Ferrell Lee Rollins, Sr., 94, of Tarboro, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of January 18, 2022.
A graveside memorial service is planned for the day after his birthday on Saturday May 21, 2022 at Greenwood Cemetery in Tarboro, NC at 2:00 PM.
Ferrell was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Bertie Rollins, a sister Bertie Stancill Rollins, and brothers C.D. Rollins and Ray Rollins. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Angelin Rollins; a son, Ferrell Lee Rollins, Jr. and wife Kitty of Rocky Mount, NC; daughters Beverly Rollins Edwards of Greensboro, NC and Loretta Rollins Langley of Tarboro; grandchildren Laura Grace Rollins of Providence, RI, Meredith Slazas of Cameron, NC, Lee Rollins of Durham, NC, Andrew Langley of Wendell, NC and Eric Langley of Greenville, NC and their spouses; and great-grandchildren, John Hanes Slazas, Jackson Slazas, and Hunter Langley. Ferrell is also survived by his brothers Maurice Rollins (Carolyn) of Wilson, NC, Jack Rollins (Janice) of Scotland Neck, NC, Bobby Rollins of Rocky Mount, NC, sister Janie Peele (Wade) of Broadway, NC, and many nieces and nephews.
Ferrell was born on May 20, 1927 in Bethel, NC. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1944 and then served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. Degree in Commerce, and from the University of Virginia’s School of Banking in Charlottesville, Va. He retired in 1990 after 40 years in various management positions with Commercial Credit Corporation, North Carolina National Bank, and People’s Bank and Trust where he was Vice President and City Executive.
Ferrell was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Tarboro where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and on many committees through the years. He was also active in various community affairs: Junior Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Tarboro Planning Board, Edgecombe Community College (where he was a former Trustee and served for many years on the Foundation Board), and the Tarboro Chamber of Commerce. He was a long-time member of Hilma Country Club in Tarboro, and active in various charitable foundations. His recreational activities included being an avid quail hunter, fishing, golf, and many other outdoor activities. He was a great fan of UNC Sports—especially basketball and football. Ferrell was much loved by his family and friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In the chance of rain the service will be moved to Carlisle Funeral Home Chapel, 701 Hospital Drive, Tarboro, NC.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlisle Funeral Home of Tarboro. On-line condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.