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Herbert Lee Roland

February 23, 1951 ~ October 1, 2020 (age 69)


Herbert Lee Roland passed from this world October 1, 2020 at the age of 69 in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  He began his journey February 23, 1951 in Ponca City hen he was born to James Lee Roland, Sr and Mary Josephine (Harris) Norwood.

He was a lifelong Poncan, graduating from PoHi in 1969. While in high school Herbert met the love of his life, his soulmate, Martha Lynn Elston.  On March 11, 1972 the two were joined in marriage. They made their house a home and completed their family with four children; Stacy, April, Michael and Rachel.  Herbert strived to be the best husband and father that he could possibly be.  He would (and did) do everything for Martha and he taught his children everything he knew.

Herbert will be remembered by many in the community.  He found great joy in playing softball.  He had a natural talent for the game and was able to catch anything that was thrown his way.  He spent a great deal of his time with the youth of the area coaching every sport that was available.  He was so loved as a coach, he coached multiple generations. To say he was a sports fanatic is an understatement.  His favorite college team was OU.

Herbert was the cornerstone of his household, a loving husband, incredible father, and wonderful provider.  He took time with his son-in-law showing him how to get the best results with his Bar-B-Queing. He enjoyed playing Spades, Dominoes and Horseshoes.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Martha and their best pet Mars, children, Stacy and her husband Jerome Orange along with his Goddaughter and bestest friend, Kadrian, April and her fiancé Tenisha, Micael Roland and Rachel Derion, grandchildren, Alika Monger, Cody Orange, and Kyndal Orange, siblings, James and wife Pearly Roland, Melburn Roland, Joseph Roland, Marvin and wife Treva Roland, Charlene Roland and Connie Roland,  Brenda Martin along with a host of extended family, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Herbert is preceded in death by his parents, grandchildren, Courtney Denise Orange and Jackie Jerome Orange, Jr, and his sister, Thelma Roland.

Herbert will be available for friends and family to pay their respects on Monday, October 5th, from 1pm to 7pm at Grace Memorial Chapel.  A Funeral Service in his honor will be held at 10am on Tuesday, October 6th, at St Luke’s Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Thomas Webb presiding.  He will be laid to rest in the Ponca City I.O.O.F. Cemetery following the service. Pall bearers will be Justin Roland, James Roland III, Joseph Roland Jr., Alan Teeten, Chad Cunningham, and Dustin Hundley.  Honorary Bearers are James Roland Jr., Melburn Roland, Joe Roland Sr., Marvin Roland, Michael Roland, and Jerome Orange.  

Memorial donations can be made to the Community National Bank in Martha Roland’s name, 901 E. Prospect, Suite C, Ponca City, OK 74601. 


The family would like to remind everyone to follow the current guidelines of wearing a protective face mask.  Although the family appreciates your condolences please be mindful and social distance.

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Public Viewing
October 5, 2020

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Visitation Room
2016 N 14th St
Ponca City, OK 74601

Funeral Service
October 6, 2020

10:00 AM
St Luke's Church of the Nazarene

Graveside Service
October 6, 2020

11:00 AM
Ponca City I.O.O.F. Cemetery
1206 S. Waverly
Ponca City, OK 74601

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