Paul Elwyn Rollins, Sr., passed away, November 5, 2022, following years of declining health.
A native of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Elwyn Moorer Rollins and Grace Elizabeth Smith Rollins. Paul was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and later from The Citadel, class of 1963. After graduation, he honorably served his country as an officer in the United States Army, stationed in Fort Jackson. During this time, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. Following graduation, Captain Rollins was stationed at Fort Blix, TX, for additional training in air defense and artillery. He served in Korea and received an honorable discharge in August 1969. After his military service, Mr. Rollins returned to Spartanburg and practiced law for many years. He was also a general contractor for over 40 years. Later in life, Mr. Rollins became an Alfac Insurance Agent.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a Mason, Shriner, and Deacon of Canaan Baptist Church in Cordova, SC. Paul was a member of the Citadel Alumni Association, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association where he was inducted into both South and North Carolina Hall of Fame.
Mr. Rollins is survived by his wife, Rita J. Rydin Rollins of Hinsdale, IL; his children, Paul Rollins, Jr. of Pickens, SC, Beth Carter of Spartanburg, SC, Ashley Ferrara of Alabama, April Hughes of North Carolina, Ronald Rydin of Indian Head Park, IL, and Russell Rydin of Downers Grove, IL; his grandchildren, Mitchelle Hardee, Bentley Carter, Charles Rollins, Tessa Rydin, Boone Ferrara, Boden Ferrara; and a sister, Ann Ellstrom.
Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023 in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307, conducted by The Rev. Alan Woodward. Visitation will follow the service at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Citadel, M. Company, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel