Phillip Houston Rolen, 34 and formerly of Cuthand

philrolenPhillip Houston Rolen, age 34 of Providence Village, TX and formerly of Cuthand, died Sunday October 30, 2016 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Funeral services will be 2pm Wed Nov 9, at the Cuthand Methodist Church with Pastor Guillermo Castellanos, Rev. Mark Jones and Rev. John Purviance officiating. Burial with full military honors at Cuthand Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Homes. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.  His remains will be escorted from Bogata to the church by East Texas Patriot Guard Riders with military funeral honors by Barksdale Air Force Base of Bossier City.  Full masonic rites will be given at the cemetery also.

He was born January 29, 1982 in Mt. Pleasant the son of William Rolen and Becky Cawley Lum. He married Amie Huberd on September 20, 2002.  He attended Rivercrest High School where he was on the all state debate team.   He then attended Sam Houston State University. He later enrolled in Paris Junior College where he was on the National Debate Team. After the 911 tragedy in New York and Pennsylvania he was inspired to join the U.S. Air Force. While he was in the Air Force he served with the 59th Med Wing in Balad, Iraq. He later was deployed to New Orleans to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief. He then was in the US Army in Utah

In 2007 he and his family moved to Montana where he received his BA degree from Montana State University. Upon finishing his college, he completed an internship with U.S. Congressman Danny Rehberg’s office which ultimately led him to participate in the Wounded Warrior Program to help rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women. He and his family later moved near Denton where he began working for the Covenant Church in their missionary endeavors.  He served in Ecuador and was serving in Cambodia at the time of his death. He was scheduled to go to Haiti after leaving Cambodia.

His survivors include his wife, Amie Rolen of Providence Village; four daughters, Kaidence Camille, Abigall Leigh, London Joy and Delaney Nicole; parents, Becky Lum and husband, Vince of Bogata and William Rolen and wife, Myra of Cuthand; grandparents, Bobbie Lee Cawley of Bogata and David and Sherry Rolen of Cuthand; brothers, Aaron Rolen and wife, Mandi of McKinney, Aaron Lum and wife Casey , Levi Lum of Bogata and Jacob Leffel of Cuthand, sister, Michelle Smith of Cuthand and a nephew, Reid Houston Rolen of McKinney and nieces Meridith and Bella Lum of McKinney


The family request in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to for global missions.

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  1. kevin berdan says:

    I worked with Phil at CBWTU Camp Williams, I am so shocked to hear the news of his passing, may God Bless him and his family, RIP brother, take care. Kevin Berdan

  2. Robert Gollner says:

    Rest in Peace Phil.
    You lived a good life, did what you thought was right.

  3. Sue Nolen says:

    God needed his help in heaven. He accomplished so much on earth in such short time. Peace to this family he leaves behind. God bless…Sue Nolen

  4. Cindy Jones says:

    To all of this wonderful family, I am so very sorry for your heart breaking loss. I truly loved this young man so much, iv”e known him for many years and he has always been a true blessing to know, always having a smile for me and always so very nice and respectful. My thoughts and Prayers will always be with you all. God Bless You All. Thank You so much Phillip for your service to this Great Country. You will truly be missed. Rest In Peace

  5. Bob Thomas says:

    We send our sincere condolences to two great families as you deal with the loss of Phillip. I know that in all your grief you are proud of the legacy his life has left. His life demonstrated his dedication to his Lord and to his country.

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