Louise P. Bolden-Lyles affectionally known as “Ball Ball”,was the eldest daughter of the late Augustus and Willie Mathis-Bolden. She was born on December 14, 1920 in Greenville, SC. She went home to be with the LORD on Tuesday March 31, 2020.
Louise spent most of her life in Asheville, where she received her education. After receiving her education she worked several jobs, and eventually became a traveling domestic worker and also later worked for Dr. Mary Frances Shuford. This was her most notable position because she was very instrumental in assisting Dr. Shuford, who pioneered the work to overcome racial disparities in Asheville’s health care system.
As a young woman, she accepted Christ in her life at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she and her family were former members. Her hobbies included dancing, walking, jigsaw puzzles, and playing checkers. Many things to many people, Louise will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially all the children she cared for and her family who honors her for the many sacrifices she made.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Tom Lyles, brothers Claude Jr., Ozzie, Devore, Pellham, Joe, James, and Harding Bolden, sisters Barbara Jean Sullivan and Dorothy Young, special sister-in-law Mildred Bolden, and a great-grandson Gregory Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory a loving daughter Diana L. Geter of Asheville, three granddaughters who she helped raise, Mary Geter (Wesley), Diana Murdock (Eric), and Latash Allison (Rodney) all of Asheville, two sisters Cerease Rogers of Norfolk, VA and Shirley Haskins of Surprise, AZ, special nieces Viola Jones (Joe) and Cynthia DeVerger (Derrick) both of Asheville, special nephew Marvin Young (Brenda) of Tallmadge, OH, eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.
Viewing for Mrs. Lyles will be held on Thursday April 9th from 11am - 4pm, and Friday April 10th from 11am - 4pm at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest during a private family service.
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