Rev. Milton A. Hollifield Sr. SWANNANOA/MARION Rev. Milton A. Hollifield Sr., 88, of Swannanoa and formerly of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 14, 2014 at his residence. Born in Mitchell County, April 19, 1926, he was the son of the late George and Annie Baucombe Hollifield. For over 60 years, Rev. Hollifield was a caring and dedicated Free Will Baptist Minister having served in McDowell, Haywood and Buncombe Counties and in Wayne, Mich., and was active in the work of several committees and boards of the National Association of the Free Will Baptist. Pastor Hollifield organized and was a promotional representative for the Free Will Baptist Blue Ridge Association in Western North Carolina. He was a member and care pastor of Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church in Marion. He fulfilled his passion for evangelism through his involvement in conducting revivals in numerous states and other countries. Rev. Hollifield was passionate about visiting hospitals, nursing homes and the homebound. He was a charter member of the board of Directors of the Swannanoa Valley Medical Center. An autobiography was published about his life entitled "Why Me Lord." He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, pappaw, brother, and friend to many. Mr. Hollifield is preceded in death by, in addition to his parents, one son, George Frederick "Freddy" Hollifield; one brother, Ervin Hollifield; and a son-in-law, Bill Metcalf. Rev. Hollifield is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth Williams Hollifield of Swannanoa; two daughters, Joyce Metcalf of Swannanoa and Keva Lovik and husband, Lloyd Sr., of Marion; one son, Rev. Milton A. Hollifield Jr. and wife, Gloria of Cary; one brother, Jack Hollifield and wife, Nell of Morganton; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. A funeral service will be held Friday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at Swannanoa First Baptist Church, 503 Park Street, Swannanoa, NC 28778, with the Revs. Milton Hollifield Jr., Steve Lytle and Alan Sailors officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Family Life Center at the church. The family will have a private burial. For those that are unable to attend the services, his body will lie in state at Westmoreland Funeral Home, Marion, Thursday, July 17, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those wishing to make memorial donations in Rev. Hollifield's memory are asked to consider, Welch College, 3606 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available under "Obituaries" at www. westmorelandfuneral home.com.
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