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Nicoya Rolle

December 7, 1980 — November 26, 2022


On November 26, 2022, Nicoya Alexandria Rolle, age 41, of Clarksville, Tennessee transitioned to her heavenly home after a short intense battle with cancer.

"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25-26). In these powerful words, Jesus speaks of a coming day when death will be defeated. With this promise we know that the first death is only temporary; and that when He returns, our bodies will rise from the grave into eternal life. While the family is deeply saddened at the loss of our dearly beloved Coya; we are comforted that Christ’s resurrection is proof of her future resurrection.

Beginning of life

Nicoya was born on December 7th, 1980, in New Providence, The Bahamas, to Juanita Hamilton and Wayne Russell Sr. From the moment of her birth, she brought her family nothing but joy.

United as One

On December 14, 2002 Nicoya married the love of her life, Jasman Rolle. Their union produced two beautiful daughters, Najee and Ariana Rolle. In 2006, the couple relocated to Upland, Indiana for Jasman to attend Taylor University.


Nicoya graduated from Government High School in 1998. She attended Ivy Tech Community College and obtained her associates degree in Office Administration in 2016. Nicoya continued her education at Volunteer State Community College and became a certified phlebotomist and medical assistant in 2018..

Life in Upland

For a brief period, Nicoya worked in the food service department at Taylor University. However, her greatest passion was singing in the gospel choir and fostering deep relationships with the students and staff. Nicoya's empathetic and nurturing spirit made her a source of comfort for many. She and Jasman's home became a home away from home for Bahamian and non-Bahamian students to find love and support, as well as sample Bahamian culture and food. Nicoya raised and cared for many students as if they were her own, and she was always willing to make the long 2 hour airport runs for students. Nicoya's home was always a safe haven where you could count on receiving love, joy, food, and acceptance. Always willing to lend a sympathetic ear, friendly advice, or days' worth of jokes! Nicoya's joy and optimism rubbed off on you, and you couldn't help but fall in love with her.

Life and Legacy

Nicoya looked forward to summer trips to Freeport, Andros, Miami, and Disney World. She spoke often about her Vacation Bible school at Christ the King Anglican Church, and Weekend gatherings at the home of her “younger aunties” Rose, Iva, and Dorothy. She also loved dressing up, matching with color coordinated outfits, singing and recording popular radio songs. Nicoya mostly led and her “Sistah Cousins” were her Doowop girls.

Nicoya's most favorite people were her family. She was proud to be Jasman's wife and was committed to assisting him achieve all that God had in store for him. Her daughters were her pride and joy. She was elated to see Najee blossom into a beautiful young lady and achieve independence through securing her first job, learning to drive, and preparing to attend college. Nicoya cherished seeing Ariana grow, especially in her love of music, girl scouts, and emulate her mother’s compassion for others. Nicoya and her sister-in-law, Chesternique, shared more than just being wives of men who loved music, they were both blessed with phenomenal voices. This love and talent for music and singing has fed their bond as well as the bond of the family.

Nicoya leaves behind her loving husband of nearly 20 years Jasman Rolle, and their daughters Najee and Ariana Rolle Her mother Juanita Hamilton, five brothers, Ricardo Hamilton, Royal Hamilton III, Adrian Hamilton, Wayne Russell Jr., Vaughn Russell and one sister Anita Gayle Bowleg. Her mother and father-in-law Bishop Chester and Letty Rolle, sister and brother in law Chesternique and Johnny Bullard, Aunts and Uncles: Dorothy Curtis, Rose Miller, Janet Simmons, Iva McKenzie Retired ASB Adelbert McKenzie of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Milton Cecil Russell, Marva Russell-Minns, and Gregory Cecil Russell, and many nieces and nephews. Nicoya is preceded in death by her father Wayne Russell Sr. and her grandparents.

Church and ministry

Nicoya loved the Lord and was devoted to not only being an active member of her church, but was always involved in other ministries. The Lord blessed Nicoya with a beautiful voice, which she used for ministry. Nicoya served on the Worship and Dance Ministry Teams at The New Oasis of Love International Kingdom Ministries in Nassau, Bahamas. Nicoya was a key member of the Taylor University Gospel Choir. Nicoya was also on the Worship Team at Downtown Tabernacle in Marion, IN. When the Rolles moved to Tennessee they found a home at Restoring Hope Church in Hendersonville Tennessee where Nicoya served as part of the Ascension Youth Ministry team and the Restoring Hope Worship Choir. Nicoya most recently served as a part of the Worship Collective and Discover Mosaic Ministry Teams at Mosaic Church in Clarksville, TN.

Light amidst cancer

Nicoya was a true embodiment of 2 Corinthians 4:9 which declares, we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Diagnosed with cancer in September of 2021, Nicoya didn’t sink into despair. Confident that the Monarch of the universe was on her side, she resigned to embodying an unrelenting spirit of endurance and immediately started a Facebook group to chronicle her journey and reach out to, and encourage others walking through life’s challenges. Through all the trials that her disease caused Nicoya, she never complained, never questioned, and never let the devil steal her joy. Not even cancer could dim her infectious personality. Nicoya continued to encourage family, and friends, and was a true light to those she met during her treatments.

Always remembered

Nicoya's legacy of a faithful servant of God, devoted wife and mother lives on. Nicoya's impact on the lives of the people she met, developed relationships with, and ministered to speak of joy, positivity, and kindness. It will be these things we remember of dear wife, mother, sister, and friend. We can praise God for the healing Nicoya received, while we mourn her loss until our heavenly meeting.

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Friday, December 9, 2022

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