|Birth: ||May 25, 1847|
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1913|
Rev. Warner T. Bolling, D. D. Dr. Bolling was one of the distinguished members of the clergy of the Methodist Episcopal church. South, and in his high calling has labored with all of consecrated zeal and devotion. It is needless to say that he was a man of fine intellectual attainments, and further than this, he was a most effective pulpit orator and possessed of an executive ability that has enabled him to further the temporal, as well as the spiritual prosperity of the various churches which he served. He was at time of his death, April 16, 1913, pastor of the church of his denomination at Clinton, the judicial center of
Dr. Boiling was a scion of staunch and patrician old southern stock and a representative of families that were founded in Virginia, that cradle of much of our national history, in the colonial epoch. He was born in Greene county. Alabama, on the 25th of May, 1847, and was a son of Warner T., and Harriet E. (Smith) Bolling, both of whom were born and reared in Virginia. Warner T. Bolling removed from the Old Dominion state to Alabama when a young man and in the latter state he became a successful planter, his operations having been carried forward on a somewhat extensive scale. He suffered great losses through the ravages of the Civil war, as did most of the planters of the southern states, and both he and his wife continued to reside in Alabama until their death. They were devout and zealous members of the Episcopal church; they lived '' godly, righteous and sober lives;'' and they ever commanded the high esteem of all who knew them. Of their children, three sons and one daughter attained to years of maturity none of whom are now living. Dr. Bolling , of this review, was the youngest in.the family and the only one of the number to enter the ministry. One brother, Robert P. Bolling , was engaged in mercantile business, and another brother, George S., served in the quarter-master's department of the Confederate army of the Civil war.
On the old homestead plantation Dr. Bolling passed the days of his childhood, under the conditions and influences of the fine old southern regime,—a patriarchial system that gave to American history its only touch of generic romance. He was a lad of about fifteen years at the inception of the war between the states, and his youthful loyalty to the south was shown forthwith and in an insistent way. He tendered his service in defense of the cause of the Confederacy, by enlisting in May, 1861. and was attached first to the Harris Zouave Cadets, in Memphis, Tennessee, as Company D of the 154th Sr. Tennessee Regiment. Then he re-enlisted as a private in Company C, Second Tennessee Infantry, and with this gallant command he served from May, 1861, to May, 1865, the entire period of the great conflict between the north and the south. It was his to participate in many important engagements, besides innumerable skirmishes and other minor conflicts, and he proved a valiant and faithful young soldier in battling for a cause which he believed to be right and just and the story of which is written in words pregnant with the evidences of devotion, suffering and sacrifice. The Doctor took part in the battles of Shiloh, Perrysville, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, Ringgold Gap—the entire Atlanta campaign from Daltou to Jonesboro— Franklin and also Lost Mountain and Nashville, and in the last mentioned engagement he received a severe wound in the right arm. At the battle of Nashville, he was captured by the enemy, in December, 1864, and he was held a prisoner at Camp Chase, Ohio, until the close of the war, his parole having been granted in May, 1865. Dr. Boiling ever retained the deepest interest in his old comrades in arms and signified the same by his affiliation with the United Confederate Veterans' Association.
In the schools of his native state Dr. Bolling gained his preliminary education, which was supplemented by a classical course in historic old Emory and Henry College, at Emory, Virginia, an institution maintained under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal church, South. His theological education was acquired in the conference course of studies, and in 1868 he was ordained in the ministry, at Paris, Tennessee. In 1886 he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from St. Charles College, Missouri, in recognition of his high attainments and exalted service in the church, and in 1909, the same degree was conferred upon him by Peabody Institute, at Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Boiling labored in his high vocation for more than two score years, within which he garnered a generous harvest in the aiding and uplifting of his fellow men and in making his angle of influence constantly expand in beneficence and zeal, as an earnest worker in the vineyard of the divine Master. He joined the Memphis conference in 1868 and for nearly twenty years was one of the distinguished and influential representatives thereof, the while he had the affectionate regard and high esteem of the various communities in which he held pastoral charges, including those at Lexington and Covington, Kentucky; Hannibal, Missouri; Centenary Church, Payette, Missouri; St. Paul's, Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Mississippi; Shreveport, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; the Central Methodist church in Memphis, Tennessee; the Broadway church in Paducah, Kentucky; and the church at Fulton, that state. He was transferred to the West Virginia conference in 1880 and remained in other conferences to do special work directed by different Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, returning to the Memphis conference in 1904, where he remained until his death. The Kentucky towns he lived in, are included in the bounds of the Memphis conference. He held the pastorate of the church of his denomination in Clinton, Kentucky, from November, 1912, to April 16, 1913, on which date he died. He was buried in Forest Hill cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, his former home, on April 17, 1913.
Dr. Bolling was first married to Miss Mary Coley, of Milan, Tennessee, in 1870. Robert E., Margaret E., and Cora were children of this marriage, Cora dying in infancy, in 1873.
At Huntington, West Virginia, on the 5th of September, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Bolling to Miss Willie R. Jeter, who was born and reared in Virginia and who is a daughter of the late William Ryland Jeter, an honored and representative citizen of that state. Mrs. Bolling is a woman of most gracious personality and in her gentle influence she has effectively supplemented the endeavors of her husband in his pastoral work. Of the nine children of Dr. and Mrs. Bolling, two are deceased: Warner Tapscott, who passed away at the age of five years, and Arthur Davis, who was three years of age at the time of his death. The surviving children are: Margaret E., Robert E., Louise, Mary, Helen Meade, Gladys and Randolph P. Robert E. is a bachelor living in Detroit, Michigan; Margaret E., married E. H. Mullen of Columbus, Mississippi, and is now living in Los Angeles, California; Louise L., married John W. Fitzhugh of Jackson, Mississippi, and now lives in Memphis, Tennessee; Mary Randolph married Dudley Porter of Paris, Tennessee, where they live; Gladys Garland married George L. Alley of Fulton, Kentucky, where they now reside; Helen Meade resides at home; Randolph Peyton, thirteen years, also resides at home.
The late Rev. Dr. Bolling during nearly the last eight years of his life was a regular correspondent for the Sunday Commercial Appeal, writing for a number of years under "Reflections."
Warner Tabb Bolling (1802 - 1858)
Harriet E Smith Bolling (1804 - 1856)
Willie Jeter Bolling (1855 - 1915)
Margaret Bolling Mullen (1878 - 1948)*
Warner Tapscott Bolling (1883 - 1890)*
Arthur Davis Bolling (1887 - 1890)*
Infant Bolling (1892 - 1892)*
Gladys Garland Bolling Alley (1897 - 1931)*
Robert P. Bolling (____ - 1883)*
Warner T. Bolling (1847 - 1913)
Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown
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Record added: Mar 27, 2009
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