James Neirman Rogers
James Neirman Rogers
  • January 6, 1919 - January 3, 2018
  • Pearl, Mississippi

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James Neirman “Nimon” Rogers passed away peacefully at his home of almost sixty years, three days prior to his 99th birthday.

He was born on January 6, 1919 at his parents’ home on S. Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. He was the third of eight children. He was named for his “Uncle Buck” Neirman Ballard, but his younger adoring siblings could not pronounce Neirman so they called him “Nimon” and the name stayed with him for life. Nimon was a 5th generation Rankin Countian on the Rogers’ side. His parents were Ellen Viola Collins Rogers and Ernest Lazarus Rogers. He grew up attending Catholic schools, Cathedral in Natchez and Saint Joseph in Jackson. He served as an altar boy at Saint Mary’s Basilica in Natchez and at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Jackson.

He was a successful businessman, having owned and operated Rogers Package Store in Jackson for many years.

Nimon loved nature and spent a great deal of his time outdoors, working on his ten acres in Pearl. He grew camellias, azaleas, coleus and other beautiful flowers and plants. He enjoyed watching the deer on his property and really loved the hummingbirds that came to visit.

Mr. Rogers was the eldest parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Church in Pearl for over 50 years. He was loyal to his church and he faithfully visited his younger sister, “Ernie”, every Sunday after he attended mass.

Nimon and Phyllis loved to travel and over the years have visited 48 states of the United States and Canada.

He was a member of the greatest generation, serving four years in the United States Army and was in the Burma, India Theater during World War II.

He was an avid golfer and he played frequently at the former “NIKNAR” Country Club and Bay Pointe Country Club. He enjoyed making golfing trips to the Gulf Coast with his buddies. He was a sports enthusiast, always keeping up, and was a wealth of information regarding local high school, university and professional sports teams. He remembered enough sports trivia, including current sports news to write a book.

Nimon was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Byrdie Marie Hydrick, his sisters, Mildred Rose Eiland, Maggie Elizabeth Morgan, and Rosanna Rogers and brother Collis Joseph Rogers. He leaves his loving wife of 28 years, Phyllis Williams Rogers and children, Kenneth M. Goodrum (Pat) and Tonya Lynn Harris, grandchildren, Peyton Young, Sloane Young, Dustin Goodrum, and Aaron Jolly, as well as 6 great grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Mary Ernestine Murray, brothers Lazarus Matthew Rogers, and Nolan Ray Rogers, his nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces, Robert Praytor, Michael Praytor, Ellen Gilbert Russell, Sherry Rogers Downs, Pam Rogers, and Kim Rogers Wendland.

Visitation for Nimon will be held Friday, January 5, 2018 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Pearl from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, with the funeral mass following at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice.