War veteran, county commissioner, and community leader M.A. Bouldin died Friday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was 84.
Mr. Bouldin was a personable man who was known for his cooking and his love of country stores. He owned Campaign Market twice, Rock Island Market once and was the manager of his daughter’s store, Eastside Market, for another 20 years.
An early bird, Mr. Bouldin would regularly get to work at 4 a.m. to prepare for the breakfast crowd that would begin to arrive around 5 a.m. Some of his loyal customers were known to call him the best cook in the world.
He served his country proudly for 23 months overseas in the Korean War and continued to be active with the color guard and helped perform military funerals across the Midstate.
Mr. Bouldin was known for his tender heart and his willingness to help a neighbor in need. He would take friends who were unable to drive to their doctor appointments – even if the appointment was in Nashville.
He was an active Democrat who was also active with his church, the Church of God of Prophecy in Campaign. He played a key role in monthly Campaign community suppers, usually contributing with his delicious cooking.
He was a prankster who was always quick to joke around. For one of his gags, he would pretend to get mad and throw one of his regular customers out of the store just to see the reaction of a newcomer at the market who didn’t know him.
At the time of his death, Mr. Bouldin was serving his fourth term on the Warren County Commission, representing the 7th District. He worked closely with Commissioner Kenneth Rogers, who also represents the 7th District.
“M.A. is going to be missed in this community and missed on the County Commission,” said Rogers.
Mr. Bouldin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Johnnie Belle.