Saturday, June 2, 2012

John Anthony Rogers 1985-2004

John Anthony Rogers, son of Wheeler Cockrell and Debra L. (Davis) Storey, was born November 20, 1985 in the Pulaski County Memorial Hospital in Waynesville, Missouri. As a young boy, John accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized.

John was a senior at Waynesville High School. He was enjoying his senior year in school and anxiously looking towards his future. John was a member of the WHS football team and was involved in the Junior ROTC program. He enlisted in the United States Army just a few months ago. John was en route to fulfill his guard duty obligation at the time of his accident.

While in his spare time, John enjoyed working on his truck and helping his stepfather work on his 1965 Chevy. He enjoyed listening to music and also liked spending time with his favorite dog, Sundance.

John departed this life the morning of Sunday, February 8, 2004 at the age of 18 years, 2 months and 18 days in Osage County due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

John will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his mother and her companion: Debra Storey and George Valentin of Waynesville; his father: Wheeler Cockrell of Whitehall, Arkansas; one brother: James W. Bull and his wife Misty of Dixon; one step-sister: Mary O'Lizbeth Valentin of the home; two nephews: Justin and Ethan Bull of Dixon; his girlfriend: Kim Sawyer of St. Robert and several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister: Stacey Lynn Bull and maternal grandparents: Doris McGehee and Marion Davis.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 11, 2004 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Danny Graves and John Starzinski officiating. The songs "Missing You", "Angel", and "Freebird" were played. Serving as escorts were the United States Army from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Burial with military honors followed in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the United States Army, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

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