Born on July 4, 1926 in Washington, DC, Jim was the oldest of five children born to the late James and Anna Rogers. He grew up in Hyattsville and attended the University of Maryland. A successful real estate builder and developer, Jim was the proprietor of James W. Rogers Associates in Bladensburg, MD. He was an avid horseman and long-time member of the Marlboro Hunt Club. Jim was also a member of St. Mary's of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro, MD and a previous member of Holy Family in Davidsonville where he actively supported the construction of the new church in the late 1980s. Before moving to Davidsonville, he had been a member of St. Mark's in Hyattsville, MD.
Jim was preceded in death by his wives, Ellen S. Rogers and Mary Catherine Rogers, and two of his brothers, Phillips C. and William H. Rogers. He is survived by two sons, Jay (Terri) Rogers and Clayton (Christi) Rogers, both of Davidsonville; one daughter, Melissa (Kevin) Morelli of Virginia Beach, VA; two brothers, J. Whitson Rogers of Baltimore, MD and Joseph S. Rogers of Landover, MD; three grandsons, Ryan Hughes, Andrew Rogers Campbell and Eric Morelli; three granddaughters, Emily Morelli Reuter, Jessica Conard and Loren Smith; seven great-grandchildren, and his companion and love of his life, Betty Peters.