TRYON-R. Holland Brady, Jr. died June 20, 2013 in Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum, SC one day short of his eighty eighth birthday.
He was born June 21, 1925, the son of the late R. Holland Brady, Sr. and Julia Carroll Brady in Tryon at the old St. Luke's Hospital over the present site of Owen's Pharmacy. He was a graduate of Tryon High School.
Following his freshman year at Clemson University, Holland served in World War II as a medic earning the Combat Medical Badge, three Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Victory Medal and the Purple Heart. He was a Sergeant with the 95th Infantry Division and saw action in France, Germany, and Belgium.
After the war, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Architecture. He did internships in Chicago and Asheville before moving back to Tryon in 1951 where he worked under Tryon architect Shannon Meriwether, later becoming a partner and eventually taking over the firm. Dean Trakas later joined the firm as partner. Holland continued working for over 60 years having designed hundreds of distinctive homes, commercial buildings and churches in the Carolinas, receiving numerous design honors. He taught courses at Clemson University and Converse College.
Holland was active in many organizations including the Tryon Little Theatre, Kiwanis Club, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Lanier Library, Tryon Chamber of Commerce, Polk County Community Foundation and the Spartanburg Council of Architects. He was a long time member of the Congregational Church of Christ, Tryon where he sang in the choir for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Flynn Brady and two children, Marc Brady of Tryon and Alison Brady Stahelin (Andy) of Memphis, TN and a brother, Carroll Brady (June) of Tryon, NC; three grandchildren, Carolyn Livingston (Michael), Sara Brennan, and Patrick Brennan; one great grandson Mickel Livingston and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be a memorial service honoring his life at 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in the Congregational Church of Christ, Tryon, NC, with Rev. Bob Barrows officiating.
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Tryon Downtown Development Association, P.O. Box 182, Tryon, NC, 28782 or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722.
An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.
Published in The Times-News on June 22, 2013