RANELL (NELL) LEE CHANEY ROLLINS

June 30, 1919 - Feb. 1, 2014.
Long-time Lubbock resident, Ranell Chaney Rollins, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. A visitation will be held at Sanders Funeral Home in Lubbock, Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 11 a.m., in Neil Chapel at Carillon House. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Ranell was born on a farm “Near” Judd, Texas on June 30, 1919 to Margerie Pearl Collier Chaney and John Calloway Chaney. The family moved to Post to allow Ranell and her sister to attend school. She graduated from Post High School in 1936 at the age of 17 and attended Texas Tech in the spring. By then her parents had purchased a farm near Littlefield. She graduated from Texas Tech in 1940 and began teaching school at Fieldton (just down the road from her parent’s farm). While at Fieldton she taught English and was the girls’ basketball coach. She then moved to teach in Littlefield in 1941 and accepted a job as a Speech/English teacher in Ft Stockton, Texas in 1942. She always said she kept changing schools until she could teach the classes she wanted. She taught Speech and English in Fort Stockton for four and ½ years. There she met Jack A. Rollins of Fort Stockton who had recently returned from the war after two combat tours in Europe. Jack had already agreed to take a job in the Philippines and reported there in August of 1946. She accompanied Jack’s sister and brother-in-law by ship to the Philippines, leaving San Francisco on Feb. 19, 1947. The couple was married on March 12, 1947 at the Navy chapel in Manila. While they were in the Philippines, their son, John, was born in May 1948. The family returned to Texas, settling in Lubbock in 1950. A second son, David, was born in 1954. Ranell was active in the First Baptist Church of Lubbock and in the Lubbock Woman’s club. She served as a den mother and supported the two boys in their scouting activities. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. Her husband, Jack, passed away in 2005. She had been living at Carillon Assisted Living facility in Lubbock since 2006. Survivors include two sons; John Rollins of Southlake and wife, Dee, and David Rollins of Denver City and wife, Christy; grandson, Paul Rollins of Austin; granddaughters, Julia C. Lewis of Culver City, Ca., Dana Rollins of Houston, Carly Rollins of College Station; three great-grandsons; nieces, Judy Puckett of Arlington, and Gail Layman of Mercer Island, Wash.; nephews, Michael Shipman of Corpus Christi, Richard Laurence of San Rafael, Calif., Charles Freet of Spring, and Tom Freet of Highland Village. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boy Scouts or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.
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