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GEORGE RONALD ROVOLIS, SR.

George Ronald Rovolis, Sr. died peacefully on August 28, 2021. On December 11, 1940, he was born to George and Lois Rovolis. He grew up on 36th Street and attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Benedictine Military School, and Commercial High School. He joined the Marines when he was 16 years old and changed his date of birth to appear 17 years old.

George or Ronnie, as his family called him, enjoyed life. He was a 46+ year member of Solomon’s Lodge #1, Alee Shriners, and the once very active Cycle Unit. Daddy loved to laugh and laugh and laugh. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and his family. He had three: His Own, The Dan Vaden family, and his Shrine family. He was there when Mr. Vaden opened his flagship Chevrolet Dealership on Abercorn Ext in 1968. In the 1980s, he opened a used car dealership with his brother-in-law Judge Larry Dillon – D&R Auto Sales, known as “The Round Man with a Square deal. “ George later helped open Cale Yarbrough Honda and ultimately went back to Dan Vaden for many more years until retiring. He loved test-driving cars, fixing cars, and selling them. When active at Alee, he loved the Cycle Unit family and the many fun times and escapades they all shared. The stories this group could tell!

Daddy had a beautiful Eagle CB Radio during the popular CB radio days and was known as Zorba the Greek. Yes, we were the family with the multiple antennas on our roof. He loved holding the handle on the mike and twirling it like a baton to make a very recognizable sound. He loved “cranking” it up and talking to people from far away until he got a knock on the door from the FCC. Daddy did have a very spiritual side, and he attended Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church. His favorite verse, and he reminded you every time you left him a message was John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Bette Ann Rovolis. In 1980, he faced the heaviest weight of all parents when George “Bubba” Rovolis, Jr died in the USCG Blackthorn tragedy. He and Carmel Dillon Rovolis never got over the loss. This one moment in time changed everything. He visited Bubba’s Memorial Service every January 28 in St Petersburg, Florida, until travel became difficult. Their family reunion in heaven can only be described as an incredible blessing.

George is survived by daughter Colleen (Freddie) Humphries, son James Rovolis, grandchildren: Holly and Mary Humphries, and Harper Rovolis. His Sister, Rose Ellen Rossiter, and brother, Tony (Linda) Rovolis. Several nieces and nephews, cousins and, Bettie Anne’s children and grandchildren, especially little Michael.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Thursday evening, September 2, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning, September 3, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Robert H. Dimmitt. Interment, with military honors, will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

In place of flowers, please support the Alee Shriners Morris Slotin Fund – Post Office Box 14147, Savannah, Georgia 31416.

You are invited to virtually attend the funeral service of George by clicking here. 

Meeting ID: 505 227 7485
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  1. Patsy & Ronald Jones says:

    Colleen & James we are so sorry. Many very good memories have been shared with your dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  2. Michelle Adams says:

    I am so sorry he was a sweet person he would do anything for anyone we had some good times sitting around and talking he’s with your mom now and dancing and there in no more pain .You will be missed till we meet again
    Love, Michelle ,Jim,Ashley,Joshua, Adams

  3. Elizabeth Poole says:

    I am so saddened to hear of my friend Ronnie’s death. We talked not so long ago on Facebook. He told me how much he loved his family and how much fun he was having with his Grandson. I loved his mom Lois and his Father George so much I reviewed a video of my son’s baptism in 1988 and saw Ronnie and Betty smiling and having fun. His Mom and Dad are happy now to welcome him home in Heaven. And he also is united with his dear Betty and son. Colleen I remember when you were a little girl and your precious gift of love for your Dad. I loved him and laughed with him so much. I’m sure you laughed a lot too.if ever you’d like to see my video of your Dad I’d love to show you. May God bless you and keep you and hold you in his arms. I also send my heartfelt love to Anthony and Linda. I love your whole family so much and will pray for you to get through this together forever. Love. Liz.

  4. Paula Galletta Harden says:

    He will always hold a special place in my heart. Mr. Rovolis was my neighbor throughout my childhood. He made sure to check in on my family and was always there if we were in need. I remember his kindness and his love for his family and mine. I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. Jane Swinford says:

    Dear GoGo!! I want to let u know how much I miss u already!! We had alot of good times living next door to each other!! I am so saddened by your loss!! Until we see each other again, I know u are in a wonderful place with Betty Ann and Bubba!! God bless u and RIP my sweet friend!! Love, Jane

  6. Beth and Tony Buttimer says:

    Colleen and James, We absolutely loved reading about your daddy’s life story! And what a wonderful story it is! You both have so much to be proud of! Your daddy is a great man and will be remembered forever. I am so sorry that you have lost his earthly presence but he is now present with the Lord. And I just love that he finally has his little boy back. Thinking of you all with love and prayers. ❤️

  7. Jackie Wright says:

    Mr Rovolis will be missed,he made me laugh every time he came to the office. We always laughed about the time he left the office rushing to go get a doughnut and he fell. He was brought back to the office, I ask what he was trying to do or go and he said he was trying to go to get him a doughnut. RIP Buddy.

  8. Sue Hawkins Moore says:

    My thoughts and prayers and with the whole Rovolis family. Love to the Humphries family…..

  9. Lisa and Ed Yannett says:

    We lived across the street from George on Central Ave for over 17 years. He was one of the nicest men I knew. I was sad when he decided to have us list his house for sale but he seemed very happy about the decision. We missed seeing him and Michael across the street. Michael would be driving George’s truck or golf cart. George sure loved Michael and was such a great grandfather to him. I believe that little man will miss him the most. George you will be missed so much!! Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  10. Nancy Martin says:

    Dear Colleen and family ,we are very sorry to learn of your recent loss.Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead.May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you all made over the years.It sounds like he leaves behind quite a legacy.The Lord bless you and keep you,all of our love,Mike and Nancy Martin

  11. Jane Vaden Thacher says:

    George was a big part of the Vaden family for a long time. He was one of my father’s favorite people! I remember them laughing together and making work not seem like work at all. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. I know you will miss him. Jane & Peter Thacher

  12. Bob and Kathryn Muncy says:

    The Rovolis Family, George was like a brother to me. We talked weekly about our family. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family. May the memories that were shared, and the love that was given be a comfort to you in days to come. May the Lord wrap His arms around you and give you peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Harriet Leibfried says:

    Just left the cemetery, your dad would be proud of his family. He loved deeply and was one of the most generous and kind hearted men I have ever known. I have only known him for about 2 years and I have never laughed so much. We knew so many of the same people is our life time. I am so sorry for all our loss. I am also sorry I did not take the time to hang his blinds in the guest room and kitchen, he really wanted them. I just did not feel good last month.

  14. Ken Barthels And Rob Richardson says:

    Dear Rovolis Family, I only met your father once, during a closing when my partner and I purchased your dad’s house on Lake Pamona. I remember him being very kind and friendly and giving me some tips about the place. He also told me how beautiful the view on the back porch is when the sun was setting over the lake. He was so right about that. We still have the lake house and we enjoy it so much. He truly put a nice house down there. I also remember seeing the yearly letter you all put in the paper to commemorate the death of your brother. That is a true testament to your dad’s and mom’s love that your family never forgot him.

    Again, my friend Rob and I are very sorry for your loss. .

  15. Sue Canady says:

    Colleen Bobby and l are sorry to hear of the loss of your daddy .sending prayrrsfor you, Freddie Holly,Mary and all of your family.Love and hugs to you all

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