Bennie Franklin Rolen, 86, of Ripplemead, departed this life Tuesday evening, September 3, 2013 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg after a long illness. Born in Saltville, VA on November 15, 1926, he was a son of the late Rev. William “Bill” and Josie Wise Rolen. Bennie was retired from the National Gypsum Company and A P Green Lime Company, Kimballton Plant after many years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jeep, Mike, David, and Olaf and his sisters Virginia, Janice and Pearl.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved and devoted wife “Peggy” Dorothy Marie Price Rolen; his daughters Gloria Jean Hale of Christiansburg and Brenda Darlene Rolen Williams of Harrisonburg; his grandchildren Travis Scott Williams and Jerry Ryan Hale; his great-grandchildren Jaiden, Jude, and Jonah Williams; his sisters Ernestine Davidson of Connersvillle, IN, Novella Allison of Glade Springs, and Elizabeth Starling of Glen Burnie, MD.
Graveside services will be conducted Saturday at 2:00 pm in Mt. Rose Cemetery in Glade Springs, VA. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke Friday evening from 6 until 8 pm. The family is most grateful for the help and care for Bennie from the staff at Carilion Giles Community Hospital, the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, Dr. Robert Devereaux, Carilion Hospice, Betty Surbaugh, Elma Lee Baker, Aubrey and Joann Williams and precious neighbors and friends. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.