He was preceded in death by his parents: Gladys and James E. Bolen; and his son, H. Michael Bolen.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, C. Jeanette (Davies) Bolen; two sons: James D. (Debbie) Bolen and Mark L. Bolen; daughter, Deborah L. (Jack) Hine; a brother-in-law, Lynn (Kimmie) Davies; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He graduated in 1952 from City High School in Chattanooga and attended Tennessee Tech where he met Jeanette and married May 17, 1953.
He was a trustee of Harrison United Methodist Church, vice president of W. P. Chrysler Club, past president of Chickamauga Region of Antique Car Club of America.
He was a past winner of Felix Mason Award and Charlie Faulkner Award. He retired with 36 year service from Central Soya and most recently worked at Avis Budget rental car where he loved shuttling cars.
The family will receive visitors starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Harrison United Methodist Church at 5621 Highway 58, Chattanooga, TN.
A memorial service conducted by Pastor Tom Hancock will follow at 7 p.m..
The family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations to the ASPCA or a charity of your choice be made in his honor.
You are encouraged to share a memory of James and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial webpage and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Bolen family with these arrangements.