Graham Douglas Rollings Sr.

Published 7:10 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. — Graham Douglas Rollings Sr., 83, a retired Master Sgt. and paratrooper, died on Sept. 21, 2018.

Graham Douglas Rollings Sr.

He was a native of Southampton County, and one of 10 children born to Samuel Herman and Ethel Claire Simmons Rollings.

He was the widower of Freda Hatcher Rollings, his wife of 30 years, and Billie C. Rollings. He was divorced from two other wives who predeceased him, Brenda J. Barnes (Rollings) Stephenson and Genola Woodard Rollings. He was also predeceased by a son, Graham Douglas Rollings Jr.; two sisters, Edith Rollings Vick and Christine Rollings Britton; and six brothers, Herman Earl, Samuel Godfrey, Gilbert Stuart, Robert Kilby, Francis Hylton and James Marshall Rollings.

Graham served for 21 years with duties in the Special Forces, 82nd Airborne Division and 173D Airborne Brigade, with two tours in Vietnam and duties in Korea, Okinawa and Germany.

He was chapter chairman for 5 years and a life member of the 82nd and 173D Airborne Associations.

Graham was awarded the Good Conduct Medal with the Silver Clasp; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic;) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea;) National Defense Service Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Presidential Unit Citation; Army Service Ribbon; Army Commendation Medal; Parachute Badge; 30/5 Bar; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3;) Overseas Ribbon; Meritorious Service Medal; and was retained in service for 8 days for the Convenience of the Government.

He was a life member of the VFW, DAV and a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his children, Paul D (Rollings) Harte (Tina) of Williamsburg, Virginia; Penny Rollings Hite (Larry) of Spring Grove, Virginia; and Sharon Rollings Sweatt of Imo, South Carolina; and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived also by his sister, Jean Rollings Holland of Winter Garden, Florida, who is the last of the 10 children living.

Graham’s burial was at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, at 2 p.m.