OBITUARY

Michael Ray Bolden

May 9, 1952April 18, 2018
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Reflections On the Life, Love and ....... Legacy of Michael Ray Bolden On May 9, 1952, the Heavens opened on a beautiful spring day in San Diego for Michael Ray Bolden. He was the fifth child born to Frances LeEtta Bolden-Moore and Shelton C. Moore and even as a youngster, Michael (Mike) had a big heart and a giving spirit. He was educated in the Sweetwater Unified School district from elementary until his graduation from high school. Mike was “100% boy” with a love of the great outdoors and an adventurous nature. In his early years, he acquired a love for fishing, swimming, hunting and Kun-Fu, karate. Mike liked going to the J Street Pier to hunt for crabs and frogs. His love for the outdoors was apparent by the things he loved to do; he was in the Boy Scouts, Troops #822 and he was a life guard at Mission Bay and he loved to go swimming at Las Palmas Pool. And despite never taking a Karate class, Mike declared himself a black belt in the art. You never knew when he’d spring on your from a hiding place in the house with a karate chop to the body yelling “hiya”. Everyone would just duck and run away trying not to get hit by the self-proclaimed martial arts expert especially his favorite target, Shelly. His imitations of Bruce Lee would make everyone laugh. One of Mike’s favorite pastimes was watching movies at home like Hercules with Steve Reeves or any movie that featured Bruce Lee. But if you sat down to watch a movies with Mike, he would tell you everything about it before you saw it for yourself. When he wasn’t watching movies, you’d find him listening to music. Mike always played with his stereo set in the garage - this is how you knew whether if he was home or not. His favorite songs were “The World is a Ghetto” and “Slipping into Darkness” by the group “War”. Mike met the love of his life, Trina Sessom, and this union created a wonderful son they named, Michael D Bolden, fondly called, “Mikey” by family and friends. He loved his family with all of his heart and soul. This young pair became partners and life, love and work. Together, Trina and Mike managed an apartment complex in San Diego while raising a wonderful son. He was also employed at EDCO Disposal starting in 1971 as a sanitation truck drive and foreman. Mike was a “kid at heart” and he loved watching everyone’s children, especially his own nieces and nephews. He is warmly remembered for making his famous pancakes and drinking himself a cup of coffee. Mike owned two cars and they were his favorites, his beloved Z-28 and an orange Charger. He will be remembered as a strong, wonderfully kind individual who grew into a man and father who provided love, support and humor to all of us. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the trumpets blew, the angels rejoiced as the Heavens opened up a chariot descended and Michael Ray Bolden boarded it to glory. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances L. Moore and father, Shelton C. Moore. His loving partner, Trina Sessom; two sisters, Shirley Barry and Elizabeth Calles, and brother, Shelton C. Moore Jr. all of San Diego, CA. He leaves to forever cherish his memory his loving son, Michael D. Bolden, his two brothers, John (Tyna) Bolden, Sr. and Herbert (Beatriz) Bolden of San Diego, CA; sisters, Sandy Johns of Las Ve- gas, NV, and Patricia (Edwin) Lee, Katherine (Donald) Davis, Shelly Moore of San Diego, CA and Kimberly Lynn White of Lake Elisnore; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relative and many friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Michael D. Bolden, Son
  • Trina Sessom, Partner
  • John L. Bolden, Brother
  • Herbert T. Bolden, Brother
  • Sandy Johns, Sister
  • Patricia Lee, Sister
  • Kathleen Davis, Sister
  • Shelly Moore, Sister
  • Kimberly Lynn White, Sister
  • Frances LeEtta Moore, Mother
  • Shelton C. Moore Sr., Father
  • Shirley Berry, Sister
  • Elizabeth Calles, Sister
  • Shelton Moore Jr., Brother

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, May 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Michael Ray Bolden

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