Rep. Ron Lollar passes away at 69

State Rep. Ron Lollar, a Republican from Bartlett, has passed away. He was 69.

Lollar died from a heart attack, said fellow Republican Rep. Jim Coley (R-Bartlett). “It’s going to be hard without him,” said Coley. “If he was on your side, he was your most loyal friend.”

Lollar, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, was first elected to the state House in 2006 after winning 46% of eight-person GOP primary to succeed the retired Rep. Bubba Pleasant (R-Arlington). He was the chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee and also served on the Shelby County School board for three terms.

“It’s a sad day for all of us,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). “A tremendous loss of a wonderful man. He was a devoted father and husband and a dedicated public servant. He was also a great outdoorsman.

“A Marine to the end, he was a Vietnam Veteran and a former White House Guard,” Norris said. “He was irascible at times but never irreverent. He was my friend.”

House Speaker Beth Harwell said she was “heartbroken” by the news of Lollar’s passing.

“He served this country with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he served this state with his tireless advocacy for Tennessee students and agricultural issues,” she said. “He was not only my colleague, but a dear friend.”

Republican political consultant Josh Thomas remembered Lollar on Twitter.

“I’ve known TN Rep. Ron Lollar about 20 years. Crusty old Marine with a heart of gold,” he said. “Our last conversation a few weeks ago when he called to talk about digital campaigns. He began the call with “Josh, I’m an old fart. This seems like witchcraft.” I will miss my friend. #SemperFi.”

“Chairman Lollar was the perfect example of what it means to be a public servant,” House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R-Frankin) and House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams of Cookeville said in a joint statement. “From his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, to his involvement on the Shelby County School Board, and throughout his service in our House Chamber over the past twelve years, Ron demonstrated his love for his country, state, community, constituents, and most importantly, his family.”

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