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“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...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Kimberly Ruppe - Bostic - friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Gale W. Wilson - Lake Lure, NC

“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...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Melanie Sharpe Griffith - FL

“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...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Sandi Dysart Loganadan - VA

“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...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Carroll - Tryon, NC

“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....Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Susan Campbell - Rutherfordton, NC

“Sorry for your loss. we will keep you in our prayers. Myra and Gene Yelton and family ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Myra Tomblin Yelton - Yorktown, VA

“Dr. Rogers was wonderful to our community and his interests stretched far.beyond the medical field. Usually our conversations went to travels,...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Butch and Karen Moore - NC

“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...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: David Maris - Williamsburg, VA

“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...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Cummings - Statesville, NC

“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...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Ann R. Pappas - Howell, MI

“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...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Lark L. Samouelian - Howell, MI

“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...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Donna Archer - Bakersfield, CA

“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...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Rogers - Oswego, IL

“I was so blessed to have served with Hobart in the Dominican Republic for two years. My prayers are with Helen and her family. ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Abbie Samuel - Greensboro, NC

“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...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Fletcher & Nancy Spillman - NC

“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...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Fletcher & Nancy Spillman - NC

“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...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Paula Lambert - Kannapolis, NC

“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...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Susan Young - Concord, NC

“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...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Christine Belue - Landrum, SC

“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. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Chris & Debbie Martin - Ellenboro, NC

“Our prayers ares with you and the family! ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Bob, Shirley and Robbie Combs - NC

“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 ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Betty Ellenburg - Bostic, NC

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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.

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McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.