ForeverMissed
GRAVESIDE SERVICE
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12 p.m.
Elmwood Cemetery
600 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211

A LIFE WELL LIVED

A Time to be Born
Shelia Rogers-Patterson was born June 3, 1958, the seventh of nine children to Jamie and Everlener Rogers, who both preceded her in death.

A Time to Worship
Shelia accepted Christ and joined the South Park S.D.A. Church. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church for more than 30 years. She served in several roles which included Sabbath School Superintendent, Head Church Clerk, AYS Leader and much more. She continued to serve even in her illness.

A Time to be Educated
Shelia was educated in the Birmingham City School System where she attended Powderly Elementary and was a proud member of the Wenonah High School class of 1975, as she skipped the 12th grade. She went on to attend Talladega College where she became a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She graduated Talladega College in 1979. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shelia was a faithful educator who touched many lives for 33 plus years serving 14 of those years at the Alabama State Department of Education with the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) as an Education Specialist and an Education Administrator until retiring in August of 2018. 

A Time to Love
In June of 1980, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Larry Dean Patterson, who preceded her in death. To this union was born one daughter, Rajeeni Larisa Patterson.

A Time to Depart this Life to Eternity
Shelia received her heavenly wings and departed this life on Sunday, November 15, 2020 peacefully surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her Father, Jamie Rogers, Mother, Everlener Rogers, one sister, Veola Rogers, and four brothers, Willie Rogers, Charles Rogers, Albert Rogers and Henry Rogers.

A Time to Remember
Shelia leaves to cherish her precious memories, her one and only daughter, Rajeeni Patterson of Birmingham, AL; one grandson, Caleb Patterson of Birmingham, AL; one sister, Shirley Rogers Crowell; three brothers, Eugene Rogers (Pearl) of Tuscaloosa, AL, Reginald Rogers of Stone Mountain, GA, Harold Rogers of Birmingham, AL and a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives, friends and church family.

Professional service entrusted to W.E. Lusain Funeral Home of Birmingham, Alabama. 
Posted by Mavis Brown on March 12, 2021
What can I say? You were an educator in every aspect of the profession. You were an encourager to everyone in your path. You were my cheerleader from the first day that we met at Birmingham City Schools. I thank God for sharing you with me on this side of Heaven.
Posted by Vanessa Byrd on November 23, 2020
Rest my friend, you fought a good fight and you kept the faith. Your reward awaits in heaven. Condolences to the family.
Posted by Sharon Moore on November 21, 2020
My most fervent prayers go out to the family. Shelia and I met at South Park in 1986. She was very cordial and outgoing!! Stay Strong!!
Posted by Della Hatch-Abdullah on November 20, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family.

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Posted by Mavis Brown on March 12, 2021
What can I say? You were an educator in every aspect of the profession. You were an encourager to everyone in your path. You were my cheerleader from the first day that we met at Birmingham City Schools. I thank God for sharing you with me on this side of Heaven.
Posted by Vanessa Byrd on November 23, 2020
Rest my friend, you fought a good fight and you kept the faith. Your reward awaits in heaven. Condolences to the family.
Posted by Sharon Moore on November 21, 2020
My most fervent prayers go out to the family. Shelia and I met at South Park in 1986. She was very cordial and outgoing!! Stay Strong!!
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Shared by Jesse Kt on November 20, 2020
Sis Shelia and I go back over thirty years of my career ! I did my observations in her class at Ramsay High School ! We had  great professional relationship with her while sne worked at Jackson Olin High School and Easley High School! We took EDT Classes at UAB ! I had the pleasure of teaching Rajenni at Ramsay High ! I taught her geometry and Calculus ! She met Tod Beers at the State Department of Education ! Tod taught with Shelia at Ensley High ! She gave many unappreciated Educators a chance to show case their Math talent at AMSTI ! The politics at Birmingham City Schools was not good for unconnected Educators of good integrity ! She helped me(Jesse Kelley ) become a Mathematics Specialist ! She encouraged me to step out on faith, and show other Math Specialists Birmingham had some great Educactor’s who where stuck in the classroom and not given a chance to fly! Sis  Shelia gave other educators a chance to fly at the State Department of Education such as Dr.Pam Williams and  Dr. Tonya Anthony ! I can go on  and on about Shelia’s grace and fortitude ! She has her wings now , may God bless her surviving family !           Love ❤️ Jesse Kelle