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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

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Rollin Pyles turns 100, honored by Taylor County officials

2017-07-18 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo from the family.
Sheila Pyles Bryant shared this photo of her father, Rollin K. Pyles being presented a proclamation on his 100th birthday by Taylor County Judge Executive Eddie Rogers, left, and Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young at right. She said, "It's not often that one gets to announce an event such as this The celebration of 100 years of life! On July 17, 1917, Rollin Keith Pyles was born in a little house on Hwy 206 [outside of Columbia]. He has lived through World Wars, The Great Depression, and seen more in his lifetime than we ever have or will. He has known poverty and abundance ... gain and loss ... success and failure. But through it all, he keeps his faith in The Almighty, and continues to be an example to us all on how to handle this thing called "life". He's definitely a pro at it!" -- SPB

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Grands together, one at age 100 and one at six months

2017-07-20 - Taylor County, KY - Photo Courtesy of Lynn Beard.
"Izzie Mae Bryant, little daughter of Easton and Mercedes Cox Bryant, enjoyed the 100th birthday celebration of her Great-Granddad, Rollin Pyles, at Bluegrass Way in Campbellsville, Ky, where he lives on July 17, 2017. There is a 99 1/2 year age span!" - LB

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Rollin Pyles turns 100, celebrated by hundreds

2017-07-24 - Taylor County, KY - Photo from family collection.
Rollin Keith Pyles is pictured at left looking strong and healthy on his 100th birthday. In the group photo at right he is shown with his immediate family -- in back from left, his children Jerry, Sheila (proudly holding the proclamation in her dad's honor) and Harry at right. Seated beside Rollin is his sister Lyla. -- LW

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Many family and friends honored Rollin Pyles at 100th year

2017-07-30 - Trinity United Methodist Church - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The birthday boy, after his 100th birthday celebration week grand event at his home church in Columbia, is seated in the car with his son Harry Pyles. Loving family, minus a few who couldn't make it for the quick photo, are on both sides of him in two photos patched together. Starting on the left of Rollin are Dennis Stilger, Larry Russell Bryant, Grace Stilger, Brady Bryant, Mercedes Cox Bryant holding Izzie Mae Bryant, Easton Bryant, Paula Pyles, and Rollin's daughter Sheila Pyles Bryant. To the right of Rollin and Harry are Rollin's son Jerry Pyles, in back, and Jax Kemp, Jagger Kemp, Josh Kemp, Abby Bryant, Jasper Kemp, Jaylee Kemp holding Hayes Spoon, Connor Walton, Jennifer Kemp, Melissa Giles, Dr. Charles Giles, and Chaz Giles; in front of Jerry are Isaac Rodgers, Maddox Rodgers, Myles Spoon, Addison and Anslie Spoon, Charlie Rodgers, Carmen Pyles, Natalie Pyles, Rachelle Rodgers holding Rhett Rodgers, Alison Pyles and Stacey Fuqua.

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