Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner

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Both of the founders of Waffle House have died, just two months apart.

Co-founder Tom Forkner died earlier this week at 98 years old, just two months after his business partner Joe Rogers Sr. died in early March. Rogers was 97 years old.

“Tom will be remembered as a man of honesty and integrity,” Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr. said in a statement. “He and my father never envisioned the company would grow into what it is today, nor how thousands of associates would be positively impacted by the opening of that first restaurant.”

» RELATED: DeKalb town where Waffle House began mourns founder Joe Rogers Sr.

The two businessmen founded Waffle House in 1955 in Avondale Estates. The restaurant chain has more than 1,900 locations nationwide. Read more here.

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