Lance Corporal Charles Richard "Pawpaw Butch" Rolen, 69, 115 Bancroft Road, Gaffney, died at home June 14, 2012. A native of Swain County, NC, he is the husband of Barbara Batchler Rolen of the home and a son of the late Charles Cramer and Zenia Gladys Smith Rolen. He was a member of Mt. Whitaker Baptist Church in Blacksburg, SC. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961-1965. He was a Life Member of the Marine Corps League, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired paramedic having worked with Upstate Carolina Medical Center for 22 years.
In addition to his loving wife, Barbara, he is survived by one son - Daniel Turner III and wife, Ashley, of Blacksburg, SC; three daughters - Tabitha Harrison and husband, Bill, of Gastonia, NC; Abigail Rolen of Gastonia, NC; and Ellen Owen and husband, Michael, of Blacksburg, SC. Eight grandchildren - Ashley Adams, Amber Adams, Katie Francis and Holden "Stormy" Rolen all of Gastonia, NC; Charles "Hammer" Rolen of the home; and Marilyn Turner, Clay Turner and Denny Turner all of Blacksburg, SC. Two great-grandchildren - Caiden Lee Adams and Azrial Adams both of Gastonia, NC. Three brothers - Thomas Rolen and wife, Danette, of Pigeon Forge, TN; Steve Rolen and wife, Nancy, of Gastonia, NC; and Joe Rolen of Dallas, NC. One sister - Rose Worley and husband, Eric, of Gastonia, NC.
Pawpaw was respected and loved by his family, many friends and co-workers. He enjoyed fishing, farming, baseball(he was an avid Chicago Cubs fan), riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his wife and family. He enjoyed singing in the choir and worshiping with his Mt. Whitaker Church Family.
Respecting his wishes, no funeral service was held.
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