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Nathaniel Rookard

September 8, 1941 ~ June 30, 2019 (age 77)
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Mr. Nathaniel Rookard, age 77, of Dothan, Alabama passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Visitation: 

Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM

Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church

 

Funeral service: 

Saturday, July 6, 2019 11:00 AM

Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church

 

 

Nathaniel Rookard entered this world on Monday, September 8, 1941 he hailed from Inman, South Carolina and was the second child born to Ernest Howard and Florine Rookard. 

He grew up in a Christian home and lived out his faith through his giving spirit to his adoring family and the community. He graduated from Mary McCleod Bethune High School in 1959, attended South Carolina State University, and after 30 years of service, retired as a highly decorated Master Sergeant in the United States Army.  

In August of 1965 he married the love of his life, Grace White Rookard. Together they traveled the world.   Throughout his career he received 9 Good Conduct Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 4 Certificates of Achievement, 2 Meritorious Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals, a prestigious Vietnam Medal in addition to numerous other awards and certificates. 

Post military he worked for Pinkerton Security where he retired again with full commendations.  He was also an entrepreneur who used his business, Nate’s Lawn Care service, to model his unsurpassed work ethic and attention to detail to inspire his grandchildren and employees. He was passionate about his work and took great pride in the health and beautification of the landscapes he touched. 
 

He departed it peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2019. 
 

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Mrs. Grace White Rookard, his children Michael Andrea’ Rookard (Jane) and Tracy Rookard-Shaw (Brandon), grandchildren Raheim Elijah Everett, Michael Andrea’ Rookard, Jr., Jahbril Hasani Everett, Jamel Arlin Rookard, and Janae Alena Rookard (all from Douglas County, Georgia). He also leaves behind his sisters Ernestine Rookard and Audrey Wyatt (Inman, South Carolina) and brothers Johnny Wayne Rookard and Thomas Rookard (Spartanburg, South Carolina). His memory is equally cherished by his loving sister-in-law Lois Hines Boykins (Jimmy) (Enterprise, Alabama), and a host of loved ones who are more like family than friends.  He had two brothers James “Jim” Rookard and Calvin Rookard who have transitioned and now love him in spirit. 

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