Obituaries for the Bolen Family
Frances Sara Bolen
Frances Sara Spradlin Bolen, 80, of Beckley, died Friday, March 24, 2000, in Sun Bright Pine Lodge Nursing Home. Born Feb. 16, 1920, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Mozella Mason Spradlin. Ms. Bolen was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a nurse for many years at Beckley Hospital until her retirement. She also volunteered at Raleigh General Hospital. She was a member of North Beckley Church of Christ and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde J. Bolen, in 1973; two brothers, Charles and Howard Spradlin; and a sister, Jocelyn Craddock. Survivors include three nieces, Teri Spradlin-Dahn of Pasadena, Md., Retha M. Price of Beckley and Donna J. Perry of Temecula, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles (Linda) Spradlin of Pasadena; six nephews, Michael and Gregory Spradlin, both of Annapolis, Md., Jeffrey Spradlin of Pasadena, Alan Howard Spradlin of Georgia, James Craddock of Aurora, Colo., and Robert A. Craddock of Arvada, Colo. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Revs. Edward Rehbein and Fred Dinkler officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Serenity, Beckley. Members of North Beckley Church of Christ will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to North Beckley Church of Christ, P.O. Box 951, Beckley, WV 25801, or the American Cancer Society, Raleigh County Unit, 129 Main St., Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.
Elizabeth F Bolen
Elizabeth Farley Bolen, 64, of Princewick, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, in a Beckley hospital following a short illness. Born Feb. 21, 1936, at Ellison Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Winnie Bolen Farley. Mrs. Bolen was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammie Junior Bolen; three sisters, Garnet Jennings, Marie Jennings and Betty Worley; six brothers, Jennings Hall, Walter, Gene, Clowny R., Gene Autry and Thomas D. Farley; and three grandchildren, Sammy D. Bolen, Travis Lee Bolen and Lloyd Lumar Duncan. Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Duncan and her husband, Lloyd, of Princewick, Jo White and her husband, David, of Coal City and Anita Gowman and her husband, Harry, of Princewick; two sons, Jackie Bolen at home and Dean Bolen of Beckley; three sisters, Emma Mae McBride of Coal City, the Rev. Nellie Mullins of Beaver and Mary Bolen of Princewick; four brothers, Thomas Lee Farley of Sullivan, Raymond Hall of Ohio, Clint Farley of Cool Ridge and Denny Farley of Beckley; four grandchildren, Tommy and David White of Coal City and Kenny and Chris Gowman of Princewick; and a host of friends. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Charlie Bolen officiating. Burial will follow in Thompson Cemetery, Coal City. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Linda T. Bolen
MORGANTON, N.C. - Linda Thomas Bolen, 51, formerly of Odd, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital, Hickory, N.C., following a long illness. Born Jan. 9, 1950, in Welch, she was the daughter of the late Winfred Thomas and Emilene Fruia Chambers Thomas. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tricia Stanley; and a brother, Herman Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Bruce Bolen; a son, Stephen Ray Bolen of Mount Home, Idaho; a daughter, Sandra Bolen of Valdese, N.C.; a brother, Howard Eugene Thomas of Bean Station, Tenn.; three sisters, Claudette Thomas of Oceana, Banie Sue Noel of Dysartsville, N.C., and Pat Gearhart of Salem, Va.; three grandchildren, Diane, Danielle and Travis Bolen; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside rites and burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Graham and Bolen Cemetery, Odd, with the Rev. Charlie Bolen officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.
Rev Cecil L Bolen
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith ... the Rev. Cecil L. Bolen of Coal City, went to be with the Lord following a short illness at University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va. on Jan. 20, 2002. He was the son of Charles Edward and Barbara Ellen Garrison Bolen of Besoco. Born Sept. 18, 1927, he was a member of The Lillybrook Freewill Baptist Church at Coal City, a former pastor of several local area churches, as well as an evangelist for 37 years. He was formerly employed by the East Gulf Coal Company and a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erscell Martha Tankersley Bolen; and a grandson, Brian Bolen. Survivors include sons: The Rev. Floyd Don Bolen and wife, Mary, of Cool Ridge and Edward Cecil Bolen and wife, Mary, of Piney View; daughters: Sharon Kay Miller of Coal City, Dianna Keffer of Sophia and Billie Jean Cornett and husband, Berman, of Crab Orchard; a sister, Lena Vandall of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel with Brother Ronald Adkins officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.
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