Henry Thomas Rodgerson, Sr.

July 17, 2009


Henry T. Rodgerson, Sr., 87, died July 17, 2009 after a very brief illness. A native of Norfolk, he lived in Virginia Beach and retired on the Eastern Shore in Machipongo, Va.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Melba M. Miller; one son, Henry T. Rodgerson, Jr.; four stepchildren, Michael R. Mayes, Martha M. Liebold, Melodye M. Tomlin and Merry M. Sherman; one brother, Philip Rodgerson and one sister, Dorothy R. Swanson; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Henry was a veteran of WWII; the retired founder of Climatemakers Ltd. of VA, a local heating and cooling company and a past president of Toastmasters, and Sales and Marketing Executives. In respect of his wishes, no funeral services are planned.
Condolences may be shared with the family at altmeyer.com

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Chuck Liebold
8 years ago

A man who could speak volumes about personal gain, motovation, inspiration and setting goals.

Seeing another person and reconizing true potential and then offering his knowledge and wisdom to those who would listen.

I have gained so much having him in my life and sharing our short time together.

May he rest well knowing the impact he had on those around him and watch over us forever.

Jill Lindsay
8 years ago

Dear Melba and All of Henry and Melba’s Family,

We send our condolences to you over the loss you have suffered. Henry was one of a kind and he will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jill, Robert and Jaclyn Lindsay

Joseph Penca
8 years ago

I would like to send my condolences to the family of Henry. He was one of the smartest, most well versed people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will miss those fresh baked blueberry pies, but I will never forget the times I shared with Henry eating those pies. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joseph Penca

Norfolk, Virginia

Dee Kearney
8 years ago

Melba and Family

Words cannot express my sincere condolences. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. I know we did not stay in much contact after Bobby passed away, but I had thought of you and Henry often. Bobby and Henry are probably discussing and planning new business ventures, as they did on their luncheons. Henry was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. He will always be in our hearts and memories.

Doug and Anna Moore
8 years ago

Mom and Dad Virginia G. and Eary D. Moore counted Henry and you, Melba, as one / some of their best friends. I remember Dad going to lunch with Henry, Vernon Gregory and Vince Marshall and coming back with all these ideas about finances and investments. Henry was the idea guy. And Henry along with my UVa professor Dr. Forbes was responsuble for me getting a degree from that school – Henry graciously allowed me to do a case study on the business and the professor managed to convince the rest of the review committee that I wouldn’t do too much harm if they gave me a degree. He’ll be missed.

Alan Heckel
8 years ago

My condolences and prayers to Melba and all the family.

When I moved here from Richmond in 1979 he had already identified the new trend in HVAC and implemented the changes to grow his business. I also came to realize his company was on top of the family tree for HVAC in Tidewater.

Pioneers are hard to find.

Andrew Johnson
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Henry. He was a special friend who will never be forgotten. I was told the other day that Henry lived life the way Henry wanted to live his life, what a true a statement. Henry will be missed but he will always be with us in memory.

Susan Rodgerson Kidd
8 years ago

We always thought Uncle Henry would be one to make it to age 100, but God had other plans. We are so thankful for all he has done over the years to keep the extended family connected–the annual reunion, emails, and sharing concern during the trying times of each of us. He was one-of-a-kind and no one can ever replace him. May God grant comfort to all of us who were related or associated with him in this life.

Jerry & Betty Lanum
8 years ago

We have been deeply sadden by Henry’s death.

Henry has been my friend for over 30 years & my visits to the Eastern Shore will never be the same without seeing him. He will always be there in thought & spirit.

I shall miss him —–

Ken & Dawn Johnson
8 years ago

We loved Uncle Henry dearly, and share in your grief. Please know that our family has you in prayer as you go through this time of shock, loss and sorrow. He was a great and kind man, and his legacy will go on forever.