Neal Bolin

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Cornelius John "Neal" Bolin, Jr.​

Judge, 1st Judicial District Court for Caddo Parish, Louisiana
In office
1968​ – 1990​
Succeeded by Scott Crichton​

Born December 1, 1924​
Mansfield, DeSoto Parish,
Louisiana, USA
Died July 2, 2007 (aged 82)​
Shreveport, Louisiana​
Resting place Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport​
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Madeline Morvant Bolin (married c. 1948-2007, his death)​
Children Madeline Anne Nance Willhite

John H. Bolin, Sr.
​ Adele Hartrick Coleman
​ Jeanise Mulcahy
​ Robert Bolin
​ Martin P. Bolin
​ Eleven grandchildren​

Residence Shreveport, Louisiana​
Alma mater Clifton Ellis Byrd High School​

Louisiana State University
Law Center​ (Baton Rouge)

Occupation Attorney

United States Navy in World War II

Cornelius John Bolin, Jr., known as Neal Bolin (December 1, 1924 – July 2, 2007), was a Democratic state court judge in Shreveport, Louisiana, with service from 1968 to 1990.​


Bolin was born to C. J. Bolin, Sr. (1887–1973), and the former Annie Walker (1895–1979) in Mansfield in DeSoto Parish. The family moved to Shreveport, and Bolin graduated from Clifton Ellis Byrd High School in 1941. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He received his legal degree in 1952 from Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge and practiced law in Shreveport for six years until he was appointed an assistant district attorney for Caddo Parish, a position that he held for eleven years. On August 17, 1968, Bolin was elected judge of the First Judicial District, Division "C" in Caddo Parish. He was re-elected unopposed until his retirement. During his tenure, he served twice as chief judge. After retirement, he served the court twice as a temporary judge.[1]

He was an active member of the American, Louisiana, and Shreveport bar associations, the American Legion, and Kiwanis International, having served as the club president in 1972.[1]

Bolin died in Shreveport and is interred at Forest Park East Cemetery,[1] alongside his wife of fifty-nine years, the former Madeline Morvant (October 23, 1926 – June 10, 2015). She was a native of Crowley in Acadia Parish and a graduate of the New Orleans Charity Hospital School of Nursing. The couple had six children: Madeline Anne Willhite and husband John (formerly Madeline Nance); John H. Bolin and wife Nicole; Adele Coleman and husband Richard (She was formerly married to Glenn Hartrick.); Jeanise Mulcahy and husband, Patrick; Robert Bolin (formerly married to Shelley Bolin), and Martin P. Bolin (since deceased), and eleven grandchildren.[2]

Then Chief District Court Judge Charles Scott, later the Caddo Parish district attorney, said that Bolin "was a good mentor to many of the judges of the courthouse. He was a good friend and a good family man. He served the community very well, and we are saddened by his death."​

He was not related to former state representative and 26th Judicial Judge Bruce Bolin.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 C. J. "Neal" Bolin. The Shreveport Times (July 4, 2007). Retrieved on June 12, 2015.
  2. Madeline Bolin obituary. The Shreveport Times (June 12, 2015). Retrieved on June 12, 2015.