Bobby Ray Roland, age 80, while surrounded by his loving family, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at his residence in Marion.

A native of Yancey County, North Carolina, born December 27, 1937, he was the son of the late John and Vonnie Self Roland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bobby Sue Jones Roland, who passed away on May 10, 1977. A former member of the Marion Moose Family Center 1705, Bobby enjoyed relaxing by going fishing. Having been self employed for his entire work life, Mr. Roland had done dozing and logging and owned Roland Trucking, but mainly operated Roland Well Drilling.

He is survived by three children, Gary Lee Roland (Judy), Karen Jane Roland and Edward Keith Roland; four brothers, Troy Roland (Betty), Weasle Roland (Inez), Jack Roland and Wayne Roland (Gail). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate the life of Bobby will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service, with Pastor John Hutchins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Roland's memory are asked to consider CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care-McDowell, P.O. 25338, Asheville, North Carolina 28813,

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Roland family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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