In memory of
James F. "Jim" Rogers
In memory of
James F. "Jim" Rogers
ROGERS, James F. "Jim" James F. "Jim" Rogers, an influencer and man of action in Dallas for the last 40 years, moved on to his next great adventure on Feb. 15, 2021. He was 73. Jim was born on June 9, 1947, in Big Spring, Texas. His two brothers were much older than him and had a big influence on his life, especially his middle brother, Morris. Morris taught Jim how to ride a bike and swim and was often a surrogate dad since their father worked for the T&P railroad and was frequently out of town. Jim graduated from Baylor University and worked briefly as a CPA before attending the University of Texas School of Law. He used his accounting and legal acumen in his business, Ameripro Industries, acquiring patents for his inventions. In addition, he rehabbed buildings, bought and sold property, and consulted in exporting products to Japan. Over the years, he was active in Clean East Dallas, Citizens Coalition for Planning, Citizens for Responsible Growth, Love Field Citizens Action Committee, Brother Bill's Helping Hand, Bryan Place Neighborhood Association, Deep Ellum Urban Garden, the Dallas Zoning Advisory Committee, Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board, and (his favorite) the Deep Ellum Community Association. He was a long-time member of Park Cities Baptist Church and taught a Single Adult Sunday School class for years. Jim's activism was fueled by his desire to make communities better and resolve issues, particularly for those less able to advocate for themselves. He was an interested participant in Dallas political affairs and was a candidate for the District 14 city council seat in 2013. Due to cancer, Jim's life was shorter than he had hoped it would be, but it was wide and full, with a vast range of experiences and personal accomplishments. His accomplishments were not necessarily those that brought fame or fortune (even though that would have been OK, too); they were things he wanted to do, particularly acquiring and converting the iconic Pearlstone Mill & Elevator Company property in Deep Ellum. The Pearlstone site was a functioning grain elevator and mill from the early 20th century until the 1950s. Jim converted the mill and administration building into a beautiful, functional space. He loved working and gardening on the property and considered Pearlstone his sanctuary. The word "visionary" fits both what he accomplished at Pearlstone as well as the plans he still wanted to complete. Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret Wright Rogers, and his nephew Jim Rogers and wife Nanciann, and many friends. When the pandemic is farther in the rearview mirror, Jim's life will be celebrated with a gathering where we can swap Jim stories. There will be many to share. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to the Deep Ellum Community Association. Make checks payable to the Deep Ellum Foundation, add "DECA-Jim Rogers" on the memo line, and mail to the Deep Ellum Foundation, P. O. Box 710596, Dallas, TX 75371.
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In memory of
James F. "Jim" Rogers
ROGERS, James F. "Jim" James F. "Jim" Rogers, an influencer and man of action in Dallas for the last 40 years, moved on to his next great adventure on Feb. 15, 2021. He was 73. Jim was born on June 9, 1947, in Big Spring, Texas. His two brothers were much older than him and had a big influence on his life, especially his middle brother, Morris. Morris taught Jim how to ride a bike and swim and was often a surrogate dad since their father worked for the T&P railroad and was frequently out of town. Jim graduated from Baylor University and worked briefly as a CPA before attending the University of Texas School of Law. He used his accounting and legal acumen in his business, Ameripro Industries, acquiring patents for his inventions. In addition, he rehabbed buildings, bought and sold property, and consulted in exporting products to Japan. Over the years, he was active in Clean East Dallas, Citizens Coalition for Planning, Citizens for Responsible Growth, Love Field Citizens Action Committee, Brother Bill's Helping Hand, Bryan Place Neighborhood Association, Deep Ellum Urban Garden, the Dallas Zoning Advisory Committee, Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board, and (his favorite) the Deep Ellum Community Association. He was a long-time member of Park Cities Baptist Church and taught a Single Adult Sunday School class for years. Jim's activism was fueled by his desire to make communities better and resolve issues, particularly for those less able to advocate for themselves. He was an interested participant in Dallas political affairs and was a candidate for the District 14 city council seat in 2013. Due to cancer, Jim's life was shorter than he had hoped it would be, but it was wide and full, with a vast range of experiences and personal accomplishments. His accomplishments were not necessarily those that brought fame or fortune (even though that would have been OK, too); they were things he wanted to do, particularly acquiring and converting the iconic Pearlstone Mill & Elevator Company property in Deep Ellum. The Pearlstone site was a functioning grain elevator and mill from the early 20th century until the 1950s. Jim converted the mill and administration building into a beautiful, functional space. He loved working and gardening on the property and considered Pearlstone his sanctuary. The word "visionary" fits both what he accomplished at Pearlstone as well as the plans he still wanted to complete. Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret Wright Rogers, and his nephew Jim Rogers and wife Nanciann, and many friends. When the pandemic is farther in the rearview mirror, Jim's life will be celebrated with a gathering where we can swap Jim stories. There will be many to share. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to the Deep Ellum Community Association. Make checks payable to the Deep Ellum Foundation, add "DECA-Jim Rogers" on the memo line, and mail to the Deep Ellum Foundation, P. O. Box 710596, Dallas, TX 75371.
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