Mr. Rollon McElvene, 89, of Sandusky, departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky.
He was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Florence County, S.C., son of Allen and Agnellia Williams McElvene. Mr. Rollon McElvene was educated in the public schools of Florence County. He met and was united in holy matrimony to Miss Beatrice Cannon of Florence, S.C. This union was blessed with seven children.
At an early age he moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., where he worked in the highway construction industry. He followed work in the highway and transportation industry to Baltimore and then to Detroit. While in Detroit, he began working in the automotive painting and repair industry. Afterwards, and for many years, Rollon McElvene became known as one of the best automobile bumping/painting and repair technicians on the lower east-side of Detroit.
In 1960, “Mac” moved to Sandusky where he owned and operated an automobile painting and repair business. His rocky marriage ended in divorce. He also worked as a drawbridge operator/mechanic on Sandusky Bay in Erie County for the State of Ohio.
Rollon McElvene became a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Sandusky, Jan. 14, 1973, under Pastor Curtis A. Brown. “Tastey” or “248” as he was affectionately called, rarely missed a single session of Sunday school, bible study or prayer meeting during his 35 years at Ebenezer Baptist Church. In fact, he often arrived early for church activities. His favorite church hymn was titled “Hold On to God’s Unchanging Hand.”
Throughout his long life, women often found Rollon “Mac” McElvene to be a handsome, strong, charming, and intelligent man. It began with his grandmother (Eliza Williams), his mother and his aunts, continued on through with his many female partners in life, and it ended with the nursing home staff at Providence Care Center in Sandusky. Most men found him to be a hard-working, delightful, fun-loving and a fair-minded businessman.
To his youngest daughter, Queen, he was “a father who keeps your heart young and your spirit alive with his graceful humor.”
Left to cherish precious memories of Rollon “Mac” McElvene are his four children, Bobby (Melvin) Nettles of Florence; Leona McElvene of Warren, Mich., Johnnie McElvene of Detroit, and Queen McElvene of Dearborn, Mich.; four stepchildren, Elease (DL) Davis of Florence, Paul Mitchell Jr., Elijah (Darlene) Covington Jr. and Alletta Covington, all of Detroit; 11 grandchildren, Beatrice (Marion) Walker of Effingham, S.C., Rita Turner, Kenny Parker, Ronnie Parker and Elaine Parker of Atlanta, Danielle Butler and Drake Davison of Sandusky, Tanya of Detroit, Rashida McElvene of San Diego, Terrance McElvene of Detroit, and Johnathan Allen of Southfield, Mich.; 10 step-grandchildren, Michael, Denise, Ella and Robert, all of Florence, Paul III, Camille, Christina, Elijah III, Joseph and Nathan, all of Detroit; nine great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, two former daughters-in-law, Angela Will of Detroit and Lois Jones of Southfield; aunt, Mrs. Mable Davis of Darlington, S.C.; special cousins, Lillie Mae Brockington, Gladys Echoles and Annie Lois Keith all of Florence, and Edith Johnson and Ivey Staley of Timmonsville, S.C.; special friends, Mrs. Mildred Gant, Rev. Charles Odums, Rev. John M. Stovall and Pastor Emeritus Curtis A. Brown, all of Sandusky, and Darrylynn Johnson of Canton, Mich.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his three sons, Roland Jr., David and Allen; granddaughter, Terry Turner; former wife, Beatrice Cannon Covington; stepson, Anthony Covington; two brothers, Johnnie and Willie; sister, Nancy; and his aunt, Mrs. Viola Williams-Nowlin.
Local arrangements were overseen by the David F. Koch Funeral Home, Sandusky.