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Joe Dolan is remembered in a memorial resolution PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Smeltser   
Monday, December 31, 2012 6:15 AM

The life experiences and commitment to Hardeman County of Joe Dolan were summed up in a memorial resolution that was adopted on Tuesday, December 11 by Bolivar Mayor Barrett Stevens. Dolan, who passed away earlier this year on June 19, was recognized for his public service and his civic involvement. He was born in Greenfield, Tennessee and moved with his parents to Bolivar at the age of two, so Bolivar was Dolan’s hometown and he contributed greatly to the area.
Dolan later graduated from Bolivar Central High School in 1957 and continued his education at Union University. He married Mary Ruth Naylor on July 23, 1960 and they later became the parents of two daughters, Deborah Bryant (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Lisa Morris (Bolivar). Lisa and her husband Kevin Morris were able to attend the ceremony.

Joe was employed by Bolivar Energy Authority for 20 years, but was probably most recently remembered for his establishment and management of the Bolivar Farmers Market, which has continued to grow and become a great asset to the county.
The resolution also noted other accomplishments of Dolan as a resident in the county as well as “deeply regretting the passing of this fine public servant,” which is how he will be remembered.

Memorial Resolution
Joe William Dolan
January 3, 1939 – June 19, 2012

WHEREAS, Mr. Joe William Dolan passed from this life on June 19, 2012; and

WHEREAS, he is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Mary Ruth Naylor Dolan, and two daughters, Deborah Bryant and Lisa Morris; and

WHEREAS, Joe was a well-known and liked citizen, valued public servant and an active member of many civic organizations; and

WHEREAS, he was a member of the Bolivar Regional Planning Commission and his love for local history and preservation was expressed by serving as an active member of the Bolivar Historic Zoning Commission; and

WHEREAS, he was an avid sports fan, worked diligently and supported TSSAA as an official and refereed basketball, football and softball; and

WHEREAS, over the years, he worked for Bolivar Energy Authority and Bolivar Motor Company; and

WHEREAS, his most recent work was aimed toward the organization, start up and success of the Bolivar Farmers Market by managing and coordination; and

WHEREAS, he was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school; and

WHEREAS, served his country in the National Guard; and

WHEREAS, Joe worked hard to promote local business as a radio personality and voice spokesman to advertise for various companies; and

WHEREAS, Joe had a witty sense of humor, positive attitude and was an outstanding resident of Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Board of Councilmen, that by this Resolution we do deeply regret the passing of this fine public servant and that we express to his wife and family our heartfelt sympathy in their loss; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this tribute to his memory be spread upon the minutes of this meeting and a copy be given to his wife and family.

Adopted this 11th day of December 2012.


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