James “Jimmie” Robert Rodgers passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, at his residence. Jimmie was born in Frankfort on April 4, 1942, to the late Robert Lee Rodgers and Alice Triplett Rodgers. He was a graduate of Frankfort High School and served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1963.
Jimmie followed in his father’s footsteps and became a carpenter. He spent his entire working career in the construction field. His first major construction project was the Capital Plaza Office Building and his last and largest projects were the University of Kentucky football stadium, Rupp Arena and Kincaid Towers in Lexington.
Upon leaving the major construction scene he went to work at Schenley Distillery in the carpentry shop. There he was a third generation carpenter, preceded by his father Bob and his grandfather, Jim Rodgers. Jimmie ended his career as a Franklin County Building Inspector retiring in 2006.
His favorite hobby was golf and his golfing buddies were treasured friends.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory “his girls” — daughter, Lisa Rodgers Parris, sister-in-law Diann (Doug) McDaniel, “adopted” sister, Ruth Manley; his pride and joy granddaughters, Bailey Lee Parris and Danielle Nicole Parris, a special sister who is responsible for spoiling him rotten from day one, Alice Ruth (Leon) McDonald, three extra special nieces and a nephew, Michelle, Dani, Taylor and Michael Ragland.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years Linda Thurman Rodgers; a brother, William Keith Rodgers, Sr.; and son-in-law, Danny Eugene Parris.
Visitation will be held Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at LeCompte Johnson Taylor Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 21903, Lexington, KY 40522 or the American Heart Association, 210 Malabu Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.