B olton Funeral Home’s history began in 1950 when Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. (Doris) Bolton, Sr. purchased Walton Funeral Home from Mr. Homer Walton, his former employer, who had owned the funeral home for many years. As was the case for many funeral homes in the early 1900s, Walton Funeral Home was adjacent to Walton’s Mercantile Store, where current day Main Street Florist and Scavangers (a local antique and gift shop) are located. The funeral home was located in the building that now houses the City Pool Hall. Mr. Walton bought the Lightcap House, a local dentist office, and converted it into the first freestanding funeral home facility in Columbiana. It was located about one block from the original location behind the old Shelby County Courthouse, which is now the Shelby County Museum.
Mr. & Mrs. Bolton were very involved in the community. Mr. Bolton served many years as Little League coach, Mayor of Columbiana, and Shelby County Coroner. They donated land to the city for the development of a Little League Baseball field, which was named Bolton Field. The field is still used today by the girls’ softball league.
Robert N. “Rob” Bolton, Jr. grew up in and around the funeral home and often refers to the “Hey Boy Days” when his father would say, “Hey Boy, come help” with this or that. In 1972, Rob joined his parents in the full time operation of the business. In 1978, Mr. Bolton turned over the management duties to his son.
In 1991, Mr. & Mrs. Bolton sold the business to Jeff Gamble due to Mr. Bolton’s failing health. Robert N. Bolton, Jr. remained to manage the funeral home for Jeff Gamble as well. In 1993 Mr. Gamble sold the business to Prime Succession, Inc.
In 2004, Letlow-Bolton, Inc purchased the funeral home and some nearby cemeteries (Pinelawn Gardens adjacent to funeral home, Shelby Memory in Calera, AL and Greenhill Memorial Gardens in Childersburg, AL) through Prime Acquisition Group (PAG) from Prime Succession on January 27, 2004.
On April 27, 2009 Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home was acquired by Columbiana Enterprises, LLC to continue the tradition set out by Mr.& Mrs. Robert (Doris) Bolton, Sr., the name returned to Bolton Funeral Home.