GLENPOOL, Okla. - Roy was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, following a long illness.
He was 70 years old.
Herbert Roy Rogers Jr. was born on May 15, 1947, in Sumter, to Herbert Roy Rogers Sr. and Louise Simpson Rogers. He graduated from Edmunds High School in 1965. He attended Emmanuel Bible College in Georgia and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. He received his bachelor's degree in music from Louisiana State University. He earned a master's degree in music from the University of Tulsa. He traveled extensively as a soloist and goodwill entertainer while in the U.S. Army, singing for many American and foreign dignitaries. He also traveled with the Living Sound, an international music ministry at Oral Roberts University. He was a soloist at the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association crusades and also served as music director at Christian Chapel in Tulsa.
Roy became a member of the Jeffers family when he joined the cast of Discoveryland!'s "OKLAHOMA!" in 1986, serving as master of ceremonies and production stage manager for 15 years. He also portrayed the role of the surly hired hand, Jud Fry. He traveled across the U.S. as a member of Discoveryland!'s international travel show, performing two to three times daily representing the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department to promote tourism and travel to Oklahoma. He was also a member of a vocal performance group called "Sons of Oklahoma," opening for Anita Bryant at the Anita Bryant Theatre in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Louise Rogers.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; stepdaughter, Melanie Cummisky and husband, Butch, of Bixby, and their sons, Quinn and Calvin Cummisky; stepdaughter, Amber Niemann and husband, Andy, of Tulsa, and their son, Beckham Niemann; stepson, Beau Beckham and wife, Lindsay, of Oklahoma City, and their daughter, Jasmine Beckham; three brothers, Phil Rogers and wife, Janet, of Florence, Terry Rogers and wife, Linda, of Sumter and Eddie Rogers of Sumter; two sisters, Jennie Jackson and husband, Mike, of Greensboro, Georgia, and Wendi Foster and husband, Pete, of Greensboro; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Roy will always be remembered lovingly for his beautiful baritone voice.
A private family memorial service will be held in Sumter with interment following.
Arrangements entrusted to Schaudt's Funeral Service and Cremation Care Centers, 719 E. 141st St., Glenpool, OK 74033.
Family and friends may send condolences to the family online at www.schaudtfuneralservice.com.