OBITUARY

Carl Beverly Bolin

October 31, 1924April 23, 2021
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Carl Beverly Bolin, age 96, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on April 23, 2021.

Carl was born on October 31, 1924, to Orvilla and Carl Bolin in Alvin, Texas. After graduating from Alvin High School in 1942, he enrolled at the North Texas Teachers College–known today as the University of North Texas. His education, however, was interrupted by military service. He participated in World War II, the Korean War, and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1984 as a Lieutenant Commander.

During his Navy years, Carl was sent as an instructor to the Naval Training School in New Orleans, Visiting the city’s First Baptist Church he met Vera Prather, the church’s financial secretary. On July 9, 1946, Carl and Vera were married with the legendary pastor J.D. Grey officiating.

Carl eventually returned to North Texas Teachers College to earn his Master of Music degree. His education was soon put to work when he began the band program in the Garland school district. As the Garland High School band director, he composed both words and music for the school’s alma mater, loved and sung by generations of students since.

After retiring from the public school system, Carl joined the executive staff of Brook Mays Music Company. In 1961 the opportunity came to continue his musical pursuits when LeeRoy Till, minister of music at First Baptist Church of Dallas, invited him to begin a church orchestra. That he did, and in addition to the orchestra, a handbell group and an ensemble of Indonesian instruments called Ang Kluns were launched. Both groups were featured in concerts by the Chapel Choir of which Carl and Vera were sponsors. In later years, the couple stayed active in church life assisting the widows ministry.

Carl is survived by his son David Bolin, daughter Beverly Golden, daughter-in-law Julie Bolin and son-in-law Gary Golden. Carl’s grandchildren are Rachel Bolin Dresel, Daniel Bolin, Celeste Boyer and Geoffrey Golden all of whom affectionately call him “Papa”. Rachel’s husband is Billy Dresel; Celeste is married to Brandon Boyer, and Lisa Golden is Geoffrey’s wife. Carl found great joy in his great-grandchildren—Charlotte and Benjamin Boyer, Max and Maya Dresel, and Lydia Rose Golden.

A funeral service for Carl will be held Friday, April 30, 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, located at 1707 San Jacinto Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Burial will be held for the immediate family at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Memorial gifts can be made to Marketplace Chaplains (2001 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 3200, Plano, TX 75075) or the Music Ministry of First Baptist Dallas.

Sparkman Richardson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Judy Moore-Bird

May 2, 2021

Carl Bolin’s legacy, as an extraordinary Christian man, was represented in so many ways. As a gifted musician and the founder of Dallas’ First Baptist Orchestra, Carl shared years of church ministry with my husband, Jack Bird, the church’s Director of Media. Jack was particularly blessed when working with Carl and the choirs led by Lee Roy Till. Carl and I often shared tears of gratefulness for God’s music gifts, and the ability to witness for Christ in the marketplace. I’m certain that Carl’s faith touched many lives in his work outside of the church, providing musical instruments. Thank you, to the entire Bolin Family, for sharing Carl and Vera with so many of us who cherished their friendship through the years.

Kim Brittain

May 1, 2021

I knew Mr. Bolin from my years at Brook Mays Music. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a more kind-hearted man. My condolences to the family. God bless.

Carol Edgar

April 29, 2021

Carl was like an uncle to so many of us during our youth at First Baptist, and son David like a brother to me. Carl and Vera’s encouragement—both musical and spiritual—has continued to minister to me over these many decades. My love to you, David, and to the entire family, with gratitude for a life so full of devotion and service.

Brooke Burnett

April 29, 2021

I am the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the Tradition Senior Living. Everyone absolutely adored Mr. Carl! He blessed us with his beautiful music everyday. He will always be known as the Piano Man of the Tradition! I personally was able to get a hug from him every morning (and it was the highlight of my day!) He will be tremendously missed, but never forgotten.

The loss of Carl Bolin has impacted the Tradition family significantly. He was such a dear man and sweet spirit!
We can all look forward to hearing his amazing music with the Angels singing from above!

Our sincere condolences to his family!

Brooke Burnett

Mike Magers

April 29, 2021

Carl was one of the finest men I ever knew. He was gracious and humble, a fine musician and a mentor to many of us. He could easily be moved to tears and was compassionate. He loved Vera, all of his children and grandchildren and was always happy to give us an update on anything they were doing. He will be missed by me and my family, until we meet again.

Jane Baker Alford

April 28, 2021

David, Beverly and families:
Your Dad was such a great guy! Though the days since our Chapel Choir days together are so many years in the past I remember your family with such fondness.
Mr. Bolin was always so genuine and kind.
I know your hearts are heavy and that you will miss him terribly this side of Heaven!
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this time.
Jane Baker Alford


Lynn Allen

April 27, 2021

Robert and I send our deepest condolences in the loss of David’s father. It is not easy to lose a parent, no matter what the circumstances. Just let the Lord and those of us who care about you lift you up with love and caring.
Robert and Allen

Ann Lindsey

April 26, 2021

Deepest sympathy in your loss.
May you know the Lord's comfort and peace.
Ann Lindsey

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