Roland Walls Written by Carol Beddingfield 7/22/2010
Words cannot express my sorrow for the community’s loss of
Roland Walls.On a personal level, so
many memories fill my mind.
No matter the part that was chosen for him for the Krazy Kudzu
Follies, he never turned me down.He
always made the skit funnier than I ever imagined.
Even though he came to every rehearsal, the skit was
different at every performance.The cast
loved having him in their group.They
knew he would make it a hit.
My favorite would be Men in Tights when he played the role
of Robin Hood’s blind comrade.The guys
would get so tickled especially when he almost fell off the stage.
I hope you got to see him “blow” the umbrella flames out
during this year’s Follies.The vision
of him in that wig still brings smiles.
I met Roland while teaching adult education classes in the
late 70’s. I convinced him that the class schedule needed to be placed right
after Swap Shop or the obit announcements.He agreed that the educational program would not only change individuals
but the community as a whole.
To create a better FortPayne
was always the goal for Roland.He truly
accomplished his dream.He made a
difference not only through his humor but also through his concern for the
I extend my sincere sympathy to Roland’s immediate
family.On behalf of his extended
family, I want to say thank you.His
philosophy was that life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…It is about
learning to dance in the rain.Roland’s
“dancing” certainly brought a lot of joy to many.