Robert Michael Rollins, the first born son of James M.B. and Virginia (Ginny) Rollins passed away unexpectedly on April 13, 2017, one day after his 43rd birthday. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his long time partner, Roberta Allen, his brothers, Brian Rollins (Shannon Oughton) and Jonathan Rollins (Arielynn), his half sister, Felisa Bishop (Jeff), half brothers, M.B. Rollins (Dana) and Peter Rollins (Angie), two sweet dogs, Happy and Sunny, he liked to call "my girls'' and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends. Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Matt and Katherine Rollins and Laura and Willie Bertram, several other family members and two beloved border collies, Roscoe and Purina.
Michael was born in Louisville, graduated from Madison Central High School, attended EKU and was most recently employed as maintenance supervisor for Nurses Registry. He was multitalented and had many interests. He totally restored two 1965 Mustangs from the frame up, not by taking an auto mechanics class, but by reading a book about how to do it. He enjoyed reading and was currently working on completing the fifty volume set of Harvard Classics. He loved everything about movies, and was hired as an extra in the movie, Sea Biscuit. He enjoyed fishing especially in the Mosquito Lagoon in Florida. He enjoyed cooking and one of his original recipes was published in the Ky. Celebrity Cookbook. He also enjoyed traveling and had visited most of the states in the U.S. The work Michael most loved to do, however, was to create art. He was a prolific, creative artist who created over a thousand works of art during a 12 year span, including abstracts, social commentary and realism paintings, photography, street art, wood, gourd and welded sculptures. Some of the pieces were entered into art competitions where they won more than 40 awards. He created two pieces to hang in the EKU Center for the Arts for Yo Yo Ma's visit and performance there. Michael's art has been sold at the Ky Artisan Center, Artique and several other galleries including the Chestnut Tree Gallery, his family's art gallery in downtown Richmond.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, at the Combs, Parsons and Collins Funeral Home with Pastor David Evans officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 pm Sunday evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504
Published on April 14, 2017