Obituary: James Herrell Rollins – Portland Press Herald
NORTH YARMOUTH – It is with great sadness that the family of James “Jim” Herrell Rollins announces that he passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on July 15, 2022.
Jim was born on November 6, 1944 in Winfield, Kan. of Richard and Mary (Merritt) Rollins of Clarksdale, Miss. Jim grew up in Clarksdale, Miss., graduating from Clarksdale High School before enrolling at Davidson College in North Carolina. In high school and college, Jim was not only an outstanding football athlete for four years, but also won numerous academic honors. A recipient of an ROTC scholarship to Davidson, Jim earned his undergraduate degree in 1966 and entered law school at the University of Virginia, where he received his law degree in 1969. His legal career was delayed three years while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army in Artillery Units both at Fort Bliss, Texas and later at Bitburg, Germany.
After being honorably discharged from the military, Jim accepted a position with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. After years of mergers and acquisitions, he joined the Creditor’s Rights Group of Holland & Knight’s Atlanta office as a partner specializing in lender representation. Living in Atlanta, Georgia for over 40 years, Jim was active in numerous civic and charitable organizations and was proud of his involvement with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance.
Jim retired from practicing law in 2017 and moved with his wife, Jill, to North Yarmouth. Once again Jim took up the cause of historic preservation, volunteering many hours as a trustee and pro bono advisor to Maine Preservation. During his years in Maine, he often joked that he had never witnessed wintry weather in Atlanta, Georgia or Clarksdale, Mississippi, as in Maine, but the contrasting weather of summer was definitely worth it. With LL Bean just a few miles down the road, Jim was fully prepared for every chill, freeze and thaw Maine presented.
In retirement, he celebrated taking time off from his wristwatch and growing a healthy silver beard. Jim and Jill enjoyed occasional stays at their beach house in St. Augustine, Florida, but really preferred the quiet, cool forest surrounding their Maine home.
Jim was an avid fan of all Atlanta sports, especially the Braves and Falcons. He continued his love for rugby while in law school as a member of the Atlanta Rugby Football Club for many years. Memories and warm messages from friends, professional colleagues and rugby teammates have warmed the hearts of Jim’s family.
He is survived by his wife, Jillian S. Kaechele of North Yarmouth and St. Augustine, Florida; and his children Jameson Graef Rollins of Los Angeles, California, and Stefan Adam Rollins (Coral) of Miami, Florida; and her sister, Virginia Rollins Hopkins (Jody) of Memphis, Tennessee. Jim also leaves two step-daughters, Beth Kaechele Poole (Andrew) and Erin Kaechele Giberson (Dustin) and a host of step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Jim has had many fun times with his five step-grandchildren, Ladia, Brynn, Caroline, Greta and Ripley.
A celebration of Jim’s remembrance will be held Nov. 5 at Manuel’s in Atlanta, Georgia. It would have been Jim’s 78th birthday weekend and his family are hoping friends, former colleagues and rugby buddies will join them in celebrating their time. with Jim.
A friend beautifully captured Jim in his recent message of condolence: “Jim was an inspired soul. So calm, so brilliant, so insightful. Well-read, always fun, and the essence of a gentle Southern gentleman, Jim Rollins will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Gifts in Jim’s name can be sent to
Yarmouth, Maine 04096
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