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2013-01-24

Clyde 'Harvey' Rogers

1926-2013



Clyde "Harvey" Rogers, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 19, in Floresville. He was born in Valentine on May 29, 1926 to Charlie and Effie Rogers of Sanderson.
Harvey was educated in the Sanderson public schools and entered the United States Army shortly after graduation. During World War II, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. As a member of the Army Military Band, he hooked up with his friend and soon-to-be country radio star, Charlie Walker. Harvey played upright bass for Walker and his Texas Ramblers, and they had the first country and western radio program in Tokyo, Japan, during WWII.
Harvey returned to the States, married Ernestine Barnett of Valentine, began working for the Southern Pacific Railroad and relocated to Uvalde.
Music was always his passion, having been self-taught on the fiddle at the age of six and playing with his parents.
The couple opened Harvey's Restaurant, which Ernestine ran for many years. He decorated the walls with charcoal pastel murals, watched for hours by family and friends.
An airplane pilot, Harvey headed up the Civil Air Patrol in Dryden. He loved to hunt for Indian arrowheads and flew around the area until he found a cave with a rock mound in front of it. Harvey could land his plane just about anywhere. He would go in and excavate arrowheads by digging and sifting dirt through a screen.
Harvey was a wonderful artist in leatherwork, making many beautiful saddles, belts, purses, wallets and gun holsters.
He also drew sepia charcoal pictures of the Sanderson landscapes that included old ranch houses, windmills and livestock. He created almost 200 pictures, as well as many of the frames, which he made from wood from the old Rogers' house where his grandparents lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Harvey married Ethel Riley in the early 1970s.
He continued playing and recording music and recording, hosting jam sessions in his music barn with railroaders and friends. An accomplished pedal steel player, Harvey accompanied other musicians. He had equipment for recording and overdubbing tracks - which in those days amazed everyone.
After retiring from the Southern Pacific Railroad with 40 years of service, Harvey relocated to Bandera. During retirement, he continued to play and record music, took up golfing and enjoyed riding his motorcycle.
Harvey loved his Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel music he recorded with his friends proclaimed his faith and his music celebrated the relationship he had with the Lord.
Harvey eventually moved to Floresville for the heath care, living the rest of his life at the Frank M. Tejeda Veterans Home.
Survivors include daughter Vickey Lynn Wright and her husband, Bob, of Marfa; son Condie Joe Rogers and his wife, Therese of Corpus Christi; stepdaughter Lana Black and her husband, Gene, of Bandera.
"Poppy" was also blessed with 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandsons.
Harvey was predeceased by his parents, Effie and Charlie; wife Ethel; daughter, Sandra Kay Wright; and brother, Charles Rogers Jr.
Burial Services will be privately held at Grimes Funeral Home in Bandera.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.