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Originally published: 2014-07-11 16:56:27
Last modified: 2014-07-11 16:57:09

Coy U. Bolick

Coy U. Bolick, 83, of Charlotte, N.C., son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Docia Harrison Bolick of Boone, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Following two years of service in the Army during the Korean Conflict, he graduated from Appalachian State Teacher's College, completing a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in school administration. 
After teaching in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, Mr. Bolick co-owned a local service station, later contracting to service tires for several major freight lines within a 100-mile radius of Charlotte. 
He also built miniature golf courses from the mountains of West Virginia to the deltas of New Orleans.
Mr. Bolick returned to teaching in the 1960s at Charlotte Christian School, where he also served as a board member.  In the 1970s, he returned to public education in Gaston County, retiring after dedicating 30 years of his life in total to teaching and school administration. 
In the 1980s, Mr. Bolick served as a deacon at Sharon Baptist Church.
During his retirement years, Mr. Bolick grew Christmas trees on his mountain acreage in Watauga County, which he sold himself in Charlotte, N.C., earning the name "The Christmas Tree Man."
Mr. Bolick was a beloved husband, a loving father and grandfather. 
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Templeton Bolick; daughters, Janice Bolick of Charlotte, Julie and husband, David, of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandsons, Evan Jones and Daniel Jones; sisters, Christine Harmon and Cleo Cook of Boone and Nadine Willard of Mt. Airy; and a brother, Ben Bolick, of White Plains.
A service to celebrate the life of Coy Bolick will be held Sunday, July13, 2014, at Union Grove Christian Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m., before the 4 p.m. funeral service, followed by a time of fellowship for family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at
Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home in Statesville is honored to be serving the Bolick family.