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Clyde ‘Harvey’ Rogers

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Clyde “Harvey” Rogers died Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, at the age of 86. Harvey was born in Valentine, Texas, on May 29, 1926, to Charlie and Effie Rogers of Sanderson. Harvey was educated in the Sanderson public schools and went into the U.S. Army shortly after graduation. During World War II, he was separated from his group and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was in the Army Military Band and hooked up with his friend and soon-to-be country radio star, Charlie Walker. Harvey played upright bass for Charlie Walker and his “Texas Ramblers,” and they had the first country and western radio program in Tokyo, Japan, during World War II.

Harvey returned to the United States and married Ernestine Barnett of Valentine. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and relocated to Uvalde. While in Uvalde, they welcomed their first-born Vickey Lynn in 1949. Harvey played and sang country and western songs on the radio in Uvalde. Music was always his passion. He was transferred to Alpine for a short time, then on to Valentine, where they were blessed with two more children, Sandra Kay in 1950 and Condie Joe in 1956, both born in Marfa. He transferred back to Sanderson and continued working for the railroad as a clerk. They opened up Harvey’s Restaurant, and Ernestine ran it for many years. Harvey was an airplane pilot and headed up the Civil Air Patrol in Dryden. He loved to hunt for Indian arrowheads and would fly around the area until he found a cave with a rock mound in front of it. He would go in and excavate arrowheads by digging and sifting dirt through a screen. Harvey could land his plane just about anywhere he wanted to put it down.

He was self-taught on fiddle at the age of 6, and would play music with his mom and dad. Over the years, Harvey played dances with various bands in the area and could play just about any instrument, as well as having a wonderfully unique singing voice. Harvey was a wonderful artist in many ways, and could accomplish about any task he felt motivated to take on. He loved doing leather work, and he handmade many beautiful saddles, belts, purses, wallets, and gun holsters throughout his life. In the early ’60s, while Harvey’s Restaurant was open, he drew charcoal pastel murals on the walls of the restaurant for all to enjoy. The murals were of a stagecoach robbery, a locomotive steam engine rolling down the tracks, with century plant cactus and Indians. He would stay up late drawing, blending the charcoal with his fingers, until his fingertips were raw. Many an hour was spent by family and friends watching him create his art.

Harvey later remarried in the early ’70s to Ethel Riley, who had one daughter named Lana. He continued playing music and recording every chance he got. He would have jam sessions in his music barn with railroaders and friends, as they would come through town. He was an accomplished pedal steel player and loved accompanying other musicians with his talents. He had equipment for recording and overdubbing tracks, which in those days amazed everyone. Harvey started drawing sepia charcoal pictures of the Sanderson landscapes with old ranch houses, windmills, and livestock on them. He created close to 200 pictures, and made many of the frames. The frames were made of wood from the old Rogers house where his grandparents lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He and his brother Charles Jr. were raised in the old house, as well as their father. Many of his drawings are still loved and enjoyed today by family and friends.

Harvey retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad with 40 years of service. He then relocated to Bandera. He enjoyed his retirement by playing and recording music, golfing, and riding his motorcycle around the Hill Country. He loved to go and play music for the nursing home in Bandera. Harvey was a reborn Christian and loved his Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God. The Gospel music he recorded with his friends proclaimed his faith through grace, and you can hear through his music the relationship he had with the Lord. Harvey moved to New Braunfels and lived there for many years, until his health and age started catching up with him. He lived in Corpus Christi for a while and then moved to Floresville where he could get the best care needed for his health. He lived out the rest of his life in the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ethel; his daughter, Sandra Kay Wright; and his brother, Charles Rogers Jr.

Harvey is survived by daughter Vickey Lynn Wright and husband Bob of Marfa; son Condie Joe Rogers and wife Therese of Corpus Christi; stepdaughter Lana Black and husband Gene of Bandera; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons.

Burial services will be held privately in the Grimes Funeral Home in Bandera.

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