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William James Rollins

February 5, 1965April 6, 2021

William J. Rollins better known as Billy to family and friends was granted his angel wings on April 6th 2021. Billy’s life would seem short to many but those touched by him understood the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His light brought so much joy to so many and will live in our hearts forever. Billy is survived by his loving parents Bill and Pat Rollins, sister Kim Whitmill and brother Brett Rollins. A service will be held for him on Saturday April 10th at 2pm at Huntt Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf, Maryland

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Angela Eatmon

April 15, 2021

My prayers and condolences to the Rollins family. I actually just received the news of Bill’s passing today when I contacted CSM to make a follow up appointment with him. I just spoke to Bill a few months ago so this took me by surprise. I’ve taken several classes with CSM over the last few years and always went to Mr. Rollins since he was familiar with Veterans Affairs. He was always so happy, bubbly, and always smiling. Even when I ran into him a few times after work, his happy go lucky demeanor was always the same. He will surely be missed.

~Angela

Patrice Rohde

April 12, 2021

Bill was first my academic advisor at CSM and later my co-worker. He always seemed to be enjoying a private joke, but he was too kind to ever laugh at the expense of others. On the other hand, he refused to take himself too seriously. We enjoyed talking about languages, and he took great joy in sharing the upset he once caused when he called a young lady friend from South Korea a term of endearment in the US that meant quite the opposite in Korean! His greatest joy was helping students accomplish their goals. We knew he always had our backs, and the same went for co-workers. Thank you, Bill, for believing in us more than we did ourselves.

Jehnell Linkins

April 10, 2021

ROLO,
I referred to him as ROLO and Bill would call me SWEETS! You will be missed! Bill and I worked together for many years in ACS. Bill worked hard on behalf of the Students. He would go above and beyond to help a student. When students completed the Graduation Application he would have a personal graduation with each student in the Office Lobby.

One of his goals was to be a contestant on Jeopardy. Rolo would spend hours reviewing. Another thing you may not know about Bill, He had the best hearing of any human ever. Rolo could hear conversations down the hall. One late night while working we we swamped with students, I yelled from my office : Rolo can you help me see some of these students? He pretended not the hear me. I blared the Jeopardy Music very loud from my computer. He came running out of his office, looking confused. I said: " ROLO, I knew you heard me calling you!". ( I think that was the first time I ever saw him a little mad). I laughed right in his face, then he laughed. We laughed until we were SILLY! Needless to say, that was the beginning of our weekly Trivia conversations about LIFE!
Bill was always willing to assist in any way possible.

Rest Easy ROLO!
Sweets!

Mona Weber

April 10, 2021

I have had the privilege of knowing Bill for over 13 years.
He would always welcome me with a smile when I visited the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) at the Waldorf Center while I worked at UMUC, then Towson University, then Notre Dame University. In the last three years, I had the opportunity to work with him at CSM. We shared the love of traveling and cuisine from different countries. We had a standing date to eat at the local Indian Restaurant which I will continue to do in his honor. There are many things for which he will be remembered, but what I will never forget is his sense of humor, the love of working with students, and that smile. He will be greatly missed.

Kellie Jamison

April 9, 2021

I ‘m so thankful to have had the opportunity to know Bill during my time at CSM. Bill was never without a smile on his face or a pep in his step. Bill always went the extra mile for CSM students. Whenever it appeared a student might require mental health support, he’d personally escort them up to my office versus just telling them where I was located. Bill’s commitment to his role and to CSM students was unwavering and will be greatly missed! Rest In Peace Bill...🕊

Krista Keyes

April 9, 2021

I worked with Bill at the library when I first came at CSM in 2005. We worked the late shift and it was often just the two of us, so we had a lot of time to chat and become friends. I was applying to graduate school at the time and Bill was so genuinely excited for me. He loved talking about travel. He was such an enthusiastic and incredibly kind person. In the years since returning to CSM to teach, I always loved running into him on campus. He was a joyful, caring advisor who cared so deeply about students and their futures. I know he showed every student the same genuine enthusiasm he showed me back when we worked together. He has touched so many lives, and CSM will not be the same place without him. We were so very lucky to know him.

Laura Robins

April 9, 2021

Bill truly walked the walk and talked the talk at CSM-students were at the center of everything he did. He was consistently kind, witty, and wise. Reading these wonderful memories and comments, I understand how many lives he touched in a powerful and positive way.

May we hold him in our hearts, keeping his spirit and guidance in our everyday lives. May his memory be a comfort to us all. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are mourning this very sad and premature loss.

Tori Peele

April 9, 2021

Praying for all of Bill’s family, friends, and loved ones endlessly.

Bill’s an inspiration to us all at the college. I used to tell him when advising I always tried to remember “What Would Bill Do” when meeting with students. He listened, was fully present in his conversations, and would do anything he could to help. He was a friend to all, never rushed a conversation, and always lived to teach. When I would bring him a problem, he would not only help me with the situation, but explain and teach me through it. If I had never done something, he would say well today’s the day you’re going to learn. We used to sit next to each other in meetings and when I would get a little too passionate, he’d always be there to give me a little kick to tell me I made my point already and stop while I was ahead. I’ll miss those kicks, his smile, words of advice, stories of his travels, and his heart.

Shirley Jasper

April 9, 2021

I will never forget his welcoming personality every time I saw him. He will be missed dearly by his colleagues. My thought and
prayers to his family.

Shelby Potts

April 9, 2021

Bill was the heart of the advising office. He made time for everyone and even though he would have a line of people waiting for him, he never rushed a conversation. Bill always greeted me with a smile on his face and positive words. I will miss his advise and camaraderie. He embodied "service to others" and did it to perfection. I'll miss you Bill!
Shelby

FROM THE FAMILY