John M. Bollinger

Published 9:56 am Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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Tryon– Johnny “John” Marvin Bollinger, 88, of Tryon, went to be with Jesus Friday evening, October 21, 2022 at Upstate Community Hospice House.

Born in Thomasville, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Frank Bollinger and Mildred Parrish Bollinger. John was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the U.S. Air Force Military Police. He moved to Tryon in 1980 and founded Bollinger Investments. He attended the University of North Carolina and Southern Mississippi. He was a well-rounded athlete, excelling in football, baseball, and tennis. He enjoyed being a coach for multiple teams and announcer for the Polk County football games.  For many years, he was a member of the Tryon United Methodist Church, and in later years he joined Gowensville First Baptist Church where he surrendered to the Lord and served as a Deacon. John enjoyed decoy collecting, traveling, reading, but most of all, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Randall Bollinger, in 2000.

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Surviving is his loving wife of 20 years, Sandra Byers Paff Bollinger; son, David Allen Bollinger (Lisa), grandson Michael Cowan Bollinger of Green Creek; and daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Bollinger (Rob Stanley) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Also surviving are stepsons, Daniel Paff (Lynne) of Landrum and Andrew Paff (Deborah) of Tega Cay, South Carolina; stepdaughters, Cindi Pope (Clay) of Clarksville, Tennessee and Heidi Paff Pruette of Montgomery, Alabama; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 am Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Gowensville First Baptist Church with Pastor Josh Phillips officiating, with a time for receiving friends at 10 am prior to the service.

Military rites will be conducted by the Polk County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.

Memorials may be sent to the V.F.W. Post 10349, 3788 NC-108, Mill Spring, North Carolina 28756.

An online guest register is available at


McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory
Tryon, NC