Hubert "Leon" Rogers was born to Hubert and Bess Rogers on June 18, 1931 in Lebanon, KY. Leon was a graduate of Lebanon High School. He received a basketball scholarship at University of Kentucky where he played under Adolph Rupp. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in physical education and minors in English and Science. He later earned his Master's Degree from Southern Mississippi in 1968.
Upon graduation from University of Kentucky in 1958 he started his teaching and coaching career in Chattahoochee, FL. In 1963 he moved to Fort Walton Beach, FL accepting the head basketball coach and assistant football position at Choctawhatchee High School. He departed the coaching ranks after a highly successful career in athletics and accepted a promotion to Assistant Principal at Meigs Junior High School in Shalimar, Fl. In 1969 he moved to Ocala, FL to become the Principal of a brand new high school, Vanguard. He was also Principal at Dunnellon High School. In 1976 he was elected Superintendent of Schools of Marion County in a runoff election and served in that position for 8 years. He thoroughly loved the interaction with the students and loved the career path he chose. He was a strong believer in continuing education.
He is survived by his three daughters: Jackie Ormond (Richard), Marsha Anderson (Don), Traci Bryan (Kevin); three grandchildren: Lauren Balloon (Scott), Somer Doyle, Hunter Bryan (Amanda); and four great grandchildren: Ethan Bryan (10), Camden Balloon (4), Kinley Balloon (19 months), and Landon Bryan (7 months).
Leon will be sorely missed by his family and friends who loved him very much. He was well known and respected in the Ocala and Dunnellon communities. He never met a stranger and always asked where an individual was from, what school they attended, and what they did. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather and lifetime "coach."
Services will be held Monday April 9th at 3:30pm at Robert’s Funeral Home Dunnellon, Florida, with Pastor Russ Randall officiating. Viewing will occur from 2:30 till 3:30pm. Burial will occur in Lebanon Kentucky at Old Liberty Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Dunnellon High School Athletic Department or Legacy Hospice House of Ocala.