Francis O. Hollifield

MARION Francis O. Hollifield, of Marion, passed away at the age of 95, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain.

Francis was born in McDowell County June 13, 1923. He was a son to the late Weldon and Estella Hollifield. He served his Country honorably