FRANKIN, Tenn. - The founder of a locally celebrated restaurant has passed away. Seventy-three year old Buddy "Uncle Bud" Rogers died Tuesday.
Rogers opened Uncle Bud's Catfish in Franklin in 1980. The restaurant was so successful that he opened several other locations over the years until 1989, when he sold the restaurants.
Known as a drummer extraordinaire, Rogers served in the Air Force Band when he was stationed in Selma, Alabama. He later went on play with many famous country artists including Nashville Brass, the Wilburn Brothers, and Music City Jazz Band. Rogers also played for the Grand Ole Opry for 4 years.
Friends said Rogers was a passionate perfectionist who will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Sydney Rogers, six children, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Life Celebration service will be on Friday, June 1, 2012, at 2 p.m., at the West Harpeth Funeral Home.