February 9, 1937 – May 6, 2020
Russell M. “ Russ” Rodgers of Recovery, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at age 83.
He was born on February 9, 1937 in Red Level, Alabama, the first of three children of loving parents Harvey and Amy Rodgers. Russell grew up in Chattahoochee, Florida and attended Chattahoochee High School with sisters Alma and Lucretia.
Ever the outdoorsman like his father, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and scouting as a boy and attained Eagle Scout status. As a young man, he worked on the construction of the Jim Woodruff Dam. After graduating from Florida State University with a master’s degree in business administration, he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Duke.
Their first son, Rusty, was born in 1960. In 1962, brother Robin came along, and in 1970, Ryan. The family was active in the tight-knit community of Chattahoochee and were members of the First Presbyterian Church. Russell was employed by the State of Florida Health and Rehabilitative Services and rose to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.
In the late 1980s, Russ and Jan built a log home in Recovery, Georgia and moved to Lake Seminole. They were active in their new community and Faceville Baptist Church, where Russell served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and for a time, pastor. He enjoyed fishing on the lake, playing guitar with his sons and friends, and living in “paradise” with his wife of nearly 61 years.
Russell is preceded in death by his two sisters, Alma Suchman and Lucretia Young, and eldest son, Russell Alan “Rusty” Rodgers. He is survived by his wife, Janice Rodgers; son Robin Rodgers (and wife LeeAnn); son Ryan Rodgers (and wife Megan); daughter- in-law Tracy Rodgers; grandchildren Lindsey Wohlfrom, Kyle Rodgers, Nolan Rodgers, Camille Rodgers, Amber Walden, Caitlyn Rodgers; and great-grandchildren, Eli Rodgers and Aislyn Ringe.
The family will gather to celebrate Russell’s life at a memorial service to be held at a later date.