Peggy Nash Rolfes

  • Born: May 24, 1924
  • Died: July 10, 2013
  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Canale Funeral Directors

2700 Union Ave Extended
Memphis, TN 38112
Tel. (901) 452-6400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Peggy Nash Rolfes died July 10, 2013 in Memphis, TN at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born in 1924 in Memphis to Edith Peatross and Dr. Thomas P. Nash, Jr. and had one brother, Dr. Thomas P. Nash, III of Nixonton, NC, all of whom predecease her.

She is a graduate of Miss Hutchison's School for Girls and also attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA and Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes) majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Mrs. Rolfes met the love of her life, Bernard (Barney) A. Rolfes of West Newton, MA, during the Second World War. They were married in June, 1944 and enjoyed a beautiful years 64 until his death in 2009. They had three sons, Barney, Jr. of Memphis, Peter (Peggy) of Atlanta, and Palmer (Gigi) of Macon, GA. They also had seven grandchildren, Amy Rolfes Poag (Josh) of Memphis; Ellie Rolfes Rencher (Ollie), Charlotte, NC; Nash Rolfes, Quinn Rolfes (Brigid), and Preston Rolfes, Macon, GA; Sarah Rolfes, Los Angeles, CA and Molly Rolfes of Atlanta, GA. Additionally, they had three great-grandchildren, Celia, Charlotte and Alexandra Poag of Memphis. During the last four years of her life, she was in the loving care of the staff at Trezevant Terrace and Allen Morgan Health and Rehab Center.

A career journalist with a flair for features, Mrs. Rolfes began as a columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, editor of several in-house magazines, free-lance advertising copy writer and fashion copy writer with experience in radio, fashion modeling, public relations and sales. However, Peggy Rolfes is perhaps best known in Memphis for her 22 years with WMC-TV, during which time she served as Public Service Director, Women's News Editor, Religious Editor, Newscaster, Talk Show Hostess, news and feature writer. She was the first woman news anchor in Memphis and helped launch the popular morning show Wake Up Call, which she hosted with Dick Hawley. In 1977, in collaboration with her then daughter-in-law, she compiled and edited volume I of "Why Didn't I Think of That?" a collection of consumer hints provided by viewers of her morning TV show. Due to popular demand, Volume II was published in 1979.

Mrs. Rolfes was a member and officer of several local and philanthropic clubs and organizations, including Les Passes (past president), Madonna Circle, Fortnightly Club and Arawata Garden Club. She enjoyed many hobbies in her lifetime, including golf, bowling, bridge, reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Perhaps her most favorite hobby was being with people, and she rarely passed up an opportunity for a good time.

The family will receive visitors from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at Canale Funeral Directors. Funeral Mass will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 at St. Louis Catholic Church. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Family asks any memorials to be sent to St. Louis Catholic Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Canale Funeral Directors


Condolence & Memory Journal

Barney, Peter, and Palmer, I was saddened to hear the news of your Mom's passing. Also, I was unaware that your Dad has passed away, as well. I have fond memories of your family living next door to us. Your parents always had a kind word, a smile, or a pleasantry to pass along. My parents so enjoyed them as neighbors and friends. I pray God's comfort for you in this time of grief. In Christian love, Ann Anglin

Posted by Ann McPherson Anglin - Franklin, TN - neighbor   July 14, 2013

Barney, Elizabeth and I want you to know that we offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mother was an extraordinary lady who touched many hearts in a very positive manner. We pray for God's blessings on all of your family.

Posted by Don Scott - Friend   July 13, 2013