By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times
MATHISTON — Family and friends dedicated a bench in memory of the late Mike Rogers on July 17 at the town park here behind the Mathiston Public Library.
Rogers, 49, was killed after a tree fell on his house on Ticky Bend Road on April 11, 2011, after a tornado came through. He was Webster County’s only storm-related fatality that day.
An engraved plate affixed to the bench reads, “In memory of Mike Rogers and tornado victims of 2011.”
Family members said the bench faces the playground equipment because Rogers loved young people and “can watch kids play.” He taught RAs at Lollars Grove Baptist Church and coached youth league ball teams for years.
Niece Connie Dewberry raised money for the project through the sale of T-shirts with designs in memory of Rogers. The family thanked the town of Mathiston for allowing the bench to be placed in the park and all those who supported the project.
Also attending and giving remarks were Mayor Pro Tem Lavelle McAlpin, District 4 Supervisor Paul Crowley and Chancery Clerk Russ Turner.