Alexander Wade Bolton

May 3, 1985October 21, 2017
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Alex Bolton had a welcoming demeanor, a genuine concern for those around him, and an irreverent sense of humor. Anyone who ever met him wanted to spend more time with him. That’s why his sudden passing on Saturday is even more tragic. Alex used to joke that he was like a shooting star who burned brightly for a short time, and then faded away quickly. Looking back on his many accomplishments and lives that he touched, there appears to be no analogy more fitting. Alex was born in Alexandria Louisiana, the youngest of a large family. He attended Alexandria Senior High School and then Baylor University. After college, he attended the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He was a hard worker and very capable attorney, focusing his practice on family law and ultimately working at Duffee + Eitzen in Dallas. It was practicing family law that cemented his desire not to have children or get married. It was only when he met his partner and love of his life, Gary Lee “J.R.” Gower Jr., that he began to relax his position on the latter. With J.R., Alex was a proud father to Wheaton Terriers Archibald Finnius and Oliver Randolph. Every person who ever joined Alex for a Diet Coke (or Tito’s and soda), a scenic Dallas drive, or an East Dallas kiki will forever remember his laughter and enjoyment of life. He leaves behind many grateful colleagues and friends spanning from Alexandria to Waco, to Dallas, and beyond. His innumerable contributions to the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Vivaldi Patron Circle, and the Dallas Masonic Lodge will live on for many years to come. He was preceded in death by Roscoe A. Bolton, Rebecca Blayne Bolton, and June W. Henry. He is survived by Parents Carol and Bruce Kinder, Tommy and Amie Bolton; Partner Gary Lee “JR” Gower Jr.; Grandmother Sue M. Bolton; Siblings Shannon Ater Landry, Dan Ater (Rhonda), Thomas A. Bolton Jr (Chanel), Jennifer Bolton- Loup (Mark), Ryan Kinder (Angel), Stacey Kinder-Belle (Keith), Emilie Amie' Steinberg (Ethan) and Marshall Jones (Tyler); 15 Nieces and Nephews; and a host of friends and family. Pallbearers Dan Lewis, Daniel Baskind, Matt Davis, Brandon Hurwitz, Ethan Minshull, and Gerry Larmeu. Visitation will be Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225. A Memorial Service will be immediately after the visitation at 12:00 pm Noon at Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225. Donations may be made in Alex’s honor to the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitiation Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 26, 2017


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Cindy Brumfield

November 28, 2017

Carol, JR, Family, Friends and to all who knew & Loved Alex.
I think of Alex & my friend, his mom Carol, every day. They have a special bond & were alike in many ways. They both light up a room & made you feel honored to have their love & friendship. He is truly your guardian Angel, just look up, he is watching.
He will always be with us in our hearts. JR, I only met you once but immediately knew why you meant so much to Alex. You are a special person with wonderful life qualities.
Alex would want all of us to remember him for that smile he put on our face, the times we laughed together & his genuine love and interest he showed in All things dear to him. My daily thoughts & prayers will continue for you all.
Love, Cindy Brumfield, Lafayette, LA

November 27, 2017

Dear Bolton family,
I learned recently of Alex's passing and know that he was a former student of Alexandria Country Day School. Our entire ACDS school family would like to extend our deepest condolences for this tragic loss. Many who attended school with Alex remember him fondly. The Country Day family is thinking of you at this difficult time.
Nancy Rials
Head of School
Alexandria Country Day School

November 13, 2017

My heart breaks for you and your family. You know with gods grace and glory your heart will heal in time and you will see him again.
love you
Chip and Brenda Naramore

Thelma Clardy

November 3, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of Alex's passing. I didn't know him very well but I did see him from time to time at the courthouse. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. My deepest condolences to his family, his firm, and friends. May he rest in peace.

Dianne Nida

October 26, 2017

My condolences on the loss of Alex. He was a wonderful young man. I haven't seen him since he graduated from ASH. We had a great time in Choir!
God bless you all.
Bob and Dianne Nida

October 26, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time. Psalms 29:11

Carol Ann (Cat) Thompson

October 26, 2017

My heart goes out to the Bolton family for this tragic loss. Knowing the Bolton family and Alex since his birth, he was a fine young man and had a rich life ahead of him. May God put His comforting hand upon each of you.


October 25, 2017

God is close to the broken hearted psmals 34. 18 & 19.

Shenica Nelson

October 25, 2017

To the Alumni of Alexandria Senior High, I mourn with you. To the parents and close friends and acquaintances of Alex, I am praying for you. May God provide you with comfort during your time of bereavement!

October 25, 2017

To all of the friends, family and colleagues whose lives Alex touched, we're so sorry for your tragic loss of someone so wonderful, smart and funny. We knew Alex professionally, and came to really like him personally.

Ryan West and Kym Rodgers