Tennessee Rep. Ron Lollar dies at age 69

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SHELBY COUNTY —Tennessee Republican State Representative Ron Lollar died suddenly.

Lollar, 69, represented District 99 in Shelby County.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released this statement on his passing:

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Ron Lollar. He was a wonderful man that loved people and did a fantastic job representing Shelby County in the legislature. One of the premier events of the year was the Lollar/Pleasant Fish Fry that brought together people from all over Tennessee for a day of politics and, more importantly, fellowship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the people of the 99th district.”

Lollar served in the Army National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a politician.

He was a deacon of Faith Baptist Church, where he attended; a member of Gideon International; and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971 and in the Army National Guard from 1980 to 1982.

He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1975.

In the General Assembly, Lollar, a Republican, was chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee and served on the agriculture and natural resources and education administration and planning committees.

He is survived by his wife Brenda and three children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Born Aug 13, 1948, Jackson, Tenn.
  • Died July 6, 2018
  • Married, wife Brenda, three children
  • Baptist, Deacon of Faith Baptist Church
  • Member of Gideon International
  • B. S. Austin Peay State University, 1975
  • Associate Degree, Jackson State Community College, 1973
  • U. S. Marine Corps, 1967-1971
  • Sgt. Ceremonial White House Guard
  • Army National Guard (E-7), 1980-1982


  • Chair, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee
  • Member, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, House Education Administration & Planning Committee
  • House member of the 105th through 110th General Assemblies


  • A.L.E.C. (American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and private sector representatives who draft and share model state-level legislation for distribution among state governments in the U.S.)
  • Shelby County School Board, District 2, three terms
  • Representative of Tennessee Legislative Network
  • 2006, chair, Tennessee Legislative Network
  • 2005, chair Elect, Tennessee Legislative Network
  • 2006, Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA), member of Board of Directors
  • 2001-2002 and 2005, selected as Tennessee Legislative Network Board Member by TSBA
  • 2004, Member of all Tennessee School Board, Tennessee School Board Association
  • Panel moderator for Tennessee State School Board Association
  • Active participant in all policy and upgrading changes of the Shelby County Schools and in Nashville to lobby for legislation pertinent to all interests in Shelby County Schools
  • 2005, Charter member of Arlington Kiwanis Club
  • President, Future Farmers of America
  • 1973, president, Student Body Association, Jackson State
  • 1975, president, Student Government Association, Austin Peay
  • Various university committees, Judicial Curriculum Alumni
  • F & AM Masonic Lodge, Park Avenue 362
  • Memphis Jaycees
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