Elder James Rollins Sr.

Published 2:21 pm Friday, June 26, 2020

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Elder James Earl Rollins Sr. was born Nov. 25, 1953, to the late Otis Rollins and Corleaner Rollins in Columbia, Miss.

Elder Rollins Sr. was called home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2020, at 3:19 p.m. in Somerset, N.J.

Elder James Rollins Sr. was the third child of four children, two of which preceded him in death; Lawrence Rollins Sr. graduated from Wesley Ray High School in 1972. During his high school years, he was an exceptional athlete and loved animals. Elder Rollins Sr. was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist, where he gave his life to God at an early age.

Elder Rollins Sr. was united in holy Matrimony in April of 1976 to his beautiful wife, Marie Conerly Rollins. Soon after, the beautiful couple relocated to New Brunswick, N.J., where they joined and fellowshipped at Progressive COGIC under the leadership of Elder H. Burwell.

Elder Rollins Sr. was employed at Rutgers University in New Jersey as a police officer, from April of 1978 to his retirement in March of 2008, leaving behind 40 years of gainful employment.

Elder Rollins Sr. leaves to cherish his memories: four children, Joshua (Devetta) Rollins, and James (Denise) Rollins Jr., both of Baton Rouge, Isaiah (Miquelita) Rollins of Fredericksburg, Va., and Corleaner Rollins Chiles of Somerset; 13 grandchildren, Lavonne (Jay) O’Neal, Destiny, Vanessa, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Eveah, Andre, Andreah, Keyera, Jamal, Anthony, Sean, and a great-grandchild La’liah Rollins; one sister, Bertha Rollins Francis, brother-in-law Marvin Francis Sr. of Baton Rouge; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Elder James Rollins was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Conerly Rollins; father, Otis Rollins; mother, Coleaner Rollins; brother, Lawrence Rollins; and sister, Bessie Rollins Watts.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at the Cook Richmond Chapel in Bogalusa. Elder LaRide Edward Conerly will be officiating, and interment will be in Robinson Cemetery.

Cook-Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.