Lawana C. Rodgers-Rose

FullSizeRender (5)Lawana Chevelle Rodgers was born January 26, 1965, to Birdie and John Richard Rodgers in Galveston, Texas. Her grandfather, the late Lee Walker, Sr. nicknamed her Chookey. Lawana accepted Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. H. H. Holt.

She graduated from Bryan High School in 1983 where she was active in Student Council, Cheerleading, Baseball, Track, and Basketball.

She attended Prairie View A&M University for one year but graduated from Bryan Business School where she majored in Word Processing.

She met and married Darney Rose and to this union, one child was born. They relocated to Lewisville-Flower Mound, Texas area where she resided until her demise.

She united with the Macedonia Church in Garland, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Bobby Myles where she remained a faithful member until her demise on April 2, 2016.

Lawana and Kenneth Thornton had a brother/sister relationship during their early years but reconnected in later life in a different relationship.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Rodgers and two sisters, Diana, and Melba.

She leaves to both mourn and cherish her memory her mother, Birdie Walker Rodgers; two daughters, Alexis Nutall Martin (David) all of Flower Mound, TX and Taylor Darney Rose of Tulsa, OK; Charli Winston, who she raised along with her daughters, as her own from age 9 through High School; two sisters, Marilyn and Minnie Dell Shorter both of Bryan, Texas; and her BFF, Carolyn Chambers “Sister” of College Station, Texas; three brothers, Delton Rodgers (Pamela) of Lewisville, Texas, Edward Charles McKinney (Adrianne) of Houston, Texas and Victor Caldwell of Bryan, Texas; stepmother, Sandra Kay Rodgers and Godmother, Carrie Jane Walker, both of Bryan, Texas; two grandchildren, Olivia and David Martin II; one uncle, Lee Walker (Molly) of Corsicana, Texas; and two aunts, Betty Shine of Spokane, Washington and Jeanette Moody of Killeen, Texas along with many cousins and friends.

Betty Robinson

April 14th, 2016



  1. Tonia Walker says:

    So sorry for your loss Aunt Birdie, Delton, Nikki, Taylor and the grandchildren. I have been sitting here thinking about all the times that me and Chooky shared. Some good, some not so good. I remember when I came to Bryan in the 80’s and we were both staying with Grandma. We shared my daddy’s old bedroom with the twin beds. Me and her argued all the time about something. We would be lying in bed talking then all of a sudden it turned into an argument. We had some good times too. She will be missed. I just can’t believe that she is gone. It has been hard for me to accept. I kept hoping that I would get a call that said they made a mistake, it wasn’t her. I know that won’t happen. I didn’t talk to her often, but I believe she has a place in heaven. Over the past few months, I have been reading some of her post on Facebook and they were usually spiritual and uplifting. It almost seems as if she knew that she would be leaving here and she wanted to leave us with her thoughts and inspirations. She will be missed. Love yall

  2. Winstonia Davenport says:

    R.I.P. Class of 84

  3. Billy J Chambers Jr says:

    RIP God’s angel. You will truly be missed

  4. Ozzie Walton Allen says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. Lawana was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. God bless, and strengthen each of you during this time of grief. The world was a better place because of people like her.

  5. Dora Whitehead Shivers says:

    Birdie, may you and your family be wrapped in God’s love during this trying time and always, your coworker at Hearne Hospital, Dora Whitehead Shivers.

  6. Feleshia Bass Taylor says:

    I remember working with Lawana at Tinsley’s Chicken and Rolls, she was a hardworking person with a very sweet spirit, as a matter of fact, we just sit together at New Jerusalem Baptist Church 3 wks ago. My Condolences to the family, and may GOD continue to keep you during this difficult time. GOD Bless.
    Feleshia Bass Taylor
    Class of 85

  7. Doris Phillips says:

    To Birdie and the family, sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. It doesn’t seem real but the Lord doesn’t make mistakes. We have to continue to look to him for all our strength.

  8. Joyce Oliver says:

    May God give the family comfort during this time. RIP in Peace Lawana because your Soul is a rest..Class of ’83..Joyce Oliver and Family

  9. Lolita Wilson says:

    Birdie our family is praying for you, Delton and the kids. After talking with you I know you will be fine. The last time I saw Lawana was at one of our family reunions. I use to read her post on Facebook and I know that she will be ok. We will continue to pray for you and the family. Much love.

  10. Felicia Benford says:

    I just am in total shock. But I know that God makes no mistakes. I think back to when we lived on Beck street. Every day we were together at each others house playing and talking about everything under the sun, mainly boys. She was a beautiful lady. The late nights trying to follow Delton or sitting up having a fun girl night. Lawana I know that heaven has truly gained an angel because you were always one to me. I will miss and love you until we we get to see each other again.

  11. Shelia and Quinton Tate says:

    Birdie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family . May God Bless

  12. Herminia Vivero says:

    Heaven has gained another Precious Angel. May God Bless the family and may he give you all comfort…Herminia Vivero

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