Mother Janie Gertrude Fields-RogersOctober 2, 1934 ~ July 19, 2021 (age 86)
Mother Janie Gertrude Fields-Rogers
Mother Janie Gertrude Fields Rogers was born in Gilbert La., on October 2, 1934, to the late Deacon Samuel Fields and the late Mother Ella Walker Fields. She was the eldest of 5 children. Janie was baptized at the early age of 12 at the New Macedonia Baptist Church by the late Reverend L.M. Major of Gilbert, La.
She graduated from Carroll High School, (which she fondly referred to as the Mighty Bulldogs) Class of 1953. She united in Holy Matrimony with the late Charlie L. Rogers (C.L.) on July 2, 1955. To this union, 5 children were born, and they soon became a U.S. Air Force military family, traveling and residing in several cities across the United States.
In 1970, Janie was led by the Holy Spirit to unite with Free Gift Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Late Reverend Dr. B.J. Washington of Monroe, La., and later served as the Head Mother Emeritus, of the Greater Free Gift Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Rodney McFarland, I, Pastor, until God called her home. Janie loved both her church home and her Bishop, and affectionately looked forward to her weekly Sunday sermons and song singing. Janie was employed with Glenwood Regional Medical Center until her retirement.
Between August 2020 and July 2021, Janie resided in Shreveport, La. Per her persistence, Janie returned to Monroe on July 17th and departed this life on July 19th in her home where she so desperately desired to be. In other words, Janie returned home in order to transition to her Heavenly Home (to be with her Lord). Though on earth she is no more, in our memories she will live forever and always remain in our hearts.
Preceding Janie in death is her husband of 40 years, C.L., and her precious eldest son, Frederick (Sonny) Fields. Because of Sonny’s heroic death while enlisted in the U.S. Army, Janie became a Gold Star Mom, an honor bestowed upon families of fallen soldiers. Also preceding Janie in death are her brothers, Andrew Fields and Anderson Fields, several beloved family members including a devoted uncle and aunt who were more like second parents, Frances Fields, (Aunt Sis), and Frederick Fields (Uncle Coot), and a special Goddaughter, Brenda Roe.
Janie has always had a very sincere place in her heart for her family, both far and near. Remembering Janie with unwavering love are her 5 children, Vivian D. Caldwell, Samuel Rogers, Sr., Kevin D. Rogers, Cheryl R. Olive (Richard), and Regina T. Davis (Stevens); 10 adored grandchildren, Vania Caldwell, Felicia Badger, Samuel Rogers, Jr. (LaVelle), James Earnest Turner, Jr., Tyesha Law, Ligeia Hill, Angela Holland (Patrick), Derika Toussaint, (Joshua), Tiaja Potter, and Kevin Handy; 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. Janie also leaves 2 loving sisters, Olivia F. Lavender, and Frances F. Brown, both of Winnsboro, Louisiana; 2 sisters-in-law, Betty Fields, and Beverly Slack; 1 brother-in-law, Robert Brown; 3 special Godsons, Irvy Bacy, Kenneth Blankenship, and Ezard Lewis, Sr.; 3 exceptional Goddaughters, Donecia Willis, Mary Saucer, and Mary Sewell, a host of super extraordinary nieces, nephews, and cousins, who she loved so dearly, along with her wonderful GFGMBC Family.