Mary Lou Rogers
Mary Lou Law Rogers was born on January 14, 1939, to Lester and Vergie Doss Law, their third child after Elsie and Norman. Mary Lou grew up on the home place at Oak Knob in Macon County.
Lester was a blacksmith and Vergie a homemaker. She grew up simply in the country. A time, when you milked the cows, fed the chickens and killed the hogs. Family was very important. She was born late in life to Lester and Vergie. In fact, so late that her sister Elsie already had two children Anna Dean and Irene and was pregnant with Junior when she was born. Nina, Raybon and Shirley followed. The relationships they had were more like siblings than Aunt to nieces and nephews. Mary Lou had a very special relationship with Anna Dean. She would talk often about stories involving their childhood. Their relationship continued to be a very strong until Anna Dean’s passing in October of 2008. Mary Lou went to work in a local restaurant when she was fairly young. She always referred to it as “Grandpas”. One day she met Sam Rogers from Morrison, Tennessee, who was working construction and just passing through. They were married on August 1, 1958. They moved to Morrison and made their home there for approximately two years. They then relocated back to Lafayette where they both spent the remainder of their lives. Sam had three sons from a previous marriage Vic, Greg and Robert. Together they had five children from 1959 to 1975. Gail, Darlene, (also known as Brenda and Kathy) Mark, Penny and Kem.
Mary Lou was a homemaker for the majority of this time. Mary Lou was an avid reader. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and especially a board game called Aggravation. Mary Lou loved photographs and at one time her entire walls from ceiling to floor contained photos of everyone on her and Sam’s side of the family. She enjoyed writing and having pen pals which coupled with her love of genealogy. There are countless notebooks in her home where she documented people’s births, marriages and deaths. Not just her family either, everyone who lived in Macon County. Mary Lou went back to work after all the kids were grown. She worked at the Hardee’s here in Lafayette. Mary Lou was renowned as the Biscuit Maker. She would get up as early as 3AM to get there and start making the biscuits. She formed many friendships with her co-workers. Mary Lou only retired when she became physically unable to continue working, always missing the social connection it brought to her. Mary Lou had numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She loved them all and was always excited to have them visit with her or just to call. Mary Lou loved Christmas time and the one day a year when everyone would gather with her to celebrate. Mary Lou passed from this life on Monday, May 1, 2023, at the age of eighty-four years, three months, and eighteen days. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.
Funeral services for Ms. Mary Lou Law Rogers were conducted on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from The Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Gene Carman III officiating. Interment followed in The Macon County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were, Ben Morgan, Chris Bazell, Randy Hunter, Jonas Barton, Michael Scruggs III, Eric Schanel, and Kenny Morgan. Honorary Pallbearers were Keshia Morgan and Kemberely Rogers. Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements, 615-666-2189.