March 26, 1935 - April 11, 2019
Henry Rollins was born March 26, 1935 in Flomot, Tx to Henry Rollins Sr. and Lula Alice Ash Stegall Rollins. Alice previously had six children who became his half siblings. Alice gave birth to three children, Mary May Rollins Curby, John Will Rollins and Henry Rollins Jr. Alice passed away just 4 days after Henry’s 6th birthday in 1941. Henry Rollins Sr. then married Bertha Egington Waltersdorf Rollins who also had three children from a previous marriage, Valerie Rollins Chance, Billy Rollins, and Robert Rollins, who became Henry’s step siblings. Bertha gave birth to four more children (half siblings): Rocky Rollins, Ronnie Rollins, Roma Rollins Fine, and Rollie Rollins which makes a total of fifteen siblings!!!
Henry graduated from Harlandale High School, San Antonio in 1953. He served in the US Army – 101st Airborne Division from 1956 to 1958. In 1961, Henry married Carole Jean Gordon in San Antonio, TX. Henry graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took his first job in Pomona, CA with General Dynamics. Both of his children were born in California before the family moved back to Dallas, Texas in 1965. Henry went to work for Collins Radio who was later bought by Rockwell International. At Collins/Rockwell he concentrated his designs in the area of VLF Communications with the development of High Power Transmit and Matching Systems until his retirement in 1991.
Henry loved sports and the outdoors. In his younger days, he enjoyed water skiing, fishing and spring board diving. In his years after college, he enjoyed bowling, tennis and golf. He liked to travel the United States very much and would take two week driving vacation every summer with Carole and the kids. Some of his favorite places were the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Redwood National Forest, Banff/Lake Louise National Parks in Alberta Canada and South Padre Island, Texas.
In 1968, he bought a family home in North Dallas, where he lived with his wife of 57 years until his death at home on April 11, 2019.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carole Rollins; his children, Jill Rollins Whitmore (Husband David) and Lon Rollins (Wife Kathy Bellamy). He is survived by his four granddaughters; Tori Whitmore Bristol (Husband Steve), Kari Whitmore Dockins (Husband Steven), Audrey Rollins James (Husband Will) and Caroline Rollins. He is also survived by his great grandson Aaron Nettesheim (Son to Kari Dockins).
Honored brother, husband and father, he will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him.
***MEMORIAL SERVICE LOCATION CHANGE***
Celebration of Life Service for Henry Rollins
Date: Saturday April 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234
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Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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