Ollie Bolds died Sept. 20. He was born in Boynton, Okla. on October 27, 1927 to Van Ralph Bolds and Meddra Henderson Bolds. He grew up the second youngest of six children.
He spent most of his youth in Tulsa, where he became an apprentice bricklayer before entering the military toward the end of World War II. He served time on Guam as cook for his battalion. Bolds was honorably discharged from service to his country in October, 1947.
After spending a few years working in the government shipyards in Bremmerton, Wash., he came to Portland, Ore. in 1949. He permanently settled in Portland after he married the love of his life, Mary Lee, in 1961. Together, they raised a beautiful family. He retired from the Veterans' Hospital after 25 years of service.
His hobbies were fishing, traveling, playing dominoes, checkers, watching "cowboy" pictures, and brewing the famous Bolds coffee. But most of all he was known for establishing the Bolds Residence as the "barbeque capital of the world."
Deacon Bolds first attended church at McKinney Temple Church of God in Christ, which later became Victory Temple Ministries. It is there that he received the precious baptism of the Holy Ghost, thereafter, allowing the Lord to "direct his path." (Proverbs 3:6). He began a life in service to the Lord. He faithfully served in many capacities with whatever was needed—janitor, maintenance, offering, accounting, and deacon.
Deacon Bolds' ministry was people. His legacy is the many lives he touched. He reached out to his family, church, and community with a "larger than life" personality that continues to have far-reaching and long-lasting impact. He did it with the simplicity of a country boy, a smile that lit up a room, and laughter that filled your heart.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lee; his sister Georgia Vanella James; his sons Charles Edward, Anthony Glenn, and adopted son Ralph "Skip" Burke; daughter Mary Ella; 19 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter.
A service was held on Sept. 29 at Walker Temple C.O.G.I.C.