Willie Mae Kendrick Bolden, 82, widower of Marion Bolden, Sr., departed this life on Friday, June 29, 2012 at her home in Dalzell. Born in Sumter County on December 9, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Martin Van Buren Kendrick and Alice McLeod Kendrick.
She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. In her youth she attended Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
In 1951, she married Marion Bolden, Sr. and out of this union one child was born. After her marriage, she joined Hopewell Baptist Church, where she attended until her health failed.
Willie Mae worked in retail for the Shaw AFB Exchange (AAFES) for 35 years before retiring. Her gentle manner, sweet smile, soft spoken words and enormous generosity will always be remembered by those who know her. She was not a person of many words, but her heart was full of goodness and grace. She was always in the spirit of giving rather than receiving. She will be great missed.
She leaves to cherish her memories: a loving and devoted son, Marion Bolden, Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Bolden; her dedicated companion and friend, Stanley Maxwell; two grandsons, Dwayne Montgomery of Atlanta, GA and Kewuan Booker of Sumter; three great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Sanders; two brothers, Gabe Kendrick of New Jersey and Julious Funches of Washington, DC; two sisters-in-law, Connie Funches of Washington, D C. and Dorothy Bolden of Rembert; a devoted family friend, neighbor and caregiver, Regina Grant; and a host of nieces, nephews, other devoted family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Thursday, July 5, 2012 from the Hopewell Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell with the Rev. Richard Addison, pastor, eulogist, the Rev. Anthony Taylor, Sr., presiding, assisted by the Rev. E. L. Sanders, Dr. D. L. Grant, Sr., and Rev. Martin S. Kendrick.
The family will receive friends at her home 3850 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The procession will leave 10:30 a. m. from her home.
Floral bearers will be members of the Missionary Society.
Pall bearers will be Trustees.
Burial will be in the Hopewell Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.