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August 23, 2023
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Etta Mae was born June 17, 1939, to Dollie Smith and Genie Womack.
Etta Mae was baptized at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at age 7. She was an usher and later became a member of the Eastern Star.
She married the late Wizee “Buddie” Rogers, Sr. and moved to the Mt. Zion Community where she lived for the rest of her life. She leaves to cherish her memory: a son, Victor, of Atlanta, Georgia; a daughter, Brittney, of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter, Mary Jane Boyd (Ronald), of Lithia Springs, Georgia; a daughter, Shirley Dianne DuBose (Gerald), of Hope Hull, Alabama; a son, Phillip Carl Rogers (Faye), of Greenville, Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and her brother, Jim Heard Jr.
As a young woman she worked as a domestic for families in Greenville. She later worked in the dietary department of Stabler Memorial Hospital for many years before retiring from Allied Manufacturing.
Etta Mae was a country girl who loved being outdoors and living in “these woods” as she described her home. She enjoyed fishing, and hunting squirrels and rabbits, often with the late Mrs. Pearlie Bennett, a dear friend who taught her how to do both. She was an avid gardener, growing collards, turnips, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, okra, butterbeans, peas, and corn. In her back yard, she tended to fig trees, apricot trees, and muscadine vines. Her green thumb extended to growing flowers and shrubs, including azaleas and wisteria.
She loved cooking and sharing her culinary creations with others. On summer weekends she enjoyed cooking seafood outside, with fish, shrimp, oysters, and scallops often on the menu. She was known for her sweet potato pie, egg pie, chicken and rice, giblet gravy, and fried chicken.
Etta Mae departed this life on August 23, 2023, in the comfort of her home.