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Barbara French BoldenBarbara French Bolden of Eden died Friday, Jan. 15, following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents Reuben R. French, Sr., and Beatrice Cobb French. She is survived by her husband and high school sweetheart of 57 years, Jim, and daughter Kristi of Eden; son Ronnie (Angela) of Lexington, NC; brothers Rick French (Donna) of Woodstock, GA; Don French of Henderson, NC; and David French (Robb) of Litchfield, SC. Barbara was born Nov. 24, 1942 as the first child and only daughter, and her brothers would say she played that position to her advantage her entire life! She was known and admired for her warm, welcoming personality, her love of games, and was always impeccably dressed. A lifelong lover of books and reading, she accelerated her studies and graduated within three years from Appalachian State University with a degree in library science in 1963. Following a few years as school librarians in Jamestown and Wentworth, NC, she joined her mentor Martha Davis at the Rockingham County Library system, from which she retired as technical services librarian. While working full-time and rearing two children with Jim, Barbara pursued and attained a master’s degree in library science from UNC Greensboro. She is also survived by several dearly loved grandchildren: Brianna Corum of Needles, CA; Benjamin Browning (Cassidy) of Lexington, NC; Felicia Browning and Sebastian Browning of Lexington, NC, Harley Bolden of Eden, NC, and Connor Bolden of Lexington, NC; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A private gathering was held for the immediate family at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Reidsville, NC. A celebration of her life is planned for 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 19th at her residence, 1635 Quesinberry Road, Eden. The family requests that memorials be made to Ruffin Stacey Baptist Church, where she was a longtime member, 261 Estes Road, Ruffin, NC 27326.
Jill M Langley lit a candle for Barbara French Bolden
Jill M Langley Jan 18 2021 8:48 PM
Barbara was my cheerleading coach in 1967 at Wentworth High School. Have always loved and admired her. Her smile will be missed.
Paula & Doug Brame Jan 18 2021 6:00 PM
Paula & Doug Brame lit a candle for Barbara French Bolden
Paula & Doug Brame Jan 18 2021 5:57 PM
Susan Voss Gibson lit a candle for Barbara French Bolden
Susan Voss Gibson Jan 18 2021 3:30 PM
So many lovely thoughts come to mind when remembering Barbara, but nearly all are associated with her great love for her family. Even when we were very young, the larger family reunions would find Barbara right in the center of the planning, preparing or helping in any way she could. Her mother, who was my great aunt Sallie, passed on her affection for bringing us all together to Barbara, as well as her indescribable cooking skills! In our later years, Barbara shared much with all of us on Facebook, and we were blessed to receive not only her tempting recipes, but also her good wishes, prayers and advice. Though the pandemic kept us from having the annual Carroll reunion this year, past years would find Barbara seated early, surrounded by cousins, aunts, and immediate family members---her lovely smile radiating so that she brightened the entire area! She was a blessing to all who had the fortune to include her in some way in their lives, from teachers and students to classmates and church family. Sending sincere condolences to all the family. God bless you and support you during these difficult days.
Earlene Gentry Jan 18 2021 1:04 PM
Mary Anne O'Bryant lit a candle for Barbara French Bolden
Mary Anne O'Bryant Jan 18 2021 11:07 AM
I was Mrs. Bolden's library assistant when I was in the 9th grade. She was a wonderful person. That time spent with her was one of my memories of those years. God bless her family. Peace be with you.
Mary S Adkins Jan 18 2021 9:11 AM
So sorry for your loss. I knew Barbara all of our lives; she was a special lady. My deepest sympathy and prayers to your family.
Ruth S Scott Jan 17 2021 9:03 PM
Tammie Stophel lit a candle for Barbara French Bolden
Tammie Stophel Jan 17 2021 7:51 PM
Valerie Stone lit a candle for Barbara French Bolden
Valerie Stone Jan 17 2021 5:02 PM