Tina Bolyard

Tina Marie Wolfe Bolyard, age 60, of Fellowsville, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones at her home.

Born October 7, 1958, in Grafton, she was a daughter of the late Truman Paul and Rita Jean Shaver Wolfe.

Bolyard was a graduate from Newburg High School Class of 1976, where she was a cheerleader and student activist. She worked most of her life in the newspaper business where she quickly worked her way to the top. She got her start at The Preston County Journal before taking her talents to the Mountain Statesman, where she quickly rose through the ranks to editor and general manager.

She was awarded the West Virginia Young Careerist Award and became president of the West Virginia Press Association. Bolyard spent most of her career as co-owner and editor of Preston Publications, the place where she got her start.

She loved traveling around Preston County preserving its history and telling the stories of its people. Bolyard believed everyone had a story to tell and loved being a part of helping them share it. More recently she was the creator and planner of the local Happy Birthday Jesus Party which celebrated Jesus and gave back to the community.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 39 years, Gary, of Fellowsville; a son, and spouse, Nick and Melissa Bolyard, of Newburg; a daughter, and spouse, Brittany and Cory Luzier, of Arthurdale; a brother, and spouse, Terry and Debbie Wolfe, of Howesville; three granddaughters, Natalie Bolyard, Chelsea Bolyard and Elia Luzier.

Funeral service was held January 14 at Bolyard Funeral Home in Newburg. Burial was in Mount Israel Cemetery at Marquess.

Memorial donations can be made in Bolyard’s memory to the next Happy Birthday Jesus Party, c/o Brittany Luzier, PO Box 272, Arthurdale, WV 26520.

Online condolences may be made at www.bolyardfuneralhomewv.com

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