One hundred and one years ago, Mr. Charles P. Rogers, Sr. founded Rogers Funeral Service. In those days, furniture makers provided coffins because commercial coffin manufacturers did not exist. Mr. Rogers actually started the funeral home from the old Lee Furniture Company on Chatham Street in 1913.
As time progressed, Mr. Rogers started an ambulance service out of the funeral home to assist the needs of a growing town of Sanford. Our hospitals in early days were not equipped to provide services of an ambulance. Mr. Rogers started an ambulance service within the funeral home to serve our community. Charles Rogers became ill during WWII, and his son, Charles P. “Charlie” Rogers, Jr., who was serving his country in the war, was summoned back to take over his ailing father’s business. Our founder, Charles P. Rogers, Sr. passed away in 1947.
Charlie Jr. then ran the funeral home until his death in 1972. Following his death, a longtime funeral home employee, William T. “Tommy” Pickard, acquired ownership of the funeral home. Fifty-eight years later, Tommy passed away. Today, his son, W.T. “William” Pickard, Jr. is the fourth generation owner.
Today, we are proud that we are still that same privately owned, family business. We are in our 4 th location since the funeral home was formed. Still carrying on the tradition of providing high quality and affordable services to fit the needs of those we serve.
Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home, Inc. has 101 years experience in providing personal and meaningful final tributes, one family at a time.