Long time Nolan County resident, Naurvelle Evans Rogers, at 96 years, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Sweetwater. Services are set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at McCoy Chapel with Larry Fluitt officiating. Burial will follow in Sweetwater Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at McCoy Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Gerald, Kendell Cleckler, Jerry Riggs, Bill Stroman, Ronnie Rainey, Dr. Robert Martin, Chad Cleckler and Lance Evans.
Naurvelle was born Nov. 10, 1915 to Willis and Callie Mae (Frazier) Evans in Cottle County east of Paducah, TX. The Evans in 1923 moved near Sweetwater where Naurvelle attended the first grade at Gannon. The next year the family moved into Sweetwater where Naurvelle attended East Ward excelling in sports especially baseball. A move in 1928 to Gyp Site still enabled Naurvelle to continue her education in Sweetwater at Reagan Junior High and Newman High, graduating in 1933—a class of notoriety with Sammy Baugh. In 1932 Naurvelle met Mondel Rogers, Sr. at a Halloween party. They were married on April 7, 1934, in Abilene. After living in the Plum Creek Community, they bought a farm near Bitter Creek south of Lake Sweetwater in 1934 where Naurvelle continued to live for most of the rest of her life. Two children were born to Rogers, a daughter, Gerry, and a son, Mondel, Jr. The Rogers were active in the 4th and Elm Church of Christ and later members of the 800 Lamar Street Church. Besides farming, Mondel, Sr. became the Sweetwater School Tax Assessor-Collector from 1952 until his death in 1961. Naurvelle was a busy house wife and mother active in gardening, canning, sewing and with community work such as school, PTA, 4-H Club, Home Demonstration, and often in the fall a Judge at the West Texas Fair in Abilene. Ever so busy, she still found time for golf and fishing. Though not a hunter, she enjoyed shooting, usually setting up tin cans on an embankment west of the back yard. She once shot a little snake out of a tree with a .22 derringer. Starting in 1957 Naurvelle was secretary at Reagan Junior High. In 1961 after the death of her husband, she entered a political race of five candidates for Nolan County Treasurer. She won and never had an opponent for the next 24 years of her service as Treasurer having six terms until retirement in 1986. Rogers was certified as a Treasurer by schooling at Texas A&M University and with taking night classes in accounting at Hardin Simmons. She was a member of the State Association of County Treasurers, having served the organization as its treasurer. After retirement, she continued in stock farming and active in community service. Mrs. Rogers was instrumental in forming the Bitter Creek Water Supply Corporation being its organizing secretary. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization serving in various duties and offices, a member on the Jones Memorial Nursery Board, Women’s Federation of Clubs, Home Demonstration Clubs, the Highland Garden Club, the Book Review Club and others. After living alone independently since retirement, the last four years have required Naurvelle to need assisted living care due to a fall. Even being wheel chair bound, she could still out bowl other residents. Her high scores were intimidating to some men participants.
Naurvelle Rogers is survived by a daughter, Gerry Flewharty of Dallas; a son, Mondel Rogers, Jr. of Sweetwater; one granddaughter, Cheryl Flewharty of Dallas; one sister-in-law, Mildred Evans of Pecos, TX; and several nieces and nephews, including Mondelene Cleckler of Sweetwater.
Naurvelle was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters; Fern Windham and Florene Pressly; two brothers, Roy Evans and Wayland Evans; a sister-in-law, Vaudaline Rogers Thomas; and a son-in-law, Louis Flewharty.
Naurvelle will be greatly missed by her children and many friends. Sincere thanks to God for the long serving and loving full life of Naurvelle. We will miss you.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com .