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Sheryl Leneice Clark Rollins, Esq.

Knoxville, TN

Sheryl Leneice Clark Rollins, Esq., age 69, a native of Knoxville, departed this life on February 14, 2019 at University of Tennessee Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. Although, her illness limited her ability to get out and

travel, she continued to help others from the comfort of her own living room and through the use of technology and other sources. Her quest to fight for the rights of others has left an indelible mark on this community. Mrs. Rollins' legacy will forever be known as Foot soldier fighter for change, a strong voice for those who could not speak for themselves and a steadfast determined leader standing up for those who were treated unfairly. She was the "voice of reason."

Sheryl Leneice Clark Rollins held a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she excelled academically by graduating Magna Cum Laude, (High Honors). She earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee, School of Law, 1992. She attended the Institute of International and Comparative Law, at Oxford University, in Oxford, England, 1991. She was one of 50 scholars who accepted an invitation to participate in Harvard University's Symposium on W.E.B. Dubois, at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She was a Mellow Fellow in Public Interest Law at the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program. Her life of serving included, being elected as President of the Knoxville Branch of the NAACP; former member of the following: Board of Trustee, Knox County Public Library; Personnel Committee, Knox County 911; Knoxville Museum of Art and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

Mrs. Rollins was married to the late Civil Rights Icon, Avon William Rollins, Sr. for over 43 years.

Preceded in death by her husband; mother, Patricia Clark Wright; brother, Kenneth Wayne Wright, aunt, Julia Luvenia Yette Rhineheart and granddaughter, Erica Nicole Rollins.

Left to mourn her passing are son, Avon William (Elizabeth Jean) Rollins, Jr.; daughter, Avondria Rollins; grandchildren: Avon William Rollins, III, and Nkosi Jevon Rollins, Giavonni Rollins-Andrews, Amariana Rollins-Steele and Glen and DaQuan Davis; great grand-children: Micayah Rollins, Micah Rollins, Micaiah Rollins, Jaceyion Rollins, Jayde Rollins, Jacqueline Rollins, Avon William Rollins, IV, Jevon King Rollins, Alani Rollins, Lael Davis and Kamani Casey; family from Greenville, Tennessee; godmother, Andrenia Manning; goddaughters Angela Sparkman, Jessica Lomax Bowers, Jennifer Lomax Garrett and a host of other family and special friends to include Carol Scott, Patricia Netherland and family, Yvonne and Dr. Stan L. Bowie, Diane and Reverend John Jordan, Patricia Wykle, Donald and Cynthia Smith, Peggy Gaiter and family, Harriet Johnson, Judy Burke, Cynthia J. Finch, Gerald Jones and Marilyn Hudson, Esq.; Holston High School and the United Class of 1967 and many others.

Friday, February 22, 2019, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a Homegoing Celebration and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's "Ivy Beyond the Wall" Ceremony to follow at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville, Tennessee. Pastor Daryl W. Arnold, Senior Pastor, Reverend Dr. Cleo Brooks of Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church as the Officiant and Reverend Dr. Charles Darden of St. John AME Zion Church, Rocky Mountain, NC as the Eulogist. Immediately following the service, Mrs. Rollins will be laid to rest at Mount Olive Cemetery, 2500 Mayrville Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee where a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church the morning of the service. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 21, 2019.
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June 12, 2019
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
March 20, 2019
May you take comfort in the fact that god will make you firm and he will make you strong in your time of sorrow
February 22, 2019
To the entire family of my longtime childhood Friend Sheryl. Sending my Heartfelt Condolences. Sheryl, Kenny Wayne & Granny (her grandmother) will be greatly missed. We grew up together. Four doors down the street from each other. So many Cherish Memories I will Always Cherish.
May God Send Down His Guardian Angel's To Give The Entire Family Strength and Comfort During This Time and The Days Ahead.
Rest In Paradise My Dear Friend Sheryl
Deborah Hopewell- Jackson
February 21, 2019
Sorry for your loss
February 21, 2019
So sorry to hear about the passing of this dynamic woman. She was a caring wife mother and loved her family. She cared about the community of Knoxville but her talents, expertise, were far reaching and respected.
Rollins Family God will give you comfort.
James and Dorothy Ware
February 21, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time. And may the 'God of all Comfort' soothe your hearts and ease your pain.
February 21, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May you receive strength and comfort from God. "He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you." - 1Peter 5:10
February 21, 2019
To The Rollins and Clark Family

We are so sorry to hear about Sheryl's passing. She was a kind and carrying woman. Sheryl was also very passionate about her family, community and career as an attorney. Our prayers are with the family. May God continue to keep his loving arms around each of you during and beyond this difficult time.
Elaine Johnson and Family
February 21, 2019
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February 20, 2019
I had the pleasure of being this phenomenal Queen's caregiver and she taught me a lot. She always gave me ways to handle certain situations and was always willing to help in any way. I enjoyed our conversations. Sheryl,you will truly be missed. Go take your rightful place in heaven. Sleep easy sweet lady.
Cheryl Alsup
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