Galvesta’s journey began on April 17, 1938 in South Carolina, one half of a set of twins to Albertha White
and Heyward Bolden, and was raised by Ruth and Heyward after her mom’s death. This union added 3
siblings, (Shirley, Rister and Andrea) to the four she already had (Rosalee, William, John – her twin
brother, and Viola).
The family soon relocated to New York where she graduated from Mabel Dean Bacon Vocational High
School. It was also in New York where she met and married Isaac Frazier and had children Debra, Kevin,
and David. After his death, she married James Devine and had James.
She worked at various jobs including the New York World’s Fair and Bloomingdales where she retired
after 19 years. Later she returned to school and became a Certified Nursing Assistant and went to work
as a home health aide. She relocated to Virginia and began a career at Riverside Nursing and
Convalescent Center as a Nursing Assistant.
She was a woman who loved God and her family. If you spent any time with her, you became part of
her family. She became an adopted mother, grandmother, and auntie to many, who to this day, still
refer to her as family. No matter where she was, she touched many people with her sweet, loving, and
caring ways. Whether in New York or Virginia, at a nursing home as a worker or resident, her spirit
touched those who took care of her. Her heart and home were always open to all, never turning anyone
She loved church! At Little Mt. Bethel, she served on the Usher Board, as a Pastor’s Aide, on the
Missionary Ministry, as a Deaconess and with her beloved Traveling Chorus. At First Baptist Morrison,
Newport News, VA, she was ordained as a Deacon. In 2008, she returned to New York and restored her
membership to her home church.
After a long and hard fight, her life on this earth came to a close on Monday, March 8, 2021.
She leaves, to carry out her legacy of love and caring, her four children, Debra, Kevin (Easa), David
(Robin), James (Audrey); 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Andrea Bolden and Viola
Mungin; 1 brother, Rister Frist; 2 adopted-by-heart daughters: Julie Byrd and Sharon Moore (Virginia);
and her long-time friend, Edna Walton, a host of godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
If you listen closely, you can hear her say: “I didn’t die, I just relocated to Heaven. So don’t worry we will
meet again someday!”
A Walk-Thru will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Bostick Funeral Home Chapel in Ridgeland, South Carolina from 4-5PM.
A Committal Service will be held at First Pine Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery in Pineland, South Carolina at 10:00AM on Monday, March 22, 2021,