Edward Clayton Bolden, Sr.April 14, 1942 ~ September 28, 2020 (age 78)
Reverend Edward C. Bolden, Sr., was born April 14, 1942, to Edward and Ethel Belton in Jonesboro, LA, who preceded him in death. He transitioned on September 28, 2020. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Josie Madison and Dorothy Stringer.
He was married to Mrs. Pearlie Jones Bolden, who preceded him in death. To this union was born one son Edward Clayton Bolden, Jr., who also preceded him in death. Together, they reared her daughter, Shirley Jones, and built the Hollywood Snack Bar and Ed’s Body Shop on the southside on Berg Jones Lane in Monroe, LA.
Later in life, he married Millie Goods, who preceded him in death. Together, they reared her son, James “Tron” Goods.
On May 1, 2011, he united in Holy matrimony to Louise Harris at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Monroe, LA, by the late Reverend William Sanders. Together, they continued the family business.
Reverend Bolden accepted Christ an early age and was baptized at the Brown Grove Baptist Church in Jonesboro, LA. Later in life, after moving to Monroe, LA, he and his family united with the Deuteronomy Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Anderson Fields and Reverend Donald Givens. He later united with Pleasant Green Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend James Earl Jackson and Reverend William Smith in Richwood, LA. He then united with Mount Sinai Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend William Sanders, where he served as Youth Minister. Then he joined the Evening Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Freddie Moore, Piney Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Donald Woods, New Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend John L. Russell, Sr., which then became Greater New Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend John L. Russell II, where he served as the Minister of Homeless and Feeding Ministry and remained a faithful member.
He was called to the preaching ministry at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Reverend James Earl Jackson. He was later licensed to preach at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Jonesboro, LA, on April 21, 2003, under the leadership of Reverend Steve V. Hunter, Sr. Reverend Edward Bolden received his education at Jackson High School in Jonesboro, LA, and later at the United Theological Seminary in Monroe, LA.
He was employed as a teacher for auto body mechanics and later decided to start his own business called Edwards Body Works and Mechanics.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his lovely wife, Louise Bolden; one daughter, Shirley Jones of Monroe, LA; one son, James (Petrouchka) Goods of Baton Rough, LA; two brothers, Billy (Hilda) Bolden of Albuquerque, NM, and Donald Bolden of Monroe, LA; and a host of nieces, nephew, and other special family and friends.