August 13, 1948 – July 6, 2018
State Representative Ron Lollar, (R-Bartlett), passed away Friday, July 6, 2018. He was 69. Rep. Lollar was a 1967 graduate of North Side High School in Jackson, TN. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps, receiving numerous military awards, including the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Navy Commendation Medal. After serving in the Marines, Rep. Lollar went on to earn his Associates Degree in History from Jackson State Community College and a B.S. in Political Science from Austin Peay State University. He continued to serve in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Ceremonial White House Guard during the Reagan Administration. He was a member of the Shelby County School Board, a Lifetime P.T.A. member, and a charter member of the Arlington Kiwanis Club. His other affiliations included Memphis Jaycees, Pi Kappa Alpha, F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge, V.F.W., and American Legion.
Rep. Lollar was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006 and continued to serve in that capacity for the remainder of his life. He was a tireless advocate for Shelby County and will be remembered for his work to strengthen education. A member of the Veterans Caucus, he was an outspoken champion of Veterans issues.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.,Tuesday July 10, 2018 at Faith Baptist Church, 3755 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN where he was a member. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, with interment to follow at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN.
Rep. Lollar is survived by his wife, Brenda Lollar of Bartlett; daughters, Kelly Lollar of Bartlett and Shelby Lollar of Vanleer, TN; son, Matthew Lollar of Bartlett; mother, Elizabeth Lollar of Jackson, TN; sister, Martha Lynn Millrany of Collierville; brother, Dr. Don Lollar of Lexington, KY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Tennessee Veterans Home, PO Box 655, Cordova, TN 38088. http://www.veterans-home.com/
- West Tennessee Veterans Home
- Lollar family will receive friends Tuesday, July 10, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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July 11, 2018
The Good Samaritan
Unknowingly, we were both traveling the same route in 2002, from Memphis to Nashville. My husband and I were to catch a plane after visiting family. Like an omen, Ron was to attend a visitation. We met on the side of the road as he responded to the waving arms of distress. Others stopped as well. Ron, in his dark suit, tall and in command with his offers of help, is the one I remember. My husband had experienced a heart attack. We removed him from the car and began CPR until an ambulance arrived. Having released our charge to the professionals, the small community of like minded people didn't know what to do next, but needed something more. In the median of I 40 outside Dixon, a circle of strangers held hands as Ron led us in a prayer of healing , comfort and safe travels down a road I did not want to take. Ron went on to Nashville. Between two squad cars, I processed to Dixon hospital. My husband had not survived. For Ron, it wouldn't do that he was returning to his family and I was grieving without family or friend. He found me and with a big hug said, "If you were my wife or daughter, I wouldn't want them sitting alone". He remained until my family arrived from Memphis. Ron was not just a good Samaritan, but a friend, my only friend that day. I never saw him again until the visitation, when I could press my hand to his chest to say thank you and safe travels.
Lifting this sweet family up in prayer. -Denise Stewart
July 10, 2018
Ron served with t he 9th Marines in Vietnam. I talked to him about Hamburger Hill. He told me there was a little known fact that the 9th Marines took part in this battle.
He respected his time in the Corps. It was an honor to fight in Vietnam. Ron also helped get free Liscense Plates for valor awarded vets. At one time only Purple Heart vets received the free Plates. Not to discredit the PH; but it is the 7th highest award while the valor awards are rated higher. I worked with Ron and pointed out this out with a letter and he took it from there. Ron will be missed by all of us. Semper Fi and prayers to his Family.