(WOODLAND) Funeral services for Lawson Earl Rollins, 55, of Woodland were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Benefield Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Terry Graham and Jason Owens officiating. Burial followed in Woodland First Congregational Methodist Cemetery.
Mr. Rollins died Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Wedowee Hospital.
Mr. Rollins was born Nov. 11, 1956, the son of Harvey and Helen Young Rollins. He was a member of Woodland First Congregational Methodist Church. Mr. Rollins was saved in January 1976, became a deacon at Highway Church in 1977, and was called to preach the gospel and ordained Sept. 3, 1981. His first pastorate was Union Hill First Congregational Methodist Church, Bremen, Ga., from 1981 to 1987; next he pastored Woodville First Congregational Methodist Church in Texas from 1988 to 1989. The Lord laid it on his heart to establish a church in the Woodland area. In October 1990, he established Woodland First Congregational Methodist Church and was pastor there until 2005. Due to health problems, he was unable to continue pastoring any longer.
Mr. Rollins is survived by his wife, Debra Smith Rollins; five brothers and their wives, Junior and Diane Rollins, Donnie and Joyce Rollins,
Paul and Becky Rollins and Wayne and Charlotte Smith, all of Woodland, and Terry and Judy Graham of Wedowee; two sisters and their husbands, Linda and Tommy Aikens and Rachel and Roy Goosby; seven honorary grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Rollins was preceded in death by his in-laws, Calvin and Allie Ruth Smith; four brothers, Wayne, Hugh, Benny Ray and Willard Rollins; one sister, Libby Rollins; and one niece, Joni Rollins.
Pallbearers were Beau Rollins, Chris Smith, Seth Entrekin, Jake Entrekin, Kenny Rollins, Scott Rollins, Josh Rollins and Chad Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Lance Rollins, Don Rollins, Steve Rollins, Wade Rollins, Tyler Rollins, Mike Hope and John Entrekin. Special brothers in Christ, Revs Donald Spradlin, Gary Badswell, Vernon Willis, Thomas Cochran, J. C. Holloway, Tracy Cantrell, Kermit Owens, Harold Hambrick, John Miles and David McPherson.
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Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.