W.N. “Norvell” Rodgers, 84, of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at his home.

W.N. “Norvell” Rodgers, 84, of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at his home.

He was born May 9, 1932, to Homer and Leona (Allison) Rodgers in Alex, Oklahoma.

Norvell was raised in Alex and attended Alex Public Schools.

While proudly serving his country in the U.S. Navy and stationed in California, he began corresponding with an 18 year old girl, Wilma “Jean” Jeffcoat from back home, who would later become his wife. They were married on Sept. 14, 1952, at the preacher’s house in Alex, Oklahoma. While in the Navy, Norvell served as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS Pine Island AV12. Norvell and Jean started their family in California and moved to Tecumseh in 1958, then back to Alex. In 1961, they returned to Tecumseh where they lived until 1994 when they both retired. They then moved to Porum Landing at Lake Eufaula and lived there until moving back to Tecumseh in 2015.

Norvell was a truck driver for Leeway Trucking until going to work in security at COJTC until his retirement.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW. He enjoyed bluegrass music and country gospel. Norvell loved to fish, especially trolling for sand bass. He also enjoyed going to rodeos and participating in the activities around livestock shows.

He was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Leona Rodgers; two brothers, Warren and Ray Rodgers; two sisters, Oleta Matheson and Bobbie Wright Robinson.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 64 years, Jean Rodgers of the home; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Jerry D. and Sheila Rodgers of Quinton, Oklahoma, and Craig and Terry Rodgers of Tecumseh; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Nic Anderson, Jennifer and Jeff Patton, Jerome and Amy Rodgers, Corey and Natasha Rodgers; 17 great-grandchildren and one on the way; two great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Hershall and Ruby Rodgers of Cypress, California; and many friends and extended family.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19; from 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, and continue through service time. Family gathering to meet with friends and family will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, at Sharon Baptist Church with Reverend Clint Dawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Pink under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.