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3/14/2019 3:27:00 PM
Herman Smith (Smitty) Bolick Jr.
December 17, 1944 - March 13, 2019

CONOVER, N.C. - Herman Smith “Smitty” Bolick Jr., 74, of Conover passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

He was born December 17, 1944 in Hattiesburg, Miss. to the late Herman S. Bolick Sr. and to Catherine Blackwood Bolick of Hickory. Smitty was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. He enjoyed golfing, working in his yard and searching for golf balls with his grandchildren. Smitty was a devoted helper in the community with Meals on Wheels, Highways and Hedges, and a former board member at Carolina Caring. Above all else, he enjoyed helping others personally and professionally as a lifelong insurance agent with Nationwide and later with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years Opal Eckard Bolick of the home; son Chadwick Bolick and partner Gene Chan of San Francisco; daughter Nicole Bolick Driver and husband Doug of Raleigh; mother Catherine Blackwood Bolick of Hickory; sister Linda Bolick and husband Jerome of Conover; grandchildren Ryan and Madeline Driver.

A memorial service to celebrate Smitty’s life will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. Rev. Paul Nelson and Vicar Alex Sloter will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church. Those serving as honorary pallbearers are Dr. Tom Goodin, Glenn Hunsucker, Mike Shook, Larry Robb, Steve Thornburg, Dr. Jim Ross, Martin Pannell and Wayne Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Caring of Robinson Road, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton NC, 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Bolick family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, N.C. is serving the Bolick family.

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