Michael Gordon Bolton, 63, passed away at The Hospice Home of Wake County Monday, April 23, 2012, after a valiant battle with cancer. Mike, son of the late Elsie Brown and William Elvin Bolton, Jr., was born in Raleigh on April 16, 1949. He is remembered with love and adoration by his wife Winifred White Bolton; his children Lisa Bolton Lowrance (Bryan), Sarah Bolton Bridger (Craven), Kelsie Bolton Williamson (Tucker), and Michael Gordon Bolton, Jr. Memories of Granddaddy will be treasured by Wilder and Margaret Lowrance, Winnie and Cash Bridger, and Mac Williamson and his baby sister on the way. Mike is also survived by his brothers Douglas Vaughan Bolton and William Elvin Bolton III; his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins; beloved friends; The ‘Hood; The Mountain Men camping group; and his Coon dog, Spooner.
Mike graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in 1967, and was a member of Broughton’s state championship-winning football team, that was later inducted into the Broughton Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated from North Carolina State University with an Economics degree and joined the family business. He and Winnie were married in 1973 and raised their family in the neighborhood where he grew up.
He was committed to his schools and his community. He served NCSU through its Alumni Association Board of Directors, its Foundation Board, the Alumni Association Campaign for Excellence, and the NCSU Centennial Gateway Committee. Mike was a member of the boards of Raleigh Little Theatre and North Carolina Theatre, and enjoyed membership in the Stag Club and the State Club.
Mike Bolton valued teamwork. He was committed to “Christmas in April” which pulled together teams of dedicated business people who repaired homes for the needy and elderly in the community. Skills USA North Carolina was one of Mike’s special passions, and through his leadership and his teamwork there, young people have been led to life-long careers in technical trades. He chaired their board of directors for twelve years, and recently the organization honored him by creating the Mike Bolton Champion Award and the Mike Bolton Honorary Scholarship.
A great day for Mike was one at Kerr Lake, one exploring Shackleford Banks, and especially one spent working in his yard. Mike’s greatest legacy is his wife, his four children, and his grandchildren. His love, his irrepressible positive energy, and his commitment to “a good day’s work” are the gifts he leaves to them. His family will honor him by encouraging their children to be dreamers too.
The family thanks everyone who was a part of Team Mike. Go Mike!!!
A service celebrating Mike’s life will be held at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC at 2:00 pm on Thursday April 26, 2012. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday April 25, 2012 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC.
Memorial gifts may be made to SkillsUSA North Carolina, NC Youth Development Fund, c/o Mike Bolton Honorary Scholarship, 6360 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6360; or to Hospice of Wake County, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.