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Town honors Rodgers

Around 100 people came out to remember and honor the late David Rodgers, first Town attorney and member of the group that incorporated Farragut in 1980, during a ceremony at Town Hall Sunday, Aug. 7.

Members of that incorporation group, Farragut Community Group, paid for a plaque to dedicate the Town Hall rotunda in honor of Rodgers.

“He was a giant of a man and had an incredibly kind heart,” said FCG member Ron Simandl.

Rodgers was remembered by other members of FCG, including Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, as well as by members of his family, including his wife, Marty.

“Dave is up there wondering why on earth this is happening to him,” Marty said.

Rodgers passed away last October. He was the Town’s attorney from the time of Farragut’s incorporation in 1980 until his retirement in 1999. He was succeeded by his partner from Kramer-Rayson, Tom Hale.

Hale remembered Rodgers as humble and pragmatic, but very passionate about the Town he worked so hard to help build.

“His successes were many, and very important, and they are the bedrock on which the Town is built,” Hale said.

“He would be proud and honored and thankful,” to have the rotunda named for him, Hale added.

The Town Hall rotunda now features a plaque featuring Rodgers’ profile, as well as one of his many “folksy sayings,” as McGill called them: Pardnah.

“He called everyone ‘pardnah.’ Not ‘partner,’ but ‘pardnah,’” McGill laughed.

The plaque also features a quote McGill gave after Rodgers’ passing: “Without David Rodg-ers, there would not be a Town of Farragut.”

One of Rodgers’s sons, Tim, acknowledged his father’s accomplishments in conjunction with the work of the entire FCG, and of Town volunteers and staff.

“My dad put his heart and soul into this Town, but he did it with other people,” he said.

Marty Rodgers finished off the afternoon, which included the unveiling of the plaque in the rotunda.

“We appreciate you being here to hear about this guy we loved,” she said.


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