Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 30, 2013

Albert Wayne Roland Sr.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Albert Wayne Roland Sr., age 82, of Hurricane Ridge Road, Bluefield, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born on November 3, 1930 in Ada, he was a son of the late Ed and Lucinda Rose Roland. He had been a lifelong resident of Bluefield and had lived most of his life on a farm, which he loved. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from Norfolk & Southern Railroad. He was a member of Ada Chapel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Louise Francisco Roland; his sons, Albert Wayne Roland Jr. and Mark Roland; sisters, Agnes Wimmer, Lucy Allen, and Lettie Neal; brother, Edgar Roland; half brothers, Jessie Rose, Arie Roland, Oaky Roland, Elmer Roland and Mason Roland; and a half sister, Mary Collins.

Survivors include: Wife: Alice Honaker Roland of the home; daughters: Diann Worley and husband Gary of Bluefield, Connie Surface and husband David of Bluewell, Kathy French and husband Mike of Troutville, Va.; son: Tommy Roland and wife Tamera of Bluefield; seven grandchildren: Jason Worley and wife Sarah, Amanda Lewis and husband Michael, Stephanie Winfrey and husband Darin, Amber Stacy and husband Brian, Justin Surface, Shane French, Joshua French and wife Kimberly; six great-grandchildren: Bryce, Brystal, Ty, Taylor, Noah and Evan; brother: Kenneth Roland of Bluefield; sister: Ruth Anderson of Maryland; several stepchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. James Bassett officiating. Burial will follow at the Roland Family Cemetery on Hurricane Ridge with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Military honors will be performed by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family may be reached at the home of Connie Surface, Rt. 20, Bluewell, 304-589-7202.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.