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The Rev. James Earl 'Red' Rolison, 79, of Athens, AL, passed away on Aug. 10, 2017, at Athens-Limestone Hospital. He was born on Aug. 14, 1937, in Pocahontas, Tennessee, the son of the late Charles Perry and Lessie Swinford Rolison.

Brother Rolison served in the Army National Guard and was baptized at the Harriman's Chapel in Bemis, Tennessee. He married Carolyn Hudman 60 years ago in Franklin City, Texas. He retired from full-time ministry in 2015 after serving as pastor at the following congregations over his many years of ministry: Feathers Chapel (Somerville, Tennessee), Viola Baptist Church (Columbia, Tennessee), Park City Baptist Church (Fayetteville, Tennessee), Ardmore Baptist Church (Ardmore, Alabama), Emmanuel Baptist Church (Athens, Alabama), Oakley Baptist Church (New Market, Alabama) and Faith Baptist Church (Athens, Alabama).

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sons: James Earl Rolison Jr. and James Glenn Rolison; sisters: Alma Rogers and Janie Thomason; and brothers: Vernon Rolison, Perry Rolison, Joe D. Rolison, Junior Rolison and Billy Wayne Rolison.

Survivors include his wife: Carolyn Rolison of Athens, Alabama; daughters: Cherri Walker of Athens, Alabama, and Renee (Jadey) Wynn of Garland, Texas; son: Sean Rolison of Athens, Alabama; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Schultz officiating. Private burial will follow in Miller Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International Bible, P.O. Box 687, Athens, AL 35612.
Published on August 11, 2017
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