Barbara Ann Bolden

February 25, 1937 ~ April 3, 2022 (age 85)


Barbara Ann Bolden (Woods) was born February 25, 1937.  She was the second child to Elijah (Willie) Woods with the first being brother Lavern Woods and third Faye Woods. Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church 901 Calhoun Street. Where she remains a member and where her dear sister is an active member to this day.

Motherhood came to Barbara during her early adulthood and produced two beautiful children, she later married and produced three more beautiful children.  Her and James (Husband) went on to lead and nourish this family for years to come.

Much of Barbara’s days consisted of cooking! Cooking was a very familiar place for Barbara, as she was an employee of the Veterans Administration for about 30 years.  There she accrued many friends, as well as family members for whom she shared a workspace with; one being Faye (Dough baby) Talbert, who is her beloved sister and a host of other relatives went on to retire from that old job, all while supporting their families with that check.

It wasn’t strange that Barbara would work for an establishment like the V.A. Hospital because Mrs. Barbara herself was an avid supporter of the Military and its veterans.  Her husband, three children, brother, uncles and many more family members were veterans some even war veterans.  She was truly dedicated to supporting the troops.

As Barbara got older, retirement was at the doors but she couldn’t keep still Shew would soon be working for the Little Rock School district cooking again.  Well, this job was bit short live completed to the other.  That seasoned body was asking for less intensive labor, and Barbara found it and much more when se embarked on office work.  Yes, she was working using computers as an administrative/front desk employee for a vey impressive law firm.  Here shew would meet friends for life, that love and cherished her presence.  She often expressed to the office how her last husband had told her twenty years prior that she was going to need to learn the computer; and she did.  She performed that job until it was time to retire once again.

            After retirement, Barbara spent many days in the swing on her front porch rocking the time away, talking to neighbors, and showering her grandkids with wisdom.  Barbara loved flowers and enjoyed the spring of year.  She had a green thumb and as time went on and she couldn’t plant anymore, she glorified in the fact that she had sons that could do it for her. 

Mrs. Barbara fought dementia in her late years and had succumb to the disease on April 3, 2022.

Barbara leaves to cherish a sister Faye Talbert (Earl), son Michael Watson, daughter Sharon Palmer (Jimmy), son Jomo Bolden (Isrechea), daughter Sonya Cole (Dennis) and daughter Nakia Bolden and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Barbara also had many special nieces and nephews, and she will be dearly missed.

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Family Hour
April 13, 2022

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Brown-Calhoun Funeral Service
7117 Geyer Springs
Little Rock, AR 72209

Funeral Service
April 14, 2022

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church
901 Calhoun St.
Little Rock, AR 72202

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