Ronald Boyce Rolen


NORTH TAZEWELL, VA - Ronald Boyce Rolen of North Tazewell, Virginia passed away after a lengthy illness on June 6, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born August 21, 1942.
 He was preceded in death by his parents Orrin and Bessie Neal Rolen, and brothers Reggie and Dane.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Kathy Collins Rolen; children Steve Rolen; Stephanie Rolen and granddaughter McKenzie Arnett; Susan Palmer (Bruce) and grandchildren Bailey, Casey (J.D.), Bruce (Jordan), Bentlee and Micah, Jessica Blaylock (Will) and Cassidy, Sierra Daily (Tim), Mia and Annabelle. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Margaret McCormick, brother-in-law Dave Brewster (his early morning fishing friend) and wife Fay; brother-in-law Roger Collins (Leona); sisters-in-law Janet Payne (Don) and Tamela Collins. Nieces and Nephews: Tim Collins (Laura), Cheri Collins, Leandra, Ethan, Derek Poszich, Erika Meng (Michael), Addison, Jessica Huffman (Mark), Logan, Blake, Talen, Greg Payne (Donna), Emily, Isaac, and Aleigha. Special niece Angelia Chronister (David), Laken, and Tinley. Ron was lovingly called "Wap Wap" by his nieces.

Ron attended Boissevain Full Gospel Church and was baptized in 2018. He loved the church and the church family loved him. He enjoyed helping and being in the church Christmas plays.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, scuba diving, four-wheeling, traveling, camping, and photography. His favorite trips were to Alaska to see all the animals and to Yellowstone.

Ron attended Graham High School where he played football and basketball. He played basketball on church leagues until he was 56 years old.

Ron was a retired owner of Trion Construction Company of Princeton, WV. He was in construction for 5O years and retired in 2018 from Hometown Grocers (Grants Super Market) due to illness. He took pride in his work, was a man of his word, had a talent for woodworking, could build furniture and fix just about anything. He was a friendly, well-liked, respected, and humble man who would help anyone.
The viewing will be at Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, WV on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.

Funeral services will be at Boissevain Full Gospel Church on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Friends may visit from 1pm to 2pm. Friends and family may visit from 1pm-2pm at the church. Pastors Vic and Mary Phillips, Reverend Harold Chinsolo, and nephew/Reverend Greg Payne will be officiating.
Pallbearers are Ron Devor, Roger Pardue, Bailey Palmer, Rodney Kesler, J.D. Taylor and Lee Shelton.
Honorary pallbearers are Derek Poszich, John Stacy, Dewayne Phillips, David Chronister, and Dr. Domingo Javier.
Graveside rites will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, VA immediately following the funeral service.
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Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Ronald Boyce Rolen.
Published on June 7, 2019
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Kathy Deskins Willford
Jun 10, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the Rolen family. Ron and I grew up together. He dad's brother was married to my sister and we use to spend a lot of time together. I hadn't seen him in years, but I never forgot him. My heart breaks for Ron's family. May God give you His peace and comfort as only He can give.
Donna Collins Stanley
Jun 09, 2019
Kathy, our hearts are broken for you and your family. May God comfort you and give you peace and healing in the upcoming days. Our love and prayers are with you. Donna and Hubert
John and Kay Anderson
Jun 08, 2019
Steve, Stephanie, Susan and Kathy and Sue we are so sorry about the loss of Ron. John and Ron we're great friends for a very long time,
Hunting, motorcycle riding and just hanging out at Hollis Tabor's. He will be missed by many people. Life is hard and I know you are all going through this part of it with heavy hearts . Our sincere condolences for your loss.
D OUG AND Linda Corner
Jun 08, 2019
Truly sorry for the loss of Ron
Larry Tabor
Jun 08, 2019
I forgot to put my name on the guest book i sent about Ron Rolen my sister and her family and Kathy' family.
Jun 08, 2019
Sis, Steve Susan, Stephenie and Ken and Kathy"s family. Myself and Becky are truly sorry for the loss of Ron.
We had a lot of good times as you kids grew up but as everyone knows time changes a lot of things as we get older life gets a little harder and losing loved ones is the hardest thing for us to deal with. Be brave and know Ron is with the Lord and building a place where we will all be together again! With all our love uncle Larry and aunt Becky,
Smitty Smith
Jun 07, 2019
Kathy, Steve,Stephanie and Susan the thoughts and prayers of my family are with you during this time of loss. I pray God will comfort you and you will find peace in the knowledge that you will see Ron again one day in Glory. I cherish the many memories of the days Ron and I spent building together throughout the two Virginia's and elsewhere. May the Lord bless and keep you. 💙
Mary Poszich Miller
Jun 07, 2019
So sorry for your loss Kathy....Praying for family...