Charles D. Rollins, 78, of 1677 Maine St., died at 1:12 a.m. Friday (March 29, 2013) in the Good Samaritan Home. A son of the late Franklin Cleatus Rollins and Sarah Alice Ethridge Rollins, Charles was born in rural Hollis, Okla., on April 29, 1934. He graduated from Dumas High School, Dumas, Texas, in 1952 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961. During the years between high school and college, Charles served proudly in the United States Navy. After training in San Diego, he was assigned to the Algiers Naval Station in New Orleans for a year, and then for the remainder of his four-year enlistment served in the Pacific Fleet aboard the USS Naifeh (DE 352) and the USS John R. Craig (DD 885). He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After college, Charles accepted a position with the Social Security Administration, working for the first three years in a district office in El Paso, Texas. He then transferred to the agency's headquarters in Baltimore where he worked primarily in the areas of policy, regulations and administration, serving as the agency's regulations officer for the last several years of his career. He had a strong interest in historical and architectural preservation, and in his spare time enjoyed working with his good friend, Riddell L. Noble, restoring vintage homes and shopping for antiques and other collectibles. Charles also had a keen interest in genealogical and historical research, and in his retirement years spent many happy hours (and miles) pursuing these endeavors. He was an active participant in community organizations while living in Baltimore and was supportive of various nonprofit organizations in Quincy. Charles is survived by his long-time friend, Riddell L. Noble, of Quincy; a brother-in-law, Thomas R. Lipscomb, of Austin; a niece, Barbara Lipscomb, of Austin; two nephews, James T. (Robin) Lipscomb of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Richard C. Lipscomb of Clear Lake, Texas; a grand-nephew, Nicholas Lipscomb of Houston; a grand-niece, Katelyn Lipscomb of San Marcos, Texas; and a special cousin, Eva Nelson Beckner, of Moody, Texas. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by Melba June Rollins Lipscomb, his only sibling. SERVICES: Cremations rites were accorded. Friends and family are invited to attend graveside services, which will be held at a later date in Woodland Cemetery. VISITATION: There will be no visitation. MEMORIALS: Blessing Cancer Center or the Quincy Humane Society. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2013