Biography: Virginia Bolling was born Virginia Reid on December 25, 1917 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Her parents, Lewis and Ella Reid, had seven children: Ida, Nanny, Mary. Victoria, Virginia, Mabel and Fletcher. Virginia grew up and went to school between Virginia and Norlina, North Carolina. When she was old enough, Virginia went north to live with relatives in New Jersey. In 1945, not being able to get even factory work,Virginia worked as a “Live-in” Domestic for a wealthy woman in Harlem for two years. The time came for her to strike out on her own. She got a job with A Klein and Company and worked there 32 years until her retirement in 1980.
Virginia met and married Mr. Langford, a Quartet Singer. They traveled all over until Virginia got tired of “the road’. Soon after, they divorced. Virginia enjoyed her single life with family and friends. She belonged to New Zion Baptist Church, singing in the choir.
Virginia met Leonard Conway Bolling at the Celebrity Club in Harlem, New York after World War II. Leonard had been a Staff Sargent in the Army. They married on July 4, 1953, in Harlem, New York. They had one daughter,Virginia Darlene. They had a happy life with family and friends around.Leonard had gotten a job with the New York City Housing Authority. They all belonged to New Zion Baptist Church.
They moved to Bronx, New York in 1961. Soon after, Virginia and Darlene joined the Goodwill Baptist Church. Virginia sang in the Celestial Choir.Darlene sang in various choirs throughout the years. After a time, the neighborhood started to change. They moved to Co-op City in 1971. They remained friends with their old neighbors to this day. They again enjoyed a happy life until Leonard’s passing on January 17, 1985.
Virginia never married again. She helped raise her grandchildren, Giani and Tanara Price. She joined several clubs in Co-op City: The Retirees of Dreiser Loop, The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legions, AARP Peachtree Chapter and a “Good Friend” of the Community Protestant Church. Virginia really had a zest for life. She travelled all over, going on cruises and other trips with family and friends. She enjoyed lots of family celebrations. Virginia also received many citations over the years from Senators, Councilmen, Borough Presidents, Goodwill Baptist Church, AARP and the Retirees of Dreiser Loop; where she was honored as “Woman of the Year” on June 16, 2010.
Virginia also enjoyed longevity, living to be 102 years old. She enjoyed good health until a major stroke on January 25, 2020. She passed quietly, in her sleep on February 8, 2020. She was surrounded by love from family and friends. We were so blessed to have shared her life.
Virginia had a winning personality. She always had an encouraging word for anyone talking with her. She leaves behind to reflect on her life: Daughter, Virginia Darlene Price; Son-in-law, Ronald S. Price; Grandson, Giani S. Price; Granddaughter, Tanara C. Hewitt; Grandson-in-law, Dwayne D. Hewitt;Great-Grandson, Bryce J. Hewitt (Her “Toddler Boy”); Godson, Le Genza Alexander, Jr. and a host of devoted nieces, nephews and good friends. We will miss her greatly. To God be the glory.