Catherine Baker Rollins, long-time resident of Alexandria, VA, passed peacefully of natural causes on Friday, February 24, 2023, in Columbia, SC, surrounded by family. Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Samuel H Rollins of Alexandria VA, and survived by her two children, J Rollins and wife Candace of Palm Desert CA, and Joycellen Rollins of Fort Myers FL, as well as her three grandchildren, Jessica Rollins Jackson and husband Neil Jackson of Columbia, SC, Hope Leigh Rollins of Palm Springs CA, and Mariah Jae Rollins of Brooklyn, NY, and her 4 great-grandchildren Greyson Green of North Miami Beach, FL, and Henry Liam Jackson, Samuel O’Neill Jackson and Emmy Grace Jackson of Columbia SC.
Catherine was born in Covington VA in 1928 and was predeceased by her parents, John and Edna Baker, her brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews. She met and married Sam and returned to live in Alexandria in 1954 and they were married for 38 years until his passing in 1992. Catherine remained in Alexandria until 2018 when she relocated to the Lowman Lutheran Home of South Carolina.
Catherine was a 68-year member of the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA where she attended faithfully and served in numerous ministries and committees over her years there. She was a founder of the Fellowship of Christian Clowns, and took great joy when she became “Honey Bee” the clown.
A viewing will be at Everley-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302, from 2 to 4 PM and 5:30 - 7 PM on Friday, March 17, 2023. Her homegoing service will be at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street, Alexandria VA at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 18, 2023. There will be a Celebration of Life also at First Baptist in the Faith Activities Center following the service hosted by the family. Catherine touched many lives and those whose lives she touched are asked to join the family and share thoughts and reflections of her impact on their life.
A private interment will be held at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria VA, on Monday, March 20, where she will be laid to eternal rest next to her husband.
Catherine’s life was a life of service to many and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:
The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission
TR Honey Bee Fund
Seven Oaks Park
Therapeutic Recreation Department
Attn: Jessie Jackson
200 Leisure Lane
Irmo, SC 29210
All donations will go directly towards providing scholarships and program supplies to enhance the lives of special needs individuals through adaptive enrichment opportunities.
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