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What a week for Rollin Pyles as he turned 100 years young
By Linda Waggener
What a week for Rollin Pyles and his children and their families as they celebrated 100 years of Rollin's life on this earth. With family businesses in both Taylor and Adair Counties, and countless acts of generosity having touched so many, his reach has been far and wide.
A large crowd participated in the first celebration in Campbellsville where he lives now. It took place on his actual birthday, July 17, 2017, and included the proclamation below from city officials there.
The celebrating continued up to and into a second celebration held Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbia for his Adair County family and friends.
It was fitting that he should sit in a place of honor in the beautiful red brick church on the hill just outside Columbia that he helped lead the way to build.
Ed and I went to the second celebration, the Columbia celebration, just to visit a minute, acknowledge his many gifts to the area and his multitude of kindnesses shared over the years, and to wish him many more birthdays.
So did hundreds of other well-wishers and the fellowship hall at Trinity UMC stayed packed. There was a waiting line even before the event started. There was a mountain of cards which will surely provide him reading entertainment until his 101st birthday. And folks like us, who'd waited to arrive until the second hour of the two-hour event, got to wish him well from a distance as he was leaving because he told his children he had to go, needing to rest and recover from the week of birthday celebrating -- and that was completely understandable!
The Proclamation below lists the highlights of his contributions. We'll reflect here that from knowing him and his lovely wife, the late Pina Lee Rich Pyles, (written about by Dr. Phil Aaron at this link), and their children, the contributions are simply too many to put into words.
PROCLAMATION -- Rollin Pyles Day, July 17, 2017.
Whereas, Rollin was finance chairman of Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbia KY for 25 years, and
Whereas, he was chairman of the building committee during that time, building a million-dollar church on Campbellsville Road, and
Whereas, Rollin was president of the local Chamber of Commerce for two terms, and
Whereas, he served on the Columbia City Council for six terms, and
Whereas, he was also on the Lindsey Wilson College Board of trustees for 12 years, and
Whereas, he was very active in the Republican party, and
Whereas, he was on the Airport Board for 25 years, and
Whereas, he always believed in giving back to the community and that you could never out give God, and
Whereas, he is most proud of the fact that he sent all his children to pharmacy school,
Therefore be it resolved, I, Tony Young, mayor of the city of Campbellsville, do hereby proclaim July 17, 2017 as Rollin Pyles Day.
S/ Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers
S/ Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young
This story was posted on 2017-07-24 22:19:38
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