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George William Rollins

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

George William Rollins
George William Rollins, 29, of Fredericktown, Mo., formerly of Kennett, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 4:30 p.m., from a motorcycle accident. George will be remembered as a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, teacher, coach and friend.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1981, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jack and Betsy Rollins. George graduated in 1999 from Kennett High School, and then attended Arkansas State University before joining the U.S. Navy in January of 2000. He attended the Navy School of Rescue. In 2001, he was deployed in the first wave of response to the Middle East aboard the USS George Washington as a naval plane captain during Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was married on May 18, 2002, to his high school sweetheart, Jessica Lauren Campbell, of Kennett. On March 27, 2007, their daughter, Jaelyn Koy Rollins, was born in Kennett.

George graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies. He and his family then moved to Fredericktown, where he began teaching at Fredericktown High School and was assistant football coach. He was loved and cherished by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jack William Rollins, Sr., of Brandon Fla., and George Byron Jones, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

He leaves behind his paternal grandmother, Naomi Ross, of Kennett, his maternal grandmother, Ina Mae (Dusty) Jones, of Poplar Bluff; his siblings, Sara Beth and husband, Seth Rosco, of Holcomb, Mo., and Hope, Grace, Isaac, Katy, Nya, Micah, and Shannon Carm, of Riverside, Calif. He also leaves behind grandmothers-in-law, Carol Campbell, of Kennett, Janis Fracis, of Jonesboro, Ark., and Brenda and David Walker, of Dexter, Mo. He also leaves behind his father, Jack Rollins, Jr., of Kennett; his mother, Betsy Cram and husband, Ole, of Riverside; his father-in-law, Tommy Campbell, of Kennett; brother-in-law, Kaylon Campbell, of Kennett, and mother-in-law, Tammie Campbell, of Kennett. George also leaves behind a beautiful three-year-old baby girl, Jaelyn Koy Rollins, and his wife, Jessica Lauren Rollins.

George had many goals in life, among them were to be a good son, son-in-law, husband, person, teacher, and coach. But his biggest goal was to be a great daddy. He accomplished all of his goals by being himself at all times. He was great role model for his students as well as his child. He made people laugh, and he was there when you wanted to cry. George was a people person and loved his family. He will be deeply missed by all.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 19, at Friendship Baptist Church in Kennett. George was honored for his service to our country with a Military salute following the service.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Callis, Mack Skelton, Brandon Swain, Shannon Henson, Jason Mills, Bobby Dunn, Nathan Tiner, Don Dunn, Justin Harris, Dustin Harris, Randy Blankenship, Gary Callis, Ricky Burdin and Glen Harris.

Honorary pallbearers were the 2010 Fredericktown Blackcats Football Team, Jack Rollins, Tommy Campbell, Kaylon Campbell, Eric Campbell, Chad Rollins, Ole Cram, Chuck Ford, Lynn O'Neal and Mike Pierson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fredericktown High School George Rollins Scholarship Fund, at Kennett National Bank in Kennett, Mo. (573) 888-9051.

Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett was in charge of arrangements.