Jamie V. “Jim” Bolling, 94, of Bristol, Tennessee, died Friday, February 12, 2010 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 14, 1915 in Wise County, Virginia, to the late Henderson and Laura Day Boggs Bolling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Otis, Connard, Gene, and Vernis, two sisters, Hattie and Ollie, and one step daughter, Teresa Osborne. Jim had lived in Bristol since 1941. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and survived the sinking of the U.S.S. Lexington and the Battle of Coral Sea. He retired as a Route Supervisor from Kern’s Bakery in 1981. He was a member of Valley Hills Baptist Church and VFW Post 6975.
He is survived by four sons, Larry Bolling and wife Sue, of Bristol, Tennessee, James Turner and wife Margo, of Port Angeles, Washington, Tony Bolling and wife Patty, of Supply, North Carolina, and Kim “K.D.” Bolling and wife Michelle, of Abingdon, Virginia; three sisters, Alma Sturgill of Hedgeville, West Virginia, Flora Adams of Toano, Virginia, and Gladie Alcarese of Lutherville, Maryland; three stepdaughters, Jo Ann Moretz Harbor, Rose Feagins, Betty Denton, and Sharon Epperson; two stepsons, John Kenneth Jones and Reggie “Butch” Gentry; seven grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, thirteen step-grandchildren and seventeen step-great grandchildren. The Bolling family acknowledges with grateful appreciation the friendship and support of Wanda Lawson and the late Woodrow “Woody” Lawson.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 6:45 Tuesday evening at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 7:00 with Rev. Eddie Leonard officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Flat Gap Cemetery Fund, 7942 Carter Branch Road, Wise, Virginia, 24293, or to Valley Hills Baptist Church, 155 Cedarbrook Circle, Bristol, Tennessee, 37620. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Cambridge House and the Emergency Room staff at Bristol Regional Medical Center.