William Rilie Bolt Jr., 68, of Dandridge, Tennessee, passed away at home on January 13, 2021. Bill’s family was at his bedside when he lost his brave battle with Bulbar Palsy, a form of ALS.
Tennessee was Bill and his wife Terry’s retirement home. However, his roots ran deep in Maryland – especially in Harford County, MD. Mr. Bolt was one of the few civilian employees in the Fire Suppression Unit at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) in Maryland where he worked as an explosives expert for 36 years. He was an integral part of a successful team effort at APG to remove ozone-depleting substances from fire suppression chemicals, Bill left this world a safer, better place.
Bill’s tight-knit family survives him. Wife Terry (Taylor) Bolt, daughter Jennifer (Bolt) Batson, her husband Luke Batson, their beloved daughter Riley, named after her grandfather and great grandfather and his sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Donnie Middleton, will miss him dearly.
The Bolt-Batson family would like to especially thank the nurses from the University of Tennessee’s Medical Center’s Hospice Services for their invaluable efforts on Bill’s behalf.
Due to Covid-19 considerations, there will be no formal funeral. Bill was privately a very spiritual man and the family asks that you not send flowers but send any donations to the ALS Association at https://donate.als.org.