Harold Holbert, Cdr. USN, Ret.
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Fletcher - William Harold Holbert, Cdr. USN, Ret., DAV, VFW, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014.
Harold served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1985 and held four commands: USS Accokeek, USS Safeguard, BEST Unit and the Beachmasters Unit 2. He also served in Vietnam and earned several medals and commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
He was a member of the American Legion, Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge, Hendersonville Shrine Club, Blue Ridge Shrine Club and the Oasis Temple. Having recently earned his 50 year pin, Noble Harold became a Master Mason and Shriner in 1963; in 1995 he ascended to Worshipful Master. His love for the brotherhood is evidenced by tireless hours he spent selling papers and driving cars for the auction. In 2006 he was the top fundraiser for his club; in addition, he and his cherry red convertible Camero were part of the Oasis Shriners Ragtops Unit.
He held a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and he was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Walhalla, SC. Along with serving God, his country and his brotherhood, he was a generous and caring father.
He is survived by his son, William Harold Holbert, II, MS, MPH (MD projected June 2017) of Virginia Beach, VA; his daughter, Dr. Laura Ann Bixler and her husband, David Bixler, P.E., S.E. of Scottsdale, Arizona.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian including Masonic rites conducted by the Mt. Hermon Lodge. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park with military honors.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
The memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2014