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Darrell Keith Rodgers


Sunrise: March 26, 1954

Sunset: October 8, 2021

Our Beloved, Darrell

“Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One”- Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Motto

Darrell Keith Rodgers, 67, passed Friday, October 8, 2021. He was born March 26, 1954, in Portsmouth, VA.  Darrell was pre-deceased by his parents, Albert “Shoptop” and Delores Griffin Rodgers.

He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, then graduated from Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA, where he was a standout Varsity Football player. Darrell, lovingly called “Sweet Chickey Baby”, continued his football career as a Viking at Elizabeth City State University, where he also pledged Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. After graduation, he served four years for his country in the United States Army.

Darrell dedicated 20+ years to the United States Post Office. He proudly wore his uniform, working tirelessly to exceed standard deadlines to demonstrate exemplary service. The Norfolk-Church St. Branch was without a doubt his 2nd family.

Not only did he work hard, but he played hard! He would light up a room with his laid-back, joking manner and deep laughter. Other than his family, friends, and work, the one thing that he truly loved was playing B-I-N-G-O! Setting up in his favorite places throughout the week.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Troy Darrell Porter, Sr. (Robin), three grandchildren, Kiara, Brianna, and Troy, Jr. Other survivors include his “bonus” daughter, Carmen Franklin; his Aunts: Helen Summer and Ida Mae Griffin; Brothers: Ernest Rodgers (Angela) and Andre Cummings; Sisters: Denise Miller, Patricia Beckford, Pearlie Cummings, Angela Lee Cummings, Ernestine Rodgers, and Matleen Wortham; dedicated companion, Holly Jean Barner and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing Friday, October 22, 2021 2:00pm-6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth, VA 23701 Portsmouth Chapel Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, October 23, 2021 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 *Masks Required*

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    Mildred L Wilson says

    Sending my prayers to the family. Darrell was one of my classmates.
    He will be truly missed. He was gentle man with a big heart . He a smile that was last forever.

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      Jacquelyn Wooten says

      Sending sympathy and prayers to the family. I met Darrell ( Sweet Chickie Baby Iota Phi Theta) at Elizabeth City State University in 1976. I always looked forward to seeing him at homecoming! He was a dear friend and will truly be missed by me and his Viking family! RIH Sweet Chickie Baby! ❣️❣️

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    Ramona Sears Ransom says

    Darrell was a TRIP but he sure was my friend! We had many conversations about life and what we were doing. I will miss seeing him. Sending sincere prayers to his family & friends. #MOUNTHERMON

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    Bryant Thomas says

    From the Thomas family from Mt Hermon we send our condolences to the family of Darryl Roger’s.
    May God continue to comfort you during this difficult time.

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    Valerie Williams says

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. Gone and not forgotten old friend I know you are up there playing bingo. Rest on and take your rest. Val Williams

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      Isaac Powell III says

      My condolences to the family of Darrell Rodgers We had great times together working and talking trash who got the better team browns vs ravens a lot great laughs to point we would call ourselves cuz when we work together we were cool miss you man !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Nothing but love for you brother ✊🏿

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        John McBryde Jr. says

        Rest in Peace my brother. May God continues to Bless the family in days ahead. God is always there for you. John McBrdye (IOTA PHI THETA )

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    Sebrena R Daughtry says

    I’m going to miss u my friend calling me and getting orders for me at the Norfolk Post office for my delicious Sweet Potato jacks. Also seeing u at bingo on airline Blvd when we use to play there. Rest easy . My prayers go up and out to the entire Rogers family. R.I.H. Darryl Luv Sebrena

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    Blanch Brown McCoy says

    To the family of my Softball Coach and classmate, My prayers are with you in your time of Sorrow. May God keep you Uplifted and in HIs Arms,

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    Ruby B Jordan says

    Extending my deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Darrell (Chicken Man) Rodgers. I met Darrell at Elizabeth City State University in 1974 and consider him a friend. I always looked forward to seeing and talking with him at homecoming. He will be greatly missed. Praying the God will give the family everything you need to get through this sad time. Rest in Peace my Friend…..till we meet again!!

