James W. Bolyard, age 84 , of McGraw Ave., Grafton, WV passed away Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Grafton. He was born July 23, 1926 in Grafton, WV a son of the late Shade and Mary Prudence (Bartlett) Bolyard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Loretta (Henderson) Bolyard, who passed away December 8, 2006; two brothers, Dorsey Glenn Bolyard and Dr. Richard E. Bolyard; and two sisters Ardith Bolyard and Ada Louise Bolyard.
He is survived by his sister, Betty Jean Bolyard Felton of Rowlesburg, WV and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bolyard was a retired locomotive engineer with the B&O and CSX Railroads in Grafton with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Grafton for more that 50 years, serving as a trustee, deacon, and elder in the church. He was a member and Past Worshipful Master of the Grafton Masonic Lodge #15 A.F.&A.M.; a member and P.H.P. Of the Copestone No. 12 R.A.M.; a member and Past Commander of the Demolay Commandery #11, of Grafton; member and Past Worthy Patron of the Naomi Chapter #12 O.E.S. Of Grafton; Past Patron of the Grand Cross of Honor and was anointed High Priest of the York Rite College. He was also the local chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and past local president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive and Firemen and Engineers.
Mr. Bolyard served in the US Navy as a Seaman First Class during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He served on the ship U.S.S. Waukesha and while on this ship he was at Okinawa during that battle. He arrived in Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped and Tokyo Bay before the Japanese surrender was signed.
Donald G Ford Funeral Home Inc, Grafton, WV