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Fred D. Bolding

Oak Grove, LA - FRED D. BOLDING, 83

OAK GROVE, LOUISIANA

Cox Funeral Home

Oak Grove, Louisiana

OAK GROVE, LA - Funeral services for Fred D. Bolding, age 83 of Oak Grove, Louisiana, will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 608 East Main Street in Oak Grove, Louisiana.

Reverends Tony Campanale and Milton Pray will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Grove, Louisiana.

Services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Oak Grove.

A time of visitation will be held from 4 to 9 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home, 200 East Noble Street in Oak Grove, Louisiana.

Mr. Bolding passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at West Carroll Memorial Hospital in Oak Grove.

Bolding was a 1953 graduate of Kilbourne High School. He worked as a heavy equipment operator on pipelines for Bechtel Corporation before starting a long and successful career in agriculture.

Bolding was a self-employed farmer and owner of Bolding Farms in West Carroll Parish, along with his wife, Joanne. He began farming in 1965 with 160 acres and through the years built his enterprise to include 2000 acres of soybeans, grain sorghum, and wheat production. In 1967 the Oak Grove Jaycees named him Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year which was the first of what would become a legacy of recognition for his extraordinary agricultural expertise and service. He became a pioneer in successfully adopting and implementing new conservation and farming practices. He always had a passion for the land and achieved much through his hard work, yet he remained well grounded through his family, his faith, and his community.

Bolding was selected as the 2009 Louisiana Farmer of the Year and was recognized for a lifetime of service and accomplishments in agriculture. He served in advisory roles in many organizations including the LSU AgCenter Advisory Committee, Louisiana Soybean Association, Sweet Potato Council, Cattlemen's Association, and Pittman Island Hunting Club Wildlife Management Program.

In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council for a lifetime of dedication as he worked tirelessly within the state as a tremendous supporting force for farmers and agriculture. Throughout his lifetime, Bolding committed to helping his community in many areas including the Macon Economic Opportunity Board of Directors, the West Carroll National Bank Board of Directors, Oak Grove Masonic Lodge, the West Carroll Hospital Board of Directors, Farmers Home Administration, and the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority.

Bolding played a major role as a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Grove for many years, giving his time and devotion to serve as President of his Sunday School Class and assistant teacher. He served as Chairman of the Deacons, Chairman of the Usher Committee, and on many other various committees.

Bolding served decades on the West Carroll Farm Bureau Board of Directors in leadership positions as Secretary-Treasurer for many years, as President for 23 years, and as a voting delegate to the state conventions since 1967. He also traveled to Washington DC several times as a delegate of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation to meet with US Congressional representatives to discuss Farm Bills and agricultural issues. He was instrumental in building the new West Carroll Parish Farm Bureau Office and was recently honored by Farm Bureau for his 50 years of service to the organization.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Enox Wilbur Bolding and Effie Marie Shivers Bolding Schrock; brother, Kenneth Bolding and brother, William H. "Bill" Schrock.

Fred is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joanne Schrock Bolding of Oak Grove, Louisiana; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Edgar Babin of Houston, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Fred Darrell and Lisa Bolding of Weatherford, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Courtney Bolding of Oak Grove, Louisiana; granddaughter, Whitney Babin of Orlando, Florida; granddaughter, Kelly Babin of Houston, Texas; grandson, Matthew Bolding of Weatherford, Texas; grandson, Wyatt Bolding of Oak Grove, Louisiana; grandson, John Bolding of Oak Grove, Louisiana; granddaughter, Josie Bolding of Oak Grove, Louisiana; brother, Carroll Schrock (Barbara) of Oak Grove, Louisiana; sister, Carolyn Johnson (Roy) of Oak Grove, Louisiana; sister, Linda Bolton (Dennis) of Oak Grove, Louisiana; sister-in-law, JoAnn Schrock of Oak Grove, Louisiana; and sister-in-law, Joy Bolding of Odessa, Texas.

Pallbearers are: Ronald Pippin, Kevin Hale, Kenny Nix, Jim Lingo, Ryan Gregory, Charles Kennedy, Wayne Martin and Phillip Elliott,

Honorary Pallbearers are: Anglers Sunday School Class and Deacons of First Baptist Church of Oak Grove
Published in The News Star on June 13, 2018
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