Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX


Sammie Jeff "Sam" Bolton Sr.

June 4, 1942September 15, 2020
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Sammie Jeff “Sam” Bolton, Sr., 78, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18th, at East Paris Baptist Church with Dr. Danny Moody & Rev. Wade White officiating. Burial will follow in Rockford Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Sam, the son of Jeff Curtis Bolton & Vinnie V. Bowman Bolton, was born June 4, 1942, in Biardstown. He began school at Delmar, and when the family moved to Paris he attended J.G. Wooten and graduated from Paris High School. At the age of 12, he began working for Joe Hillhouse at his grocery store. Later he worked for Morris Kimbell on the K Bar Ranch. Sam & his wife, Reva, owned and operated Premier Gas, and when they sold the business they bought Motel City Gulf. In 1983, he went into the convenience store business that was known near and far as Bo-Mart. In 1995, he brought in two partners, Hollie Swatsell and Hoyd Branch, and they opened Bo-Mart #2 and Bo-Mart #3. The stores were sold in 2002, and the Motel City Gulf building was converted into a tire store. In 2004, he joined Lowry Chevrolet, which became Paris Chevrolet, where he worked for eleven years. Sam retired for one week and went to work for Paris Farm & Ranch until October 2019. Sam could be recognized just by his laugh, and this laugh was contagious. He had a great love of Bluegrass Music and was a part of several groups; Simply Gospel, The Hard to Git Bluegrass Band for 10 years, and for the last five years the Bolton Family Bluegrass Band. He and James Martin had a radio program, Bluegrass Review, on KPLT Radio for many years. Sam was a member of East Paris Baptist Church and had served on the board of The Cowboy Church in the Camp where he was a tireless worker. He had served on the board of the Red River Valley Fair Association and was always willing to help in anyway.

He was an avid wood worker and found pleasure in building furniture for his family. Easter of this year he built crosses for the homes of his family and an eight foot cross for Wade White’s cabin. Sam enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Norris Lee Bolton, and a sister, Recie Ruthart.

Survivors include his wife, Reva Varner Bolton, whom he married in 1961, building 59 years of family and memories, two children, Jeff Bolton & wife Rae Jean, and Kay Bolton Hayes & husband Ronald all of Paris, grandchildren; Jeffrey Bolton, Russell Hayes & wife Brittney, Abbie Hayes, and Joshua Bolton, three great grandchildren; Kacen Hayes, Rebekah Hayes, and Everley Hayes, a sister, Peggy Head & husband Denny of Blossom, a brother-in-law, Ken Ruthart of Powderly, three nephews; Dickey Ruthart & Elayne, L. D. Ruthart & wife Karen, and Chris Head, along with a plethora of friends including a very special friend, Wade White, and special friends, Sandy & Jim Lassiter.

Casket bearers will be: Burrell Ashford, Denny Head, Chris Head, Dickey Ruthart, L. D. Ruthart, Ronald Hayes, and Jerry Bowers.


  • Burrell Ashford
  • Denny Head
  • Chris Head
  • Dickey Ruthart
  • L.D. Ruthart
  • Ronald Hayes
  • Jerry Bowers
  • James Martin, Honorary Bearer
  • Jim Lassiter, Honorary Bearer
  • Wally Kraft, Honorary Bearer
  • Toby Yoder, Honorary Bearer
  • Durrell Roddy, Honorary Bearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, September 18, 2020


Sammie Jeff "Sam" Bolton Sr.

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Gary Huggins

September 21, 2020

The world was a brighter place with Sam in it. His smile, laugh and positive attitude were his obvious traits. He also was interested in what you had to say and really cared about people. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play his guitar and sing. Just talking to him would brighten your day. We talked for hours about music and guitars many times. He was a great one and will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Deepest condolences to Reva, Kay and Jeff.

Durwood Foote

September 21, 2020

Everybody loved Sammie! I remember him as the "skinny" kid who worked at the Premier Station on N. Main and Provine Street AND who had a beautiful High Performance '66 silver Mustang with red stripe tires...so cool. Always laughing, I know your family finds peace and joy in the memories of Sammie's many friends! God bless you all and God grant you the peace and comfort that only comes from Him! Phil. 4:6-7


September 18, 2020

Just letting you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are so saddened and our hearts are heavy. We love and miss you guys!!! Hope to see you soon!
Brent & Jana Cash Wickham
Aunt Minnie's Yellow House
Mtn. View, AR

Phebe Allen

September 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the entire family.
Phebe Allen

Jan Copeland

September 18, 2020

Jeff so sorry to hear about your Dad. My prayers will be with you and your family.

Sue Gibson

September 18, 2020

Reva, Jeff and Kay,
I can’t begin to express the sorrow I’m feeling today. Somehow I thought Sam would live forever. Throughout the years, I always wondered if he ever had a bad day. He was always smiling and so upbeat.
I’m sure he did but I’ll bet very few ever saw it. I would always laugh and say if he ever ran out of jobs, he could always be a stand up comic. He was always quick with a funny line that just cracked us up. I will miss him so much. I just can’t imagine a world without him. Love to you all and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Linda Gorden

September 18, 2020

I remember Sammie walking down the halls of Paris High with a smile on his face. My ex-husband Joe Boyd was one of Sammie's best friends and I remember lots of good times in high school. My condolences and prayers go out to the family.

Jim Luttrall

September 18, 2020

I'm so sad to hear of Sam's passing. He was always such a bright spot whenever he was around. Wonderful man with a wonderful family. Truly a Paris icon, he will be missed.

Mark and Sylvia Askew

September 18, 2020

Our hearts are heavy for all of you in Sam's family. He was a wonderful friend to us and just being around him lifted our spirits!
On the occasions when our church, Main St. Presbyterian Church in Honey Grove, invited the Bolton family to bring their beautiful music to our church service, we were greatly blessed by their superior talent. Sam introduced us to, "Are You Praying Hard or are you Hardly Praying?" so we always requested that song at each service. That is a perfect song to tell you that our family is praying hard for each of you wonderful Bolton's!! We love you!
Mark, Sylvia, Cindy and Alyson Askew

Yvonne Christain

September 18, 2020

You are an icon in Paris Texas to those who had the joy and were blessed to know you, Sammy. This is not goodbye but, rather, "See you later!"


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