William Nelson “Billy” Rogers

William Nelson “Billy” Rogers, 72, of Middletown, Virginia was promoted to glory on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Heritage Hall in Front Royal, Virginia.

A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Stephens City, Virginia at 11 A.M., with Pastor Mike Mayton officiating. A procession to Reliance Cemetery will follow. A visitation will take place the evening before on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia, from 7 to 9 P.M.

Billy was born on April 9, 1947 to the late William and Alice Bastain Rogers in Alexandria, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his sister Bernice Schurtz and her husband Pat.

Billy was a longtime member of Reliance United Methodist Church, where he was a charter member of the United Methodist Men and served as head usher for many years. He later attended Macedonia United Methodist Church.
Billy often worked as a ‘right hand man.’ He helped family and neighbors with animal care, hay making, gardening, delivering eggs, building projects, mowing grass and anything that needed to be done at church. Billy served his community and beyond, participating in church mission work, gleaning, hurricane relief, and more.

Billy loved his days of fishing and crabbing on Nanjemoy Creek, and his vacations to Shenandoah Acres. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, corn hole, country & gospel music, his favorite television programs and just about any dessert.

Those who were fortunate enough to meet Billy were instantly touched by his kind spirit. Billy was a friend to everyone he met, and his signature smile and laugh lit up every room. Billy’s life was not without challenges, but he faced all of them with a positive attitude and plenty of faith and determination.

Survivors include his nephews, Charlie Schurtz, Bernard Schurtz (Nettie) and Steven Schurtz; his great- nieces and nephews, Sara Lewis (Devon), Kevin Schurtz, Rachel Kindall (Cord), Andy Schurtz (Casey) and Ben Schurtz (Rosa); and his great-great- nieces and nephews, Noah Schurtz, Alex Schurtz, Grace Lewis and Nathaniel Kindall.

Pallbearers will be Andy Schurtz, Ben Schurtz, Cord Kindall, Devon Lewis, Aaron Kerns and Scott Garber.

Honorary Pallbearers are Joe Carper, Fred Rathel, Ralph Powell, Bob Peffer, Darwin McAfee and Tommy Trump.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Heart Havens, 3050 Saratoga Dr., Winchester, VA 22601, or WATTS, P.O. Box 2936, Winchester, VA 22604.

Billy’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the entire staff of Heritage Hall, for the care & kindness they showed Billy over the past few months.

Billy was one-of-a-kind, and we feel incredibly blessed to have called him our uncle. We’ll catch ya on the flip, Bill.

  4 comments for “William Nelson “Billy” Rogers

  1. Jill Schurtz-Matchett
    October 7, 2019 at 12:54 am

    So saddened to hear of the loss of Billy. However, we praise God as Heaven earned another angel. Billy was loved by all who knew him and will be terribly missed.

  2. Peggy Lewis
    October 8, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I am so sorry. My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

  3. Darwin McAfee
    October 8, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Billy’s individual presence or participation in any collective gathering, with his contagious smile, always provided a golden ray of Sunshine to those present. He was indeed a special friend and devoted Brother in Christ!!

  4. Lou Ann Thompson
    October 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Billy – I loved him like a brother. His heart was golden. We spent many days, jumping out of the hay loft, going sledding, Bible School each summer,Youth Fellowship Friday nights, Christmas caroling – the memories growing up with Billy are numerous. He ALWAYS smiled and had good things to say to everyone. That’s how I remember Billy Rogers. He touched my heart and made me a better person.

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