Rodger David Smith, 55, of Galveston died February 24, 2009 at his residence in Galveston, Texas. A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the “Alabama”, 1702 -17th Street in Galveston, Texas.
Rodger was born July 4, 1953 to John Darrell Smith and Dorothy Lorraine Thomas Smith in St. Joseph, Michigan. He attended the public schools in Coloma, Michigan. He worked in the construction field, then went on to specialize in the touring stage-hand technician field. He got his start at the Show Pro Blockbusters Pavallion in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout his career, he worked with some famous bands, such as Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Pantera, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard, Van Halen, The Who, Motlley Crue, Shania Twain and the Allman Brothers. Rodger retired to Galveston in 2000 to be close to the water. He enjoyed his retirement, especially his trip to Daytona with his fiance, Scharlene Messinger in 2006. He loved partying with his friends, watching NASCAR Races and helping others when he saw a need.
Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Richard Brown, Sr. and Ronnie Brown, Rodger is survived by his fiance, Scharline Messinger of Galveston; nephew, Rick Brown of Galveston; great nephew, Adrian Brown of Galveston and numerous extended family members and many, many friends. Rodger will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Floral memorials may be sent to the Alabama on Thursday.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Smith name.