Declining sales led to the closure of the downtown location in 2004, and Rogers withdrew from the business although his wife Suzanne and sons would continue to open a new Nelson’s Buffeteria on 4401 S. Memorial Drive in 2012.
Rogers is from Tulsa and graduated from Central High School in 1955. He later studied at Westminster College, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa.
Nelson is survived by his 60-year-old wife Paula Suzanne; his children Jody Rogers, Nelson Barry Rogers, Steven Rogers, Jamie Rogers Caldwell, and her husband Scott Caldwell; and grandsons Sean, Jack, Michael and Savanna.
A family burial will be held in Haskell and a celebration of life will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 2pm at Southlawn Chapel, Moore, 9350 E. 51st St.. The service will be broadcast on the funeral home website moorefuneral.com.
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Greg McGill moved to Oklahoma from his hometown of New York to study at Oklahoma City University and needed a job to pay his way. He found a job at the local Steak & Ale restaurant.
“I had little experience in food service, but I immediately devoted myself to the hospitality industry and the rest is history,” McGill told Tulsa World in 2019 when he announced his resignation. “To date, some of my best friends have been people I worked with while at Steak & Ale.”