William A. Bolen, Jr. "Bill" CHARLOTTE - William A. Bolen, Jr. "Bill", 69, of Charlotte, was called to his eternal home on July 6, 2014. Bill was a 1967 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and served six years in the Army National Guard in South Carolina and Mississippi. He retired from Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc. after 30 years as a medical sales representative in the Patient Care division where he was a member of the Ring Club and later the Sons of the General. Bill's life was a testament to his faith and its significance in his life. As an active member of Advent Lutheran Church in Charlotte, Bill held various leadership positions, was a bible study teacher and an usher captain. As an extension of his faith, Bill was also an active member of the Eastern North Carolina Via de Cristo community. Bill's love for his wife, family, and friends was foremost in his life. He had a special gift for cultivating and maintaining relationships. His caring heart and genuine concern for others will leave a lasting legacy for all whose lives he touched. His quick wit, sense of humor, and caring personality were his most memorable qualities. Bill was an avid fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Carolina Panthers, but his real passion was supporting his grandson's baseball teams. He was preceded in death by his parents William A. Bolen, Sr. and Ruth Frances Morris Bolen, brother John Andrew Bolen, and sister Linda Susan Bolen. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Catherine Poston Bolen of Charlotte; children, Jennifer Canipe of Harrisburg, Katie Burrows (Karl) of Charlotte, and Jeffrey Canipe (Beth) of Concord; grandchildren, Gavin Canipe, and Kaeli and Scot Burrows; sisters, Ann Curry of Greenville, SC, and Mary Jones (Ned) of Easley, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration of his life will be held at Advent Lutheran Church on Saturday August 2, 2014, at 11am preceded by visitation at 10am. Pastor Ward Misenheimer will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, 8840 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28213. The family is being served by McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park. Online condolences at www.mcewenfs.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer on July 13, 2014