Ralph Bolton

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ralph R. Bolton, age 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria following a severe stroke. Known by everyone as Mr. Ralph, he was born on January 2, 1943 in Leesville, Louisiana
to Sud and Roberta (Stanley) Bolton. He was a 1961 graduate of Simpson High School. Mr. Ralph went on to graduate from Northwestern State University with an education degree. In 1962, he married Sandra Lewis, daughter of Wayne and Lorene Lewis of
Mr. Ralph was a lifelong resident of Vernon Parish and touched many lives during his 30+-year teaching career. He taught business classes to high school students at Leesville and Hicks High School and finished his teaching career
as an adjunct professor at Northwestern State University. Mr. Ralph had an uncanny ability to make you laugh, always had a story to tell, and never met a stranger. He loved going to the dirt track races with his son, visiting with his friends on the
front porch, watching TV and listening to old country music, and his wife’s cooking. Above all, Mr. Ralph loved his family and friends. He was a strong man who will be greatly missed.
Mr. Ralph is preceded in death by his father, mother,
and one brother, Hollis Bolton. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Sandra; son Jerry Bolton and his wife Charlene of Clinton, LA; daughter Tonya Smith and her husband Steve Smith of Centreville, MS; brother Travis Bolton and his
wife Joella of Simpson, LA; three grandchildren Justin LeBlanc, Abigail Smith, and Wesley Smith; and nieces Shelly Clutter, Jessica Dooley, Ashely Boykin, and Kim Boykin.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11:00
am in the Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville with Rev. Philip North officiating. Burial will follow in the Silver Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service in the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to DonorsChoose.org to help a public school teacher in need, the Children’s Miracle Network, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation
of America.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at The Woodlands and St. Francis Cabrini Hospital for their attentiveness and loving care.
Words of comfort may be extended to the Bolton Family at