A memorial service for Billy Charles Rogers will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church in Gatesville.
Mr. Rogers died Sept. 23, 2012, in Killeen. He was born in 1936 in Lubbock County, to Lester and Lola Rogers. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1958. He moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to study at the prestigious Art Center College of Design. He attained his master’s in art from California State University, Northridge in 1977 and a master’s in marriage family and child counseling in 1979.
After many years in California working as a graphic design artist, he moved back to Texas in 1999 to care for his aging mother, Lola Rogers, before she passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.
During his retirement, he became aware of injustices in the Texas prison system and his life took on a focus to serve people who were incarcerated. He worked to give hope to prisoners as well as to bring light to a system he saw as ungodly. He gave much of his time and money to providing personal assistance to prisoners and lived with one goal: to serve the Lord by serving prisoners. He would often note Jesus asked us to care for prisoners as if they were Jesus (Matthew 25:36). He passionately championed the cause of prisoner rights in Texas and will be missed by many still in prison whom he visited and to whom he wrote on a regular basis.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Rogers; his brother, Bob Rogers; his daughter, Loren Acuna; two granddaughters, Alison and Christina Acuna.