It is with heavy heart the Polk County Youth Fair announces the passing of Past-President Jimmy Bolden Jr.
James Henry “Jimmy” Bolden, Jr., 56
Jimmy Bolden of Lake Wales passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born October 20, 1963 in Lake Wales, Florida to James Henry Bolden Sr. and Linda Gail (Willis). Jimmy was a firefighter and EMT for the City of Lake Wales for seven years before becoming a lineman for Florida Power and an engineer for Duke and Progress Energy. Jimmy was a member of the First Baptist Church Lake Wales. He was a lifetime volunteer for the Polk County Youth Fair, serving as President for the past 11 years. Jimmy was also a coach for Little League, as well as a past member of the Little League Board. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and Hurricane fan.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Bolden of Lake Wales; daughter, Jessica Proia (Bryan) of Babson Park; sons, Jared Bolden of Lake Wales, and Bobby Bolden of Lake Wales; mother, Linda Justice of Lake Wales; father, James Henry Bolden, Sr.; brother, Bill Bolden of Lake Wales; and grandchildren, Kiley, Jared, Weston, Kendal and Kenna.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday March 11, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marion Nelson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at First Baptist Church Lake Wales with Dr. Scott Markley and Pastor Steve Livingston officiating. Internment will follow at the Lake Wales Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Polk County Youth Fair (P.O. Box 9005 Drawer HS03, Bartow, Florida 33830) or https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pcyfi/ Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.
Paul Webb, President
Chris Nelson, Vice President
Pat Crowell, Treasurer
Georgiann Sumner, Secretary
Dr. Robert Gukich
SERVICE ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES
Leann Bennett, Polk County School Board
Paul Webb, Polk County School Board
Bridget Carlisle, Polk County Extension Service
Nicole Walker, Polk County Extension Service
Summer Walker – Beef/Commercial Heifer
Mario Tarango – Horse
Samantha Summerlin – Open/Commercial Market Steer
Clay Ritchie – Horticulture
Deb Peavy – Dog
Karen Gibson – Rabbit
Michele Parmer – Rabbit
Georgiann Sumner – Poultry
Brynn Summerlin – Camping
Judy Raymond – Archery
Leann Bennett – Family & Consumer Science
Pat Crowell – Family & Consumer Science
Cary & Marcia Lightsey – Whip Popping
Deric Ball – Goat