Ora Dee Bolden passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the age of 89 . . . a life well-lived, angel wings well-earned, a family legacy to honor and remember.
Ora Dee Washington Bolden was born June 27, 1928 in Decatur County, Georgia to the late Rosa Cooper Jackson and Samuel Washington, Sr. She was educated in Homerville High and Elementary Schools becoming a well-known business and civic leader working for Fluker Funeral Home since 1949.
Communities across our great State of Georgia treasured her strong influence among people, lawyers, judges, sheriffs, and politicians. Whether you were on the ballot for a local, state, or federal office, Mrs. Ora Dee was the first person you garnered support. During a distinguished appointment, a judge penned, I am pleased that people of your high caliber accept civic responsibilities in the community. The matriarchs most memorable legacy is being a people person to anyone she meets, to anyone needing help, to anyone needing a place to stay or something-to-eat (say it fast!).
Ms. Ora Dee owned a cooking business drawing clientele of neighbors, visitors, and a certain legendary actor - the late Ossie Davis - to Clinch County. She was a food vendor contractor with the Clinch County Jail, B-Way Corporation, Clinch County Head Start, and other groups desiring to taste delicacies only she could prepare to perfection chicken and rice, Thanksgiving dressing, sweet potato pies, and wild game special recipes that gained notoriety on the Paul Harvey Show.
Ms. Bolden gave her life to Christ at an early age serving as the church mother of Browns Chapel AME, Homerville. Sister Bolden served as a Steward Emeritus, Trustee, Usher, Missionary, Layman, and of course Kitchen Committee. She loved her church dearly, serving as a dedicated and devoted Church Mother until her health failed. Sister Bolden loved hats, hats, and more hats for all her church attire.with matching shoes, of course!!
Ms. Bolden was active as a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Mariah Goodman Chapter #282; a youth chapter was named in her honor The Ora Dee Bolden Youth Chapter #392. She was active for 30 years or more on several organizations in Clinch County Jury Commission, Board of Elections, Chamber of Commerce, Library Board, Love in Action Ministries, Family Connections. She was last living member of the Magnolia Club.
She was a widow of 65 years to the late Charlie Lee Bolden who preceded her in death on September 8, 1952; Heavens bells ring in this long awaited reunion! Mama will share a piece of eternal life with her grandson, Suan Boo-Boo Gordon and great-grandson, Clay Cross who preceded her in their untimely death. Nootney, as she was affectionately called by her siblings and others, will be met at Heavens gate by her sisters and brother Mabel Dolly Lovette, Annie Mae Guice, Charlie Mae Popcorn Smith, and Sam Washington, Jr.
Ms. Ora Dee leaves to cherish her precious memories: four devoted daughters, Roberta Conyers of Valdosta GA, Charlie Mae Cross of Homerville GA, Faylua (Benjamin) Core of Powder Springs GA, and Ronda Gordon of Rex GA and a loving son, Lavell (Doris) Bolden and last surviving brother, Charles Jackson of Homerville. Ms. Bolden was the sister-in-law to Maxine McLean, Brooklyn NY. Extended family include William (Jeannette) Tyson of Orlando FL, Almarie Green of Albany GA, Charlie (Rose) Bryant of Homerville.
Mama will be missed by loving grandchildren Ora Tiller of Homerville, Dr. Ronda (Lindsay) Scott of Valdosta, Cassandra (Terrence) Mathious of Dallas GA, Lashonna (Elvis) Smith of Fleming Island FL, Dondre (Catina) Lacey of Homerville, Charlotte Gordon of Victorville, CA, Deidre (Richard) Woods of Hampton GA, Rose LaBette (Randell) McCrae; 15 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren. Mama adopted her private sitters as her own Shona Daniels, JoAnn Taylor, Angela Ferguson, Renay Mincey, Gabriel Gamble, Paula Coachman, Adrienne Robinson, Maybell Johnson, Kassandra Dunbar, Tocarro Cowart. Special thanks to Dr. Samuel Cobarrubias, Dr. Larry Smith, Dr. Thomas Hobby, Langdale Hospice, and home health care agencies.
Family visitation will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Browns Chapel AME Church, Homerville from 3pm to 5pm. Homegoing services follow on Sunday, November 26th at the church, 2pm. Interment will take place at Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville with repast at the Homerville Train Depot. Fluker Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 23, 2017