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John "Johnny" Earl Rollyson III, of Monumental, passed peacefully from this life Friday (April 21, 2017) at Genesis Healthcare in Fairmont.
John was born in Maryland, on Oct. 23, 1969, to John Earl Rollyson II and Margaret Hahn (nee Roberts).
John grew up in Maryland, but was a West Virginia boy at heart. Visits to his grandparents' bucolic home in Monumental were a highlight of his childhood summers. As an adult, and before his grandparents' deaths, he moved to Monumental with his late mother and stepfather, Jim Hahn, where they built and shared a beautiful home surrounded by God's creation. It was the sanctuary he always spoke of and yearned for.
His favorite things were meditating on God's word, being close to nature and visiting extended family. Toward the end of his life, John became involved with the Disability Action Center in Fairmont, where he was able to enjoy a variety of activities and programs.
John enjoyed going to the movies, going out to eat and spending time with his loving stepfather, and friend, Jim. He loved spending time with family, talking about God and biblical studies and spending time in prayer. John was a sensitive and beautiful soul. The eloquence in which he spoke about God and the poignancy of his words when leading a group in prayer was a beautiful experience to be part of.
John is survived by his stepfather, Jim Hahn of Monumental; family friend, Mary Jane Lavender; uncles, Bruce Roberts (wife Linda) also of Monumental, Charlie Roberts (wife Crystal) of Toano, Virginia; aunt, Rachel Stockdale (nee Roberts) (husband Terri) of Falls Creek, Pennsylvania; as well as adoring cousins, Sonja Kinzer (nee Roberts) of Baltimore, Maryland, Shana Kazniski (nee Roberts) of Martinsburg, Erin Price (nee Roberts) of Barrackville, Satin Marshall (nee Whitehair) of Penn Run, Pennsylvania, and Tom Whitehair of Wilmington, Delaware.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Hahn (nee Roberts) of Monumental; father, John Earl Rollyson II, also of West Virginia; and grandparents, Burris Eugene Roberts and Dorothy Helen Roberts of Monumental.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disability Action Center, 102 Benoni Ave., Fairmont, where they are dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities and their families with the support, knowledge and resources they need to reach their greatest level of independence.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Jule Sole, executive director, Lauren Hixenbaugh, program coordinator, and all his friends at the D.A.C. and to Pastor Larry Buckland and congregants at Faith United Methodist Church in Fairmont, where he enjoyed spending much of his free time.
A private memorial and interment will take place at a date to be determined.
Published on April 26, 2017
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