Marie H. Roland

Nov 19, 2012

Honorable Mother

WAYNESVILLE — Nonie Marie Hensley Roland, 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at her residence.

A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late William and Grace Smith Hensley.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Roland, who died in 1970 and a son, William “Bill” Roland.  Marie was a descendent of the late Cherokee Indian Chief, Nimrod Jarrett Smith, who was her great-grandfather.  She will be remembered for leading a dedicated Christian life and loving the Lord above all else.  Marie was a wonderful loving mother who cared deeply for her family.  She was talented with crafts and well-known for making beautiful Indian dolls and necklaces.  She also enjoyed working in her garden and canning.

She is survived by four daughters, Linda Norene Sutton, Sandra Gail Roland, Charlene Lee Mull, and her husband, Carl, and Pamela Kay Singleton, and her husband, Tommy; three sons, James Michael Roland, and his wife, Clara, and Kerry Neal Roland, and his wife, Linda, and Christopher Mintz; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Full Gospel Christian Fellowship Church with the Revs. Frank Wyatt and Linda Campbell officiating.  Burial will follow at Birdtown Cemetery in Cherokee.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church and at other times, at the home of Sandra Roland.

Flowers are appreciated.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An online memorial register is available at