GRAFTON—The memory of a local hero will live on inside the hallways of Grafton High School, thanks to the love and dedication of the Class of 1994.
Command Sergeant Major Timothy “Caveman” Bolyard died last September in an insider attack in Afghanistan, while on his seventh deployment. He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia.
The community was saddened by the news of his passing, but the Grafton High School Class of 1994 sprang into action to raise money, and honor their beloved classmate’s memory, for the Bolyard family.
“The class of 94’ started selling T-shirts shortly after Tim’s passing and this loving community of Grafton overwhelmed us with support,” commented Steve Louzy, who spearheaded the campaign. “Every establishment we walked into to start this project went above and beyond, as soon as I mentioned Tim’s name, they all immediately asked what they could do to help.”
On Friday, classmates met at Grafton High School to honor the hometown hero once more, with the presentation of a plaque and bench in Bolyard’s memory.
“We want to present you with this bench and a plaque that we have in remembrance of a pretty good dude,” said Louzy. “May they be displayed for eternity, so that all who pass through can see what a true American hero our town was blessed with.”
Louzy revealed that Bolyard was a proud man, but he was never boastful. He noted that the Bolyard family shared there were things that Bolyard had accomplished that not even they knew about.
“Tim always stayed right in the middle. He never got excited and he never got down. He always just stayed right in the middle and focused on what needed to be done,” Louzy said. “I learned that when soldiers working under him would get their orders and see Tim’s name across the top, it filled them with a sense of comfort, because they knew they were in good hands.”
He shared that that spoke to exactly who their classmate was, and he hoped that the bench and plaque would serve as a reminder of his bravery, heroism and his character.
Louzy noted that many businesses and individuals from the community were instrumental in raising the funds for the memorable items.
“I would like to thank Michael Shaffer at Black Bear Customs. He went above and beyond spending late nights completing our T-shirts orders. I want to also thank Kim Deusenberry at Subway for a very charitable donation to get us started and Lisa Williams-Jones at Prim and Proper Furnishings. The bench that she created turned out wonderful and I couldn’t have asked for a better piece to commemorate Tim,” expressed Louzy.
In addition, the Class of 94 would also like to thank Robbie and Kerry Nestor with Dirt Works; Chad Drainer with Express Employment; Brian Diltz and Dave Stevens with The Construction Company; Gary Rucker and Jeff Robinson with R&R Services; The Taylor County Senior Center; Jerry’s Restaurant; Mountaineer World; MK Speedway; Poling’s Construction; Shawn Nines; Taylor County Supply; Expresso Yourself Coffee House; Champion Brake and Driveshaft; Phil’s Tire and Battery; Sherry Henderson Knotts at Complete Eye Care; Frey’s Auto; Frontier Woodworks; Poling’s 76 Station; Hometown Hotdogs; J Bar Transport; Sam Summers at The Pit Stop; Kelley Lantz at the Dairy King; Derek Watkins at Leonard’s Grill; Hometown Pizza; and Mark Zeck Enterprises for making this possible.
Louzy said that he would also like to thank the Class of 94 for coming together in a time of tragedy to show their love and support for their fallen classmate.
“I can’t think of strong enough words to express how thankful we are to all these caring loving groups and companies,” Louzy voiced. “To Tim’s family, thank you for the son, brother, father and hero that we were blessed to know. The Class of 94 is honored to carry Tim’s memory forever.”