DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers was remembered at the Capitol.
Among those who honored Rogers on Tuesday was former Gov. Bill Owens, who served with Rogers.
Rogers was the last man independently nominated as Colorado’s lieutenant governor. After his term the law was changed to allow gubernatorial candidates to pick their own running-mates.
Rogers died last week at age 49. He was sworn in as Colorado’s lieutenant governor in 1999 and served until 2002. He was the youngest American elected as a state lieutenant governor and Colorado’s second African-American lieutenant governor.
Rogers body was scheduled to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until 5 p.m. His body will then be relocated to the True Light Baptist Church located in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood at 14333 Bolling Drive where public viewing will be held starting a t 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The public funeral for Rogers will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Rising Star Baptist Church located 1500 South Dayton Street in Aurora.
Rev. Dr. William Golson, Pastor, True Light Baptist Church will deliver the Eulogy.
Speakers include: Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Bob Beauprez, former Colorado Congressman, District 7, Apostle Leon Emerson, Pastor of Now Faith Christian Center Church & Past President, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, and Mrs. Xernona Clayton, Creator of National Trumpet Awards & and Chair of Trumpet Awards Foundation.
Book Collection and Donation:
New and or gently used books will be collected at all viewings and the funeral for donation to two Colorado School Districts In memory of the nation’s youngest and Colorado’s second Black Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers. Education was always the centerpiece of Rogers work.
The Greeley Evans District 6 and St. Vrain Valley School Districts will receive the books. Mr. John Poynton, Communication Director for the St. Vrain School District welcomes replacement books due to recent flood damage. He also recalls meeting Rogers as Colorado’s Lt. Governor.
Donated Books will be received on Tuesday:
– Colorado State Capitol (12:00 to 5 PM)
– True Light Baptist Church, 14333 Bolling Dr, Denver 80239 (6:00 to 8:00 PM)
Donated Books will be received on Wednesday:
– Rising Star Church, 1500 So. Dayton, Aurora 80247 (11:00 AM)
Pipkin Braswell Funeral Home is handling all arrangements and Burial at Fairmont Cemetery.
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