Tommy Bolus was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on September 16, 1951. Tommy has been a lifelong resident of James Island and Folly Beach. He attended the public schools of Charleston from 1st grade through high school. While attending James Island High School, he was the President of the National Junior Honor Society 1966-1967, and was President of the James Island High School Student Body in 1968-1969. He was Captain of James Island High School Wrestling Team, which finished second in the State in 1969 and was a State Wrestling Champion in the 156 lb. Division 1968-1969. He graduated from James Island High School in 1969, second in his Class.


Tommy Bolus attended the College of Charleston, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1973, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received the Excellence in American History Award from the Rebecca Motte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. While attending the College of Charleston, he was the President of the Charleston Surfing Association from 1972 to 1973, and the President of the King George Barbell Club at the College of Charleston from 1971 through 1973. While President of the Barbell Club, at 20 years old and weighing 162 pounds, Tommy cleaned and jerked 240 pounds and bench pressed 315 pounds.


After graduating from the College of Charleston, Tommy Bolus attended the University of South Carolina Law School from 1973 through 1976. While attending Law School, he developed a strong passion for road running, and ran numerous races in the Charleston area and ran races around the entire State of South Carolina. Tommy's personal times included a 4 minute 21 second mile at the age of 30, and a 34 minute 52 second 10k Cooper River Bridge Run at the age of 30, a 32 minute 54 second 10k, and a 15 minute 38 second in the 5k. He won numerous age group awards in races around the State, and once finished 2nd in his age group in the Cooper River Bridge Run.


Tommy has always had a very strong passion for surfing. He has surfed for over 44 years, and has traveled to places throughout the world in search of the perfect waves. Tommy has traveled to Florida, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Hawaii, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Barbados riding the waves and enjoying the rush, peace and serenity surfing brings to the avid surfer. Tommy is now "the old goat" of surfing, and rides a 10-foot long board.


Tommy has always been civic-minded and served as President of the James Island Little League Association from 1993 through 1995. Tommy is currently and has been President of the Creek Point Neighborhood Civic Association for years. He served as City Councilman for the City of Folly Beach from 1986 through 1990. Tommy was the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Folly Beach Municipal Court from 1982 through 1985.


Tommy was raised by his mother and father, Martha Jean Hayslip Bolus and Dawson Earl Bolus, along with his two brothers, Robert and Keith, and his sister, Jeannie.


Tommy's mother attended Converse College for 2 years on an athletic scholarship, and then graduated from Georgia State College for women in 1948. Tommy's mom touched the lives of many young people, teaching in the Charleston Public School System for 30 years years, and is now retired.


Tommy's father has since passed, but was the youngest of nine children. Tommy's father enlisted with the United States Army at the very young age of 15, and ultimately served his country throughout the full U.S. involvement in World War II, during which time he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served with the 101st Airborne Division, and saw action at the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Tommy's father graduated from Wofford College in 1953.


Tommy's strict and modest upbringing has played an integral part in molding him into the man and attorney he is today. He knows the value of a dollar, and how important it is to help your fellow man in their times of need. One of Tommy's root beliefs is that we should "never forget where we came from", and he practices just that when assisting families and individuals who are already experiencing turmoil and hardship in their lives, due to personal and/or legal problems they may be facing.


Tommy has been married to his lovely wife, Donna Bolus, for 33 years. Donna recently retired from the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC, after many years of service. Tommy and Donna Bolus have two sons, Dawson Bolus, age 29, and Ashton Bolus, age 30, both of whom graduated from the College of Charleston.





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Michael Tommy Bolus

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2127 Dorchester Rd

North Charleston, SC 29405



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