Obituary for Tues., May 30, 2017

Published 1:20 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Flora Marie Mallette Roland

Mrs. Flora Marie Mallette Roland, age 88, of Andalusia, passed away Fri., May 26, 2017.

Mrs. Roland was born in Andalusia on Dec. 23, 1928, to Mr. and Mrs. William Aubrey Mallette.

She was a loving wife and mother. She married her high school sweetheart, Dr. William Robert Roland, on June 2, 1954. They shared abiding and extraordinary love, devotion, and respect for each other for 63 years of marriage. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Celia Marie Roland Smyly (Carl) and Ms. Mary Lynn Roland Williams of Birmingham; five grandchildren, Miss Marie Margaret Smyly of Gulf Shores, Mr. Robert Allen Smyly, Mr. Franklin Aubrey Smyly, Mrs. Mary Katherine Williams Bartlett (Andrew), all of Birmingham, and Mrs. Lauren Alane Williams Rogers (John) of Mobile. Mrs. Roland is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Michaelyn Mallette Zorn (Jack), and her nieces and nephews, Mrs. Suzanne Boyington (Roger), Mrs. Flora Talada (Richard), Mr. Steve Roland (Cindy), and Mr. Mike Roland (Debbie).

Mrs. Roland graduated from Andalusia High School in 1947, attended Judson College, and graduated from Huntingdon College in 1951. She received her master’s degree from Troy State University. For more than three decades, Mrs. Roland was a beloved English teacher and mentor to thousands of high school students. Her teaching career included tenures in Jacksonville and Sanford, Fla., Birmingham and Florala, Ala., at Pleasant Home School, and more than 20 years at Straughn High School.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Bill Hamiter, Mr. Ward Fisher, Mr. Charlie Cope, Mr. Ashton Wells, Mr. Ralph Wells, Dr. Mike Wells, Mr. Steve Roland, Mr. Mike Roland, Dr. Roger Boyington, Mr. Richard Talada.

Visitation will be held at Foreman’s Funeral Home in Andalusia Wed., May 31, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held Thursday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Andalusia, followed by a graveside service at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Dr. Jason Thrower will officiate the service.

She will be remembered by her family and friends for her contagious laughter, happy, fun-loving spirit, her unmatched beauty and her compassion for others.

Memorials in Mrs. Roland’s honor may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at