Cummings - Statesville, NC - Friend   June 09, 2014

The Rogers/Feeman mini reunion in August 2006 was held at Lark's home. Hobart and Helen suggested the date August 10 (my birthday). It was my very first birthday party ever (I was 54yrs young) and Hobart made it happen!

Hobart is a servant of God and he's in a better place at peace. He is welcomed and wrapped in the arms of our relatives who have already passed. You can be comforted knowing that he is watching over you and when you talk to Hobart he's listening.

With our love and deepest sympathy,

Ann and Nicholas Pappas, Stephanie and Justin Shreve and their family

Posted by Ann R. Pappas - Howell, MI - cousin   June 08, 2014


Hobart, has always been a shining example of what our Dear Lord, means by being a 'loving servant of God'. Our family has always cherished Hobart and Helen and followed their family missions and adventures with great admiration and love. Hobart and Helen have set such a fine example of family. No matter where you have been, we have felt your love and caring. We have always felt close. Now in the spiritual realm, Hobart will continue to guide us always with his quiet wisdom and kind humor.
May our hearts and gentle comfort enfold all our dear cousins.
With all our love, Lark; Alan & Jamie, Henry, Andrew;Aaron & Hope Samouelian; Jack Salo

Posted by Lark L. Samouelian - Howell, MI - Cousin   June 08, 2014


What a wonderful man to know. I know that he will be trememdously missed by all you knew him. He was my son Christophers Father-in-law. I had only met Hobe a few times I knew how kind he was. He and Helen kept me in their prayers often in which I am very thankful.

Sincerely, Donna Archer

Posted by Donna Archer - Bakersfield, CA - Friend   June 08, 2014


I am so sad and in shock to hear about my Uncle Hobart. He was and always will be a very special man to many people. I always enjoyed seeing him at our family events and can't even imagine not being around him again.

Uncle Hobart, you will truly be missed, by me and many others. My heart goes out to Aunt Helen, all four of my cousins and their families, Granddad, and my father Will (Hobe's brother), and all the rest of the family.

With my deepest sympathy, thoughts, prayers and lots of love.

Debbie Rogers & Steve Spence

Posted by Debbie Rogers - Oswego, IL - Niece   June 07, 2014


I was so blessed to have served with Hobart in the Dominican Republic for two years. My prayers are with Helen and her family.

Posted by Abbie Samuel - Greensboro, NC - Friend   June 06, 2014

We are so sad to hear of the sudden passing of Hobe. He was much loved by this family. Not only this family, but the church, community and some of the foreign lands that he shared his professional services. He was very much a man of good deeds.
We have been fortunate and blessed to have shared the growing up of our children with theirs.
May God bless the family is this time of transition.. We love you.
Fletcher & Nancy

Posted by Fletcher & Nancy Spillman - Louisburg, NC - Friends   June 06, 2014

We are so sad to hear of the sudden passing of Hobe. He was much loved by this family. Not only this family, but the church, community and some of the foreign lands that he shared his professional services. He was very much a man of good deeds.
We have been fortunate and blessed to have shared the growing up of our children with yours.
God bless you. We love you.
Fletcher & Nancy

Posted by Fletcher & Nancy Spillman - Louisburg, NC - Friends   June 06, 2014

Hobart and I have had the joy, blessing, and love of sharing in missions in the Dominican Republic. I have always loved spending time with he and Helen. Last years, looking back now, was especially sweet, sentimental and special. How we wished we would, could know even 6 months in advance as our lives evolve. Their granddaughters joined Dream Ministries on the January 2014 team and what a joy they were. You could tell how proud Hobart and Helen were and I'm sure these beautiful girls now, as well as then, knew they were sharing something very special with 2 very special people.

Hobart, if I could speak with you one more time, I would remind you what a special man you were...a gentle, kind, sweet spirited man who shared the love of God with everyone he met. Just by conversation, I would know how knowledgeable you were. You spoke kindness, you nutured, and you loved....the least of these.

Last year, I sat beside you one evening at dinner and have a wonderful picture of you and I "finally' being served our ice cream. It will be a picture I will cherish forever for it showed you...being you.

My prayers are with Helen and all the family. You, as you well know, had a special person in your lives. I will pray for you in the days, weeks, months ahead but all the while knowing...we will see him again and he walks with you still today.

Be at peace
I love you Hobart.

Posted by Paula Lambert - Kannapolis, NC - friend   June 06, 2014

It has been my honor to be on Dream Ministries medical mission trip to Barahona, Dominican Republic with Hobart and Helen several years. A gentle man with a servant's heart and true love for his wife and family. His "life" spoke volumes and he will be missed - but how Heaven must have celebrated when he arrived back home! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Susan Young - Concord, NC - Friend   June 05, 2014

I have so many fond memories of Dr. Rogers, I do not know where to start. He was a great man and a wonderful coworker. I began working with him in July 1991 at St. Lukes Hospital as a surgical tech. I worked with him until he retired just a few years ago. He was a such a sweet surgeon to work with. I am just in shock, I had a visit with him just about a little over a month ago and he was his same smiling, joking and caring self. He ask me about my kids that he saw grow up and just as he retired I was pregnant with my last child and he always wanted to see the latest pictures of my little girl. I surely will miss Dr. Rogers.
Rest in Peace doctor. St. Lukes with never be the same without your frequent visits and your loving heart. Always in my heart.....Christine Belue

Posted by Christine Belue - Landrum, SC - coworker from St. Lukes since 91   June 05, 2014

Prayers for you all during this time! Life without a father is difficult but knowing where they will spend eternity gives us comfort beyond measure.

Posted by Chris & Debbie Martin - Ellenboro, NC - Friend of Family   June 05, 2014

Our prayers ares with you and the family!

Posted by Bob, Shirley and Robbie Combs - Lincolnton, NC   June 05, 2014

I will miss u I new u for a long time we lived out from u an your family I enjoy coming up to your house with my father Albert Watson .Q

Posted by Betty Ellenburg - Bostic, NC - friend   June 04, 2014