Donald Glenn Bouldin, age 81, was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on September 2, 2019, in Matthews, North Carolina. Don was born on May 5, 1938, in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma, to the late Richard Graves Bouldin and Mabel Bell Bouldin. He attended Waco High School in Waco, Texas, where he served as captain of his baseball team and senior class president, as well as playing football, basketball, and participating in debate. Following high school, Don attended Baylor University where he graduated with a BA degree in both History and English, as well as a Masters in History. At the age of 18, Don accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and felt God calling him into ministry. He went on to receive a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary, as well as a Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1961, Don married Dwain Horsley Bouldin and the two of them began a lifelong ministry together, serving in churches in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. Don has served as senior pastor in several large churches across this region, including Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte, as well as serving as the interim pastor in various churches after his retirement. Don also served in Viet Nam as a chaplain in the army from 1967-1970, and has held many speaking, training, and leadership roles within the Baptist State Convention.
Above everything, Don's life was marked by his integrity and his love of the Lord. He was a gifted pastor, teacher, and counselor. He loved people and had the unique ability of being a strong and organized leader with a kind, gentle demeanor and a winsome smile. He was a great storyteller with a keen sense of humor. He loved his family and he loved life. He enjoyed Baylor football, a good bookstore, Texas chili, and strawberry ice cream with Snickers on top. He was a listener, an advisor, and an encourager. He left an indelible legacy on the lives of so many and he will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dwain Horsley Bouldin. He is survived by his sister, Francine Bouldin Lanier of Frisco, Texas, his daughter, Betsy (Steve) Maddox of Charlotte, North Carolina; sons Blake (Angie) Bouldin of Indian Trail, North Carolina, and Brent (Britney) Bouldin of Garrett Park, Maryland; 11 grandchildren, Ashley (John) Scott, Mark Maddox, Laura (Todd) Shipman, Lindy (Sean) Barcellona, Brianna (Zach) Wooten, Bryson Bouldin, Brett Bouldin (Marlee Wilmoth), Brad Bouldin, Bailey Bouldin, Brooklyn Bouldin, and Braxton Bouldin; 6 great-grandchildren, David, Caroline, Will, and Henry Scott, and Walker and Nora Wooten.
A Poem for Grandmommy & Papa
By Laura Shipman
Doorbell rings but there's no need.
Beckoned in by the scent - hot coffee, vanilla, full hearts
and hands cupped around beloved mugs mixed with warm cinnamon apples.
Plaid chairs sit squished, sunken in the best way.
History lines the shelves.
Books and memories, Father Time a welcome guest.
I'm perched by fluffy paws and floppy ears curled up on knit.
Bears tackle in the background, the usual soundtrack.
Watching not for a win,
but for a chance to reunite with a familiar friend,
slap the back of a college pal,
give a shout for where it all began.
Back rubs come with the company, two for the price of one.
I'm lulled into restful bliss,
soaking in the moment of complete comfort.
My eyes close and I'm always a kid again,
at home with the people, the hugs, and the ambiance.
The hand on my back stops, a soft pat.
I lean back on cushiony leather and listen.
The conversation wanders from God to people,
food to friendships, Bible to basketball, church to advice.
Every word with purpose, every word smart, clever.
All in love.
I take notes in the back of my mind.
Try to remember it all. All of this.
These grown up moments,
and all that they gave me as a kid.
Blue, oh so lonesome for you.
Country apple lotioned hands,
pollen coated woods
and restaurants that spin.
We tomahawk chopped like champs.
Pass the casserole. Grab an afghan.
Forever greeted by smiles and nightgowns,
khaki shorts and Baylor sweatshirts.
Open arms, listening ears, & kisses on the cheek.
Love you, sugar.
When: Saturday, September 7th, 2019 11:00am
Location: Carmel Baptist Church
Address: 1145 Pineville-Matthews Rd. matthews, NC 28105