Pastor Carolyn Maxine Bolden, 64, of Gonzales, receive the wings of Angels on Friday, October 29, 2021. Carolyn was born December 6, 1956 in Gonzales County to Willie B. Gonzales and Dorothy M. Jackson. She married Lloyd Leslie Bolden, Sr. on June 22, 1973 in San Antonio. Carolyn was the Pastor of The Rock Church for 12 years.
Carolyn was one of 4 children born into her family in Gonzales. She worked at the Cartwheel Lodge Nursing Home and later as a private sitter. Carolyn had a heart for people and her love for others was undeniable. Her faith in God was beyond measure and as a servant of God, she was naturally drawn to people who needed prayer and faith most. Very likely this is, at least in part, the impetus of her pastoral commitment. Pastor Carolyn’s light shone brightly in worship and prayer and those fortunate enough to have seen her light shine are indeed better for having partaken in her witness to God’s glory.
Certainly, Carolyn’s heart was full of God’s love and grace. Truly this was celebrated by her family as she cared for them as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her love of cooking delicious chicken and dumpling dinners, tamales, and homemade rolls just to name a few were always acclaimed by her family and the cause of family pilgrimages to her home for her memorable meals. Carolyn will forever be remembered for her love of family and as a role model for what it takes to be an excellent wife, mother, and grandmother. Beyond an abundance of love and interaction with her family, she led them in their faith. She taught them to pray and as youths she led them in scripture, the first scripture being Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want . . .”. Today her family is recalling Psalm 31 “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Amen
Carolyn Bolden is survived by her adoring husband, Elder Lloyd Leslie Bolden Sr., of Gonzales, loving children, Tangela Young “Victor” of Elgin, IL, Tasha Allen of Gonzales, Tiffany Bruster “Henry” of Zachary, LA, Deidra Matehuala of Gonzales, Lloyd L. Bolden, Jr., of Gonzales and Keith Bolden, Sr. of Gonzales, grandchildren, Te’Oceasha, Victor, Jr, Alexander, A’ja, Brandon, Jr., J’Zyah, Skylynn, Tommy, Jr., La’Hendric, Ian, Durius, Darion, Nadia, Kyle, Jr., Desmond, Anaya, Bryce, Arissa, Aaliah, and Keith, Jr., great-grandchildren, Lillian, Maddison, and one soon to arrive.
The family will receive friends from 9 am to 10 am Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1o am in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with interment following in Gonzales City Cemetery. Pallbearers: Lloyd Bolden, Jr, Keith Bolden, Sr. Henry Bruster, Calvin Allen, Paul Jackson, Jr, Desmond Bolden and Terrance Bolden. Honorary Pallbearers: Alexander Young, Brandon Melancon, Tommy Barnes, Jr., Durius Matehuala, Darion Matehuala, Kyle Saunders, Bryce Eleby and Keith Bolden, Jr. Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com.
Due to the continued prevalence Covid-19 illnesses, protective measures regarding social distancing, and use of personal protective masks are strongly recommended for the funeral service. Those remotely symptomatic of COVID-19 are politely asked not to attend. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.
Pastor Carolyn Maxine Bolden