Rev. Richard Miller Hollinger
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1926 - 2013
Surrounded by his family, The Reverend Richard Miller Hollinger died on February 26, 2013. He was born in Columbia, SC on April 19, 1926, the son of Nathan Miller Hollinger and Marguritte Muller Hollinger. He graduated from The University of South Carolina and The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Newberry College. Richard served in the US Army in Germany during World War II. As a veteran, he lived a life of gratitude and service to God. After the war, while attending seminary, he met the love of his life, a Columbia College girl from Ridgeland, SC, DeLouris Miller. They married in 1951 and began their life of ministry together. Throughout his ministry, Richard was known for his powerful preaching and dedication to stewardship. He believed that the church was to be the hands and feet of Christ serving beyond the walls of the church.
Richard was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered and cherished by his family: his wife, DeLouris Miller Hollinger; his son, Dr. Wayne Miller Hollinger, MD and Valerie Bunch Hollinger; his daughter, Melinda Hollinger Matthews and T. Van Matthews; and his grandchildren, Erin Matthews Barton and Andrew Francis Barton, Nathan Tillman Hollinger, Emily Matthews Bugay and J. Lee Bugay, Sara Frances Rasmussen and Luke Edward Rasmussen.
In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, volunteering, and helping to care for his beloved community on the Isle of Palms, SC. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, an animal lover, a shepherd of God's people, and most of all, he lived a life of gratitude never taking anything for granted. Every glass of sweet tea was, "The best in the world!"
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael Lutheran Church, Greenville, SC on Sunday, March 3 at 3pm. Family will receive friends after the service.
Memorials may be made to ELCA World Hunger or ELCA Global Missions at PO Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694 or www.ELCA.org. Recognitions may be sent to DeLouris Hollinger at 15 Habersham Court, Simpsonville, SC 29681.
Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 1, 2013