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JOSEPH ELMER ROGERS, 83, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Huntington, with Rev. Eric Porterfield officiating. Burial will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park. The family will receive friends after 11 a.m. He was born October 29, 1936, the son of the late Herbert and Eva Young Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jenny Wetzel, and a daughter-in-law, Connie Lynn Rogers. Joe was the founder and owner of Mutual Wholesalers Inc. He was a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and a 37-year member of the Big Green Club. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann Rogers; children, Joseph Len Rogers of Huntington, Todd (Shonda) Rogers of Santa Rosa, Fla., Sara Beth (David) Hagley of Newnan, Ga., and Cynthia Rogers of Huntington; grandchildren, Joseph Rogers, Kristina Peyton, Karly, Tyson and Ian Rogers, Hannah, Sydney and Ray Hagley; four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Edward (Diana) Canterbury of Huntington; special friends, Joe and Karen McDonie and Reggie Giles; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and co-workers. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Big Green Foundation, P.O. Box 1360, Huntington, WV 25715, or Nicaragua Education Shelter and Health Fund Inc. (N.E.S.H.), P.O. Box 731, Barboursville, WV 25504. Online memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Masks will be required at the church due to COVID-19 restrictions. Online streaming of the service can be viewed at or Beard Mortuary is assisting the family.

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