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Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner

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.

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“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.

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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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