OLD FORT

Mr. John William Holda, 70, of Old Fort, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the McDowell Hospital.

John was born in Aberdeen, Md., Aug. 29, 1947, to the late William J. "Bill" Holda and Florence Dinnean "Flo" Holda, both of whom were veterans of the armed forces and are interred in Arlington National Cemetery. John also served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army. He served for more than 25 years as the Director of Cardio-Pulmonary Services at the McDowell Hospital, from which he eventually retired. A faithful and active member of First United Methodist Church in Marion, John served the Lord there in many ways. His concern for the welfare of others made his calling to the Emergency Assistance Program of the church especially important to him. He was also very involved with the Emmaus-Forum Sunday School Class as well as the Men's Bible Study and the United Methodist Men. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew this gentle soul.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 27 years, Patti Smith Holda of the home; three sons, Christopher S. "Chris" Holda and wife, Trish of Mount Dora, Fla., Benjamin Jeffrey "B.J." Holda of Marion, and Matthew Aaron Holda of Old Fort; his brother, Doug Holda and wife, Kim of North Port, Fla.; and three grandsons, Anthony and Timothy Gonzalez and Vincent Pecorino, all of Florida.

A service of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Warren Owens and Mike Holder officiating.

The family will receive friends in the Ladies Parlor of the church from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service. A committal service and inurnment with military honors will take place at a later date at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

Memorials may be made to the Emergency Assistance Program of his church, 176 Robert St., Marion, NC 28752.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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