The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 31, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Carlyle S. ‘Bud’ Bolen Jr.

BLUEFIELD — Carlyle S. “Bud” Bolen Jr., of Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, January 29, 2013.  

Born May 25, 1930, in Bluefield, he was a son of the late Elizabeth Cole and Carlyle S. Bolen Sr.

He attended schools in Welch and Beckley, and was a 1952 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).

He was a former president and general manager of Cole Baking Company where he worked for 40 years. He was twice president of the West Virginia Bakers Association and a former board member of the Independent Baker’s Association, Washington, D.C. He was past vice president of The Bluefield Sales Executive Club, a former charter member of the Fincastle Country Club, The Greater Bluefield Jaycees, The Bluefield Kiwanis Club, and The Charleston Exchange Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Pachuta Bolen.

Survivors include three daughters, Catherine M. Bolen of Bedford, Va., Maria Bolen Pochick and husband Frank of Bluefield, Va. and Patricia S. Bolen of Bluefield, W.Va.; one son, C. Scott Bolen III of Savannah, Ga.; grandsons, Craig Hickman and wife Luciana and Aaron Hickman and wife Tracee, all of Savannah; and three great grandchildren.  

The family will receive friends at Mercer Funeral Home on Thursday, January 31, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, February 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Paul Wharton. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery where Craig Hickman, Aaron Hickman, Bruce Barilla, Tullio Ramello, Bill Courtney, Sam Comer, Bill Spracher, Greg Tomchin will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Keith Pochick, Dr. Mike Malamisura, Dr. Richard Bolen, Harry Gray, Dr. Harold Goforth Jr., Frank Melvin, Barry Turpin and Jack Garrison.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1003 Wyoming Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Carlyle S. “Bud” Bolen Jr.  

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