Young Funeral Home
Mr. Melvin Bolden passed away in his sleep on Monday, April 4, one day after his sixty-sixth birthday. He was the son of late Mr. and Mrs. Jim (Ida Bell Donald) Bolden, and was one of eight siblings. He attended schools in Newton County and was employed by Kasier Manufacturing Company in Lithonia for 27 years. Later, he worked for ACS Heating and Air for fourteen years until his health failed. Mr. Bolden accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age and joined the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mansfield, where he served as a trustee. In 1969, he married Annie Bell Durden, and was the proud father of five children, whom he adored. He was preceded in death by his parents and three of his siblings: Timothy Bolden, Jimmy Bolden and Annette Benton.
He leaves a legacy of love to his devoted wife, Mrs. Annie Bell Bolden; five loving children, daughters: Mrs. Jeri Head and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis (Jackeline) England; sons: Mr. Tony Gaither, Mr. Patrick Williams and Mr. SedrickBolden; god-daughter Dalphine Smith; fifteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Ms. Mary Frances Bolden and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis (Dorothy Ann) Hardeman; three brothers: Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Alice) Bolden, Mr. Herman Bolden and Mr. Leonard (Mary) Bolden; two brothers-in-law: Mr. Johnny Lee Benton and Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Deborah) Durden; two sisters-in-law: Ms. Clara Durden and Mrs. Frances Kelly; special friends: Mr. Neb (Boot) Durden, Mr. Oscar Wyatt, Mr. Paul Williams and Mr. Arthur Clarence; a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Bolden were held Saturday, April 9 at Mt. Zion AME Church in Mansfield with Associate Pastor Rev. Martha Tuggle and the Rev. Moses Little, pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed at Lawnwood Memorial Park.
The Covington News,
April 15, 2011