Holman Rolley, a retired forklift operator, died Wednesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a short illness. He was 79.
The Marion, Ala., native was educated in the Marion school system.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1951 and in the Army Reserve from 1951 to 1956.
He worked for Harrison Radiator in Buffalo as a forklift driver for 31 years, retiring in 1984.
Mr. Rolley was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church choir and enjoyed bowling and fishing.
Surviving are his wife of 13 years, the former Edith M. Douthard; a daughter, Juanita Irvy of Antioch, Tenn,; five sons, William A. of San Francisco, Gary of Hayward, Calif., Anthony of Alameda, Calif., Alphonso of Gadsden, Ala., and Delbert of San Leandro, Calif.; six sisters, Rebecca Jones, Chenista Rolley and Exie Kenard, all of Gadsden, Ala., Martha Gilmore and Lovie Bates, both of Cincinnati, and Mary Howze of Buffalo; three brothers, Earl and Nathaniel, both of Cincinnati, and Isaac of Gadsden; 33 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Monday in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St., following a wake at 11. Burial will be in Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Marion, Ala.