Jimmy W. Bolding, age 72, one week before his 73rd birthday, died quietly at home, with his family, the morning of September 4, 2021.
Born in a taxi, a true Tennessee River, Georgia Mountain (5th generation) man, Jimmy could hunt, fish and always raised a big garden. The grease was always hot, and catfish, (and sometimes brim) was in the pot, with fresh cabbage slaw on the side.
Jim was always cooking, homemade country style of course, known for his fish frys, hushpuppies, gravies, and most anything deep fried or cooked over an open fire.
He was always telling stories of his hitchhiking adventures with Rod Goss to California and back. He liked to tell how his family grew up dipping water from the well, could remember when they ran electricity to his home as a child, rode in a wagon when they went to town and butchering hogs.
He helped plow the fields with mules, hoeing in the fields all day long, and picking cotton. And, never speaking of the horrors of Vietnam. His family repeatedly told the story of him being just a toddler in a diaper, and his grandparents had came to visit for a few days and Jim waking his sleeping grandpa by hitting him over the head with a stick of firewood.
Jim enjoyed watching all the Alabama football games at home on his big TV. You could hear the shouting and stomping of all the Roll Tide fans that Jim could fit into the house, as they watched the football game together. Jim loved life, loved his sons, all his large family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, German and Edith Bolding, eldest brother Billy M. Bolding, and friend Rod Gross.
In 1979, he married Debbie (Wilson) Bolding, whose family had moved to Albertville, from Pensacola. Married 42 years, they were soulmates and they had 2 sons.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Brian (April) Bolding and Douglas Bolding; and loving granddaughters Emily Bolding and Nancy Bolding; brothers Bobby Bolding, and Ronald Bolding all of Georgia Mountain, Guntersville, Ala.; a sister Bonnie Yates; and brothers Johnny Bolding and Tommy Bolding of Arab.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends at the Guntersville Dam, where he walked to as a child, and fished year around his whole life (and always brought home dinner).
Jim was a veteran who truly loved his country. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army '69-'71 and died due to Agent Orange. Jimmy will be deeply missed, and cherished by family, friends and all who knew and loved him.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all the doctors and nurses of Pensacola and Guntersville Veterans Clinics and Biloxi and Birmingham VA Hospitals who cared for him over all these years.