Doris Yarborough Rogers died peacefully on March 15, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center of complications from a massive cerebral stroke. Born Edna Doris Felder on August 19, 1920, in Parler, SC, Orangeburg County, she was the daughter of Beulah Dukes Felder and David Carlisle Felder, Sr. She was an honors graduate of Elloree High School and Columbia College (SC). Following graduation, she taught elementary school in Lamar, SC, where she met and married the first love of her life, Lt. Francis Aubry Yarborough, in June 1944. Following Frank’s U.S. Army military service during and after World War II, they settled in Wilmington, NC, where she remained a resident for life.
For a number of years she taught at Forest Hills and Winter Park Elementary Schools while raising three sons. She loved her students and was proud to see them become successful learners and citizens. She enjoyed her many friends, cooking, reading, writing, needlework and gardening; and her house was always decorated with fresh flowers from her yard. She was noted for her beautiful handwriting and personal notes written in flawless English, on notepaper she decorated with the color photographs she took of her flowers. Doris was a devout, life-long Christian. She greatly enjoyed her church work, first at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church and later at St. John’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild and the Vestry. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gama education honor society, the Cape Fear Country Club, the Hanover Seaside Club, and the Crazy Ladies luncheon group.
Following Frank’s death in October 1989, she met and married, in April 1991, the second love of her life, Lt. Col. Lynn Rogers (USAF, Ret.), who survives her. Lynn took her on a month-long honeymoon to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. Thereafter they split their time between Wilmington and Sanibel, FL, Lynn’s home. They took many more trips abroad as Lynn showed her the world he came to know as an Air Force B-47 bomber pilot. Their devotion to each other must certainly have contributed to their remarkable longevity.
Doris was also predeceased by her brother David Carlisle Felder, Jr., her sister Carolyn Felder Holcombe, her infant son Steven David Yarborough, twin brother to Michael, and her step-daughter Pat Rogers. She is survived by her husband, Lynn Rogers, her sister, Mary Felder Wooten Graves of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and her dearest friend, Mary Elizabeth Martin of Wilmington. Surviving children are Dr. Michael F. Yarborough and wife Sophia of Raleigh, NC; Stanley D. Yarborough and wife Leslie of Murrells Inlet, SC; Dr. Mark A. Yarborough and wife Robin of Asheville, NC, and Penny Rogers Camm of Burlington, VT. Surviving grandsons are Stanley D. Yarborough, Jr. (Donna), Jon F. Yarborough (Stephanie), Benjamin M. Yarborough, and P. Alan Yarborough, along with five great-grandchildren: Hampton, Libby Claire, Russell, Calhoun, and Harrison Yarborough. Surviving nephews are John Rutledge Holcombe of Euclid, OH, and Dr. Thomas D. Wooten, Jr. of John’s Island, SC.
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A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 18, 2015; and a visitation reception with the family and friends will follow the service in the church parish hall. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorials in Doris’s name may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.andrews mortuary.com