George Rogers Plater, 59, a retired employe of the Federal Aviation Administration and a soloist with his chuch choir and with gospel singing groups, died of cancer Wednesday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Plater was born in Hartford, Conn., and came to Washington with his family when he was an infant. During the 1930s, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He began his career with the federal government about 1942 with the General Services Administration.

He served in the Army during World War II and then resumed his civilian career with the government. He joined the FAA and was assigned to National Airport, where he was a warehouse supervisor at the time of his retirement in 1979.

Mr. Plater, who lived in Washington, was a soloist and an usher at St. Paul A.M.E. Church.He also was a soloist with the Interdenominational Church Ushers Association and with the Mansfield Singers and the Williams Academy, both of which are gospel groups that have performed on radio and television. Mr. Plater had given recitals in churches as far away as Massachusetts and South Carolina.

His wife, the former Lucille V. Martin, whom he married in 1948, died last year.

Survivors include a son, George A., a brother, Henry A., and two sisters, Annette E. Plater and Edna M. McNair, and one grandchild, all of Washington.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Paul Rogers Plater Memorial Fund, c/o St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 4901 14th St., NW, Washington.