Bruce Rollins

Published 9:07 am Monday, July 29, 2019

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Bruce Rollins, 78, of Mocksville, died on Friday, July 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 31, 1940 in the Durham County Hospital to the late Herman and Norma Rollins. His mother died a few days after his birth, and his birth father, Herman, allowed him to be adopted as an infant to Noah and Mae Rollins, and he was raised in Pine Level on a farm.

After graduation from Pine Level School, he moved to Raleigh and began a career in the grocery business. Being transferred shortly thereafter to Sanford, it was there he courted and married Ruth Anne Mann on Dec. 29, 1963. Through numberous moves, they settled in Mocksville in February of 1972, where he worked as manager of B.C. Moore’s Department Store on the Mocksville Town Square.

He loved Davie County and its people. He gave back to the community through service in the Davie Hospital Auxiliary, the Mocksville Elementary School PTA and the Mocksville Downtown Merchants Assoc. In the 1990s, he owned and operated Sweet Lover’s Haven Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop in Downtown Mocksville, where he enjoyed serving and visiting many families and friends. He was instrumental in working with the Piedmont CARS Assoc. to bring cruise-ins to downtown.

Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Ruth Anne Mann Rollins of the home; a son, Lee Rollins (Melissa) of Mocksville; a daughter, Marybruce Chandler (Scott) of Advance; 3 grandchildren, Bo, Garrett and Lillie; 2 sisters, Annie Mae Batten of Selma, and Carol Atkins (Carl) of Hillsborough; a special nephew, Warren Moore (Nancy) of Little Washington; a mother-in-law, Margie Mann of Sanford; and numberous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be conducted on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Mocksville, where he was a member. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials: First Baptist, c/o Building Fund, 412 N. Main St., Mocksville; or to a local charity of choice.