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    Sadie Deans says

    Condolences to my postal brother! Sending prayer for his family, may God continue to keep you in his loving arms.

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      Sharon S. says

      Rest in peace. Love the Stewart Family

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    His Postal Family says

    To the Family of our fellow postal friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Darrell will greatly be missed. It was a joy to work with him as he tells us his stories of winning at bingo. It was joy to fellowship with him at K&W to eat. May God continue to wrap you in His Loving Arms as you treasure the memories of Darrell. God bless and may you know another Angel have received His wings and is now resting in the Loving Arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

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    Doris and Andrie Rodgers says

    Rest on to our Brother you will be missed from Doris and Andrie Rodgers gone but never forgotten we will always love you words will never be able to explain how we are feeling such a wonderful Brother in law and a very special person in our lives you will be missed R. I. P. Darrell Rodgers❤️🙏🏽

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      Vickie L Thomas Toliver says

      My deepest condolences extends to the entire family. He was deeply cared about by many. Praying for comfort and strength to you all

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    Andrie Rodgers says

    Rest on to our Brother you will be missed from Doris and Andrie Rodgers gone but never forgotten we will always love you words will never be able to explain how we are feeling such a wonderful Brother in law and a very special person in our lives you will be missed R. I. P. Darrell Rodgers❤️🙏🏽

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    Vickie L Thomas Toliver says

    I am truly going to miss you Chick! I met you through one of your Frats and we remained friends since. Homecomings will not be the same. Rest well…My deepest condolences to Gene (whom he talked about often) and his son as well as his close friends whom I know will miss him deeply

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    Phyllis Lee Porter says

    REST IN PEACE, MY BROTHER

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    "Goose" Harper says

    My deepest sympathy to the Rodgers and Harrell families. I will cherish the memories of how Darrell and I played football on the field in Carver Park as kids; the fun we had when playing at Miss Annie”s, and avoiding Sharpe Top at all cost when we did something wrong!

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    Wesley and Sandra Bishop says

    RIP my Mt Hermon brother…our sincere condolences to all his family and friends 🙏🏽

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      Phyllis Staton Teel says

      My condolences goes out to all of Darrell’s family and friends. Darrell was my favorite classmate in 3rd grade. He was great in Mathematics. May you rest in peace and GOD provides comfort to your loved ones.

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    O'Neal Pullie says

    Rest in peace my friend and brother! May GOD bless your love ones,

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    Isaac Powell III says

    My condolences to the family of Darrell Rodgers We had great times together working and talking trash who got the better team browns vs ravens a lot great laughs to point we would call ourselves cuz when we work together we were cool miss you man !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Nothing but love for you brother ✊🏿

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    Yvonne Worrell Mavin says

    Sorry for your loss, this is the half sister big E. Yvonne . We lost contact for many years but you’ve always been on my mind rest in peace my brother love to the family

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    Kathlyn Staton Lyon says

    To the family; I offer my sincerest condolences. Darrell was my classmate. I have fond memories of us competing on our class assignments. May he Rest In Peace.

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    Ida Griffin May says

    To my nephew whom will truly be missed” I wasn’t able to make the trip, but my condolences & prayers is to the family, Auntie will always remember you.

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    Priscilla Clemons says

    Darrell will be missed, I remember him from Churchland High School. He was a great football player. He was one of the friendliest person that one could meet.
    Rest on my friend.

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    Felicia Hatch says

    Troy, Please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this time. Love y’all.

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    margaret d edmonds says

    rest in peace

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    Phyllis ParkerClemons says

    I first met Darrell in the 3rd grade in Mrs. Stephenson’s class. I’m sorry that my family and I are just finding out he passed away. He was a great guy! Even though I no longer live in the area, I will always consider him a great friend and neighbor! Even my son remembers him fondly. Rest In Peace my good friend!! You will be missed.

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    Phyllis ParkerClemons says

    I first met Darrell in the 3rd grade in Mrs. Stephenson’s class. I’m sorry that my family and I are just finding out he passed away. He was a great guy! Even though I no longer live in the area, I will always consider him a great friend and neighbor! Even my son remembers him fondly. You will be truly missed!! Be blessed🙏🏽

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