Billy James Rodgers entered into his heavenly home Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Mineral Wells at the age of 81 years. 

Funeral services were Sept. 23 at Bible Baptist Church in Jacksboro.

Billy was born May 5, 1932, to Emmett Alfred and Mary Alice (Simms) Rodgers. He married Joyce Smethers on June 26, 1952, in Weatherford.They were married 61 years. 

Bro. Billy, as he was known, pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Graham before moving to Jacksboro in 1966. There he founded and pastored Bible Baptist Church for 34 years until he turned the church to his grandson, B.J. Serving the Lord was his passion, but he worked as a rock mason until recently when he laid his trowel down for the last time as he finished his last project at Christian Missions Church in Jacksboro.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Connie Nunley; and a sister, Mary Sue Martin.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Joyce Rodgers; daughters, Vicki Tillery and husband James of Jacksboro and Pam Dodson and husband Ed of Perrin; sisters, Ann Roden and husband Jimmie of Weatherford and Thelma Jean Wasson and husband Glen of Angelton; brother, Emmett Rodgers and wife Jane of Poolville; five grandchildren, B. J. Nunley and wife Roberta, Angela Lowrance and husband Ace, Jace Tillery and wife Nina, Rebecca Berend and husband Quentin and Emily McKinney and husband Jake; and nine great-grandchildren, Caleb, Lathan, Ashlyn, Jaron, Brynlee, Braxton, Kylie Faith, Brystol, Brittany and Jayd.

Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Youth Group, 241 W Live Oak, Jacksboro, Texas 76458.