Tommy Bolt, 92, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Aug. 30, 2008, at the White River Medial Center in Batesville, Ark. He was born March 31, 1916, in Haworth, Okla.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and became a professional golfer in 1946. He worked as a caddie and club professional in Shreveport, La. He didn't join the PGA Tour until he was in his 30s, but went on to win 15 PGA Tour titles, including one major championship, the 1958 U.S. Open. He was a member of the United States Ryder Cup teams of 1955 and 1957. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Evening Shade.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Lou Bolt of the home; one son, Tommy W. Bolt of Evening Shade; two grandchildren, Tracy Jane Bolt and Thomas Taylor Bolt both of Ash Flat; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, one brother and one sister.
Private graveside services were held Sept. 2 at the Evening Shade Cemetery in Evening Shade, Ark., with Rev. Larry Morris officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark.
Pallbearers were Larry Pries, Jim Dawson, Jim Johnson, David Boon, Dave Kaylor and Jim Wann.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Highland High School Golf Team Scholarship Fund at FNBC in Ash Flat.