Roland Arthur KnollDecember 20, 1966 ~ August 12, 2016 (age 49)
Roland Arthur Knoll, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on August 11, 2016 after a long battle with cerebellar ataxia. He was a graduate of Saint Andrew's - Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tennessee ('85) and The University of the South, also in Sewanee ('90). He began his carreer in the restaurant business in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Boone, North Carolina where he opened the successful Black Cat Burrito. He then moved to Asheville, where he opened the Lucky Otter, and was co-owner of Nine Mile and Nine Mile West, as well as the Trailhead in Black Mountain. He is survived by his wife Paige, his sons Jackson (11) and Dylan (7), his mother Ursula, brother Martin Knoll and sister Karin Money. Roland was a kindred spirit and one of a kind. He had an incredible sense of humor and could somehow tell the same story over and over and still make it funny. He loved hot sauce, Jesco White the "Dancin' Outlaw", and making a fashion statement out of cutting the sleeves off t-shirts. His infectious laugh could, and often did, fill a room. He had the unique ability to focus on the important things and forget the small stuff, and had many friends, whom he made easily and never forgot. He loved his family with his whole heart and made the best smoked meat you've ever tasted. He will be forever cherished and remembered.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 20 at 3pm at St. James Episcopal Church at 424 W. State St. in Black Mountain, NC, with a reception immediately following at the Trailhead Restaurant, 207 W. State St. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Roland's honor to ArtSpace Charter School, 2030 US Highway 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778.