Charles S. Holley

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Charles S. Holley
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Charles Summerall Holley died peacefully on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama, with his adoring family by his side.
Born on January 17, 1949, Charles was endowed with an unquenchable devotion to family. We celebrate and rejoice in his reunion with his mother Rebecca Goldfinch Holley and his father, Ferrell Lafayette Holley, Sr., as well as three cherished grandsons who preceded him in death.
A 1967 graduate of Aiken High School, he received his degree from his beloved Wofford College in 1971 and married the love of his life, Kirby Hains Croft, that year. Soon after, he was blessed with two daughters, Dorothy "Dora" Hains Holley Hogg (Bryan) and Ann Summerall Holley Phillips (Caleb).
Through his life, Charles was rarely happier than when enjoying a little mischief or sharing a tall tale. He relished his childhood memories of the Goldfinch Cottage at Cherry Grove Beach, nickel pinball games at Sonny's Pavilion, crabbing in the marshes and tidal pools nearby, and later throwing himself into his role as "Chief," first for the Indian Princesses and then for his grandsons. He channeled every ounce of himself and his spirit into his wife, his friends, his daughters, his beloved grandchildren, his parents and siblings, his farm, his garden, and his songs. Nothing was halfway and he never focused on himself. His spirit flowed to others.
Music and laughter were the background of his life. From his days growing up, playing horns for the Intruders band while in high school, and learning to shag to his favorite beach music all around Ocean Drive and the Grand Strand, there was always a smile on his face, a rhythm in the air, and a dance on the tip of his toes.
That boundless spirit had never been confined within his own body. It had always dwelled out among the people - with his wife and daughters, his brother and sister, with all of his friends, and with every person he met. He lived, he loved, and he rejoiced in people. Their joy was his ecstasy. Their triumphs were his celebrations. Their tragedies were his sadness. Their smiles were his fulfillment.
It was Charles' ability to give himself back to us that was his great gift and his life's passion. We treasure the time we had with him and we rejoice in the knowledge that his limitless spirit and boundless energy survive. He, who loved family so completely, can now share himself, and his spirit, and be "Chief" to those most dear who preceded him.
Charles is survived by his wife and two daughters as well as his brother, Ferrell L. "Larry" Holley, Jr., his sister Sarah Holley Guida (Steve), and two grandsons, James Mercer Hogg and Charles Summerall Hogg. Charles was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection where he served on church council and as president of the congregation. He was also a member of the Augusta Country Club and a former member of the Martinez-Evans Rotary Club and Belle Meade Hunt in Thomson, Georgia.
The family will welcome friends and guests from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene Street, Augusta, GA, and with a memorial celebration on Monday, March 6, 2017, at noon with Rev. David B. Hunter, Sr., officiating. Remains will be privately interred at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any gifts or memorials be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2017
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