by Max Brantley
His company helped shape the Little Rock skyline.
He developed what is now the Peabody Hotel and connected Statehouse Convention Center and later built the 25-story Rogers Building, now the Stephens Building. He developed retail centers throughout the country and became chairman of Metropolitan National Bank in 1983.
Rogers, a Newport native, lived in Batesville. He joined the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2006. Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville will be handling the funeral arrangements.