January 2014
Co-op Matters

Ag Community Mourns Loss of AFC President Roger Pangle

Roger Trent Pangle died at his home in Decatur on Saturday, Dec. 7, after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

Pangle was born May 27, 1949, in Maryville, Tenn., to Harvey E. Pangle and Vista Hampton Pangle. Pangle was preceded in death by his parents and sister Peggy Hicks. Pangle learned at an early age, on the family farm in east Tennessee, the value of hard work and long hours.

  Roger Trent Pangle

He attended Porter High School, then graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Agronomy. After receiving his degree, he worked as a wholesale seed salesman for Sawan Seed Company in Guntersville.

In 1976, he began his career at Alabama Farmers Cooperative as a district sales manager, then as director of the seed department and later as vice president of the Crops, Farm and Home Department. He was named AFC’s executive vice president and chief operational officer in 1996 and, in August 2012, he became president and chief executive officer.

He also served as chairman of Agri-AFC, an LLC owned by AFC and Winfield Solutions of Land O’ Lakes. He was past chairman of the board of directors of Universal Cooperatives, Inc. based in St. Paul, Minn. He has been a member of the Decatur Kiwanis Club and once served as president. He was also vice chairman of the board of directors of Progress Bank.

When he wasn’t at work, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Pangle was a member of Westmeade Baptist Church for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Brenda Byrd Pangle of Decatur; son Erik Trent Pangle and wife Gretchen of Hartselle; daughter Brittany Pangle of Decatur; two grandchildren Hunter and Sydney Pangle; brother Lewis Pangle and wife Cindy of Maryville, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Carl Hicks of Etowah, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made online to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) or your favorite charity.