By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • firstname.lastname@example.org
DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — “Hello, friend” was the greeting you always received when walking into Mentone’s Green Leaf Grill.
Jimmy Rogers was not only the owner of the Green Leaf Grill but also the chef, greeter, server and most importantly, my friend.
Jimmy passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2020, at the age of 62. We were fortunate to know Jimmy during the last two years through plenty of visits at his restaurant, which grew famous for its award-winning catfish.
Jimmy was a community-oriented man with a giving spirit. He frequently hosted political events, community-wide Christmas dinners, and opened the doors of his restaurant for any and all on Thanksgiving Day.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Jimmy several times on Torch Talk. He never wanted the attention, instead of turning the camera to his business neighbors at Mentone’s “The Village,” whom he loved to promote.
Mentone will not ever be the same without Jimmy’s light and personality greeting you as you entered the town. He will be deeply missed for his food, fellowship, and most of all, as my friend.