Drum Funeral Home - Conover

509 First Ave South, Conover, NC


Wayne Carlton Bolton

February 26, 1933May 29, 2020

Wayne Carlton Bolton, age 87 of Conover, NC, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. He was born February 26, 1933 in Catawba County, the son of the late Frank Bolton and Grace Carpenter Bolton.

Wayne had a long military career of 24 years serving in the United States Air Force.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rebecca Bolton of the home; Rebecca’s children, Cindy Atkinson and husband Barron of Newton, Terri Spencer and husband Tony of Hickory, and Scott Frye and special friend Nan Whitener of Conover; Wayne’s children, Dale Bolton, David Bolton, and Leona Bolton; brother, Stan Bolton and wife, Jean; sister, Lottie Davey-Beyer; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved him dearly.

A receiving of friends will begin at 5:00 p.m. with military honors provided by Shaw Air Force Base on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Drum Funeral Home in Conover, and will conclude at 7:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the Bolton family at www.drumfh-conover.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Baptist Childrens Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.

The Bolton family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC


  • Receiving of Friends

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020


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Dale Greeson

June 10, 2020

Sorry for your loss. We've known Wayne since 1973

Katherine Huffman

June 10, 2020

Sending love to my North Carolina family, from your Alaskan cousin and Lottie’s daughter. I have such good memories of visiting all of you, collecting fireflies, picking tomatoes, afternoon thunder storms, croquet on the lawn, Grandma Grace’s pot pie. Although it’s been such a long time, please know that my mom and I have you in our hearts during this time of loss.

Tammy Yates Craig

June 9, 2020

Dale, David, Leona, and family we are so very sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort now and in the days, weeks, months, and years from now. Love, Betty, Eddie, and Tammy

Dale Bolton

June 7, 2020

Hello, I am the second son of Wayne C. Bolton, My name is Dale Bolton. First I would like to thank my father for his military service to his country, which was a great honor for him following in his father's footsteps. my dad loved to travel and as a family we traveled all over the world, until finally settling down in Conover, N.C. Dad loved the outdoors and riding on his BMW motorcycles, listening to country music and enjoying a good drink.... Dad we had a lot of good times together and I am proud to be your son. Love You

David Bolton

June 6, 2020

As I am the oldest son of Wayne, David Duane Bolton and also the son of Joan Margaret Valerie Collard Bolton. I grew up with the privilege of being born into a half American and half British family. My father was born in Catawba County, N.C. and my mother born in the County of Kent in Great Britain south east of London. I myself was born in Landstuhl, Germany and to my surprise have three birth certificates. The German economy birth certificate, the U.S. Army Hospital birth certificate and the U.S. Consulate birth certificate. Where else in the world can you get that many birth certificates unless your from a military family! You have to live the life of a military family to know the life of a military family. I am very proud to have traveled the world with my parents until my father retired from the Air Force in 1972 and we settled in Conover, N.C. My parents collected antiques from all over the world to furnish our home, most being from the continent of Europe and Great Britain. One of the most remembered quotes from the years father was in the Air Force came from my Beloved Mother “ There is no Greater Honor than the Honor you Live with “. Always a loving son to my father and mother.
David Duane Bolton