Birth Name: Kenneth Ray Rogers
Date of Birth: August 21, 1938
Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.
Date of Death: March 20, 2020
Place of Death: Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, small/distant amounts of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, and German, possibly other
Kenny Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur.
He was the son of Lucille Lois (Hester), a nurse’s assistant, and Edward Floyd Rogers, a carpenter. He was married to Wanda Miller, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife Janice Gordon; a son with his former wife Margo Anderson; a son with his former wife Marianne Gordon; and two children with Wanda.
Kenny is sometimes said to have had Irish and/or Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Irish or Native American has been verified/documented.
Kenny’s paternal grandfather was William Byrd Rogers (the son of Allen Greer/Grier Rogers and Phebe H. Gallion). William was born in Texas. Phebe was the daughter of John C. Gallion and Sarah Rhoads.
Kenny’s paternal grandmother was Della Armo/Armodella/Armadella Kendrick (the daughter of Jasper Taylor Kendrick and Susan Jane Lester). Della was born in Texas. Jasper was the son of Albert Abel Kendrick and Elizabeth Logan. Susan was the daughter of Charles Madison Lester and Ann/Annie Eliza Moore.
Kenny’s maternal grandfather was Wiley Daniel Hester (the son of William Daniel “Zeke” Hester and Alice Arrena Nelson). Wiley was born in Louisiana. William was the son of William Jackson Hester. Alice was the daughter of Wiley Bud Nelson and Nancy Narcessa/Narcissa Scarborough/Scarsborough/Scarbrough.
Kenny’s maternal grandmother was Cora Belle/Binn “Sis” Willoughby (the daughter of Morrison Columbus Willoughby and Robe/Roba Blen Smith). Cora was born in Texas. Morrison was the son of Daniel Richard Willoughby and Mary. Robe was the daughter of Benjamin Little J. Smith and Judith Elizabeth Pinkard.