John R. "Pop" Holden
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John R. "Pop" Holden, World War II, D Day, Paris veteran, who landed on the beach of Normandy on June 6, 1944, died at the age of 92. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Kathryn, his wife of 67 years. He leaves his children, Skip of Myrtle Beach, Cliff of Asheville and his wife Kathy, Harriet Holden Altman of Jacksonville and her husband David, and Jayne Holden Chambers of Fuquay-Varina and her husband John. He loved his wife, his children, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and they adored him.
John was born in Greensboro, NC in 1921, where he attended city schools and Guilford College. In 1951, he moved his young family to Maysville, NC where he owned and operated Community Chevrolet for 31 years. In 1962, John moved his family to Jacksonville, where he and Kathryn lived in the same house on the golf course for the next 51 years.
John was a very generous and compassionate man, known for his sense of humor. He looked after those less fortunate and could always bring a smile to people's faces. For years, he visited and took candy to two nursing homes weekly, and his visits were greatly anticipated. He dearly loved life and in his lifetime he and Kathryn enjoyed golf, boats, airplanes, golf carts, antique cars, horses, and motor homes, as well as music, singing, and dancing. John and Kathryn loved to travel and one major event in John's life was when he and Kathryn went back to Europe on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, where he was able to revisit all the places he was during the war. John received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart while serving our country in World War II.
John and his wife were members of Trinity United Methodist Church where he was very active for over 50 years. He loved his church and the many friends, and much fellowship he experienced there. John was diligent in pursuing a relationship with God and he is now in a beautiful place like the beautiful man he was.
Memorials can be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, CoastalNCFCA.org or Wounded Warriors Project, woundedwarriorproject.org
Funeral services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 8, at 2:00 pm. Visitation will precede the service in the fellowship hall of the church at 12:30 pm.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at www.jonesfh.org
Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 6, 2014