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Earnest H. Roland

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Earnest H. Roland, 84, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born on May 16, 1927 in Sweet Owen to the late Henry and Edith Howell Roland. He was a United States Marine veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a tank commander and a staff sergeant. He also served with the Merchant Marines. He worked for Formica Corporation in Evendale, Ohio.
Earnest was a member of the Beacon Hill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Senior Adult “Joshua” Sunday School class. He loved the Lord and his church wherever he lived including Madison Ave. Baptist and Southside Baptist Church of Covington.  He was an active hiker, square dancer, and loved to watch UK Basketball. He was a lifetime member of Somerset Masonic Lodge #111, Somerset.
Mr. Roland especially loved his wife, son, and grandchildren. He married Hazel Earlene Works Roland on Feb. 9, 1957 in Covington and she survives him.
Along with his wife, he is survived by a son, David (and Margaret) Roland of Rome, Ga.; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Daniel, and Allison Roland; two sisters, Alice Lewis of Fairfield Glade, Tenn. and Ruby (and Chuck) Carr of Fairfield Glade, Tenn. ; his cousins, Eddie, Julian, and Delbert Keith of Owenton; and a sister-in-law, Flora Roland of Erlanger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Juanita Fitzpatrick; and two brothers, Charles and Gene Roland.
The funeral services were held Feb. 6 at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church, S. Hwy 27 in Somerset. Dr. John Mark Toby and the Rev. Sam Adkins officiated. Interment was in the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy. The American Legion Post #38 Honor Guard conducted military honors for Mr. Roland.
Somerset Masonic Lodge #111 conducted masonic rites for Mr. Roland at Beacon Hill Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to BCM Summer Missions at Shorter University, 315 Shorter Ave., Rome, Ga., 30165.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Earnest H. Roland.