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Monroe Eugene Gene Hall
November 22, 1931 - August 11, 1995

R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Belfry Kentucky

R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Belfry KY

Monroe Eugene Hall
Gene Hall
Owner / Funeral Director
R. E. Rogers Funeral Home
Belfry Funeral Home
Belfry, Kentucky

Telephone 606-353-7212

Monroe Hall was born on November 22 1931. Monroe lived in USA.

Monroe passed away on August 11 1995, at age 63. Russell E. Rogers and his wife Blanche along with daughters Joyce, JoAnn, and Judy migrated to the Pond Creek area in 1951. Russell, a licensed undertaker and funeral director, envisioned opening a funeral home in the coal dominated community located in the rugged Appalachian foothills of Pike County, Kentucky.

In 1951, area residents of the tradition steeped isolated Appalachian communities saw no need for the funeral business in the tradition steeped area. People during that time took care of their own after their departure from life. They bathed them. They dressed them. It was unheard of to have anyone other than family touch the body. It was also custom to hold a wake at the home of the deceased. The funeral business broke with all tradition and people could not imagine having a strange touch their loved one or leaving them in a strange place over night.

R. E. Rogers Funeral Home was founded by Russell E. Rogers. Russell went into business with Sally Baker, opening Belfry Funeral Home in 1951. During their first year in business, they had four death calls. After the bleak first year in the funeral business, Sally saw no future in the business, selling her part to Russell in 1953.

When we started the business, we thought we were going to starve to death. It was a hard business to break into, recalled Joyce Hall in the 1998 Williamson Daily News article GENERATIONS Joyce passed away in July 1999.

Though the family struggled, Russell persevered and the once shunned business grew into one of the most successful businesses in the area. Russell brought his son-in-law, MONROE GENE HALL, into the business in the 1960s.

Gene, a native of Virgie, Kentucky, married Blanche and Russells eldest daughter, Joyce, in 1952 while the funeral home was still in its infancy. After working for the state highway department and Appalachian Power Company, Gene, opted to join his wifes family business. After serving a two-year apprenticeship under the tutelage Russell, Gene furthered his education in the art of embalming graduating from embalming school in Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.

Russell change the name from Belfry Funeral Home to R.E. Rogers Funeral Home in 1962.

Russell and Gene, along with their families, worked side-by-side until 1972 when Gene and Joyce purchased R. E. Rogers Funeral Home from Russell.

Gene and Joyce raised three children, Connie, Michael, and Rusty, in the funeral business, all of whom carry on the tradition to day. Gene ran Rogers Funeral Home from 1972 until his passing in 1995.

Connie, owner, office manager, and licensed funeral director, has worked at the funeral home since graduating from Belfry High School. Connies husband, Jimmy Caines, is also a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He served his apprenticeship under Gene as well as graduated from embalming school in Louisville. Michael, owner, licensed embalmer, and licensed funeral director, followed in his grandfather and fathers footsteps. After graduating from Belfry High School in 1973, Michael attended embalming school in Louisville, Kentucky and then served a two-year apprenticeship under his father before receiving his embalming license in 1976.

Rusty, owner attended Belfry High School. Upon graduation, he attended Pikeville College in Pikeville, Kentucky where he graduated cum laude with a degree in mining. When the mining industry began its slow decline and jobs became scarce, Rusty enrolled at Marshall University. There, he received an accounting degree that he uses in the everyday operations of the business. The extending Rogers Funeral Home family includes Margaret May, licensed funeral director, and Larry Justice.

For 55 years, Rogers Funeral Home has provided Belfry, Pond Creek and the surrounding area with quality family service.

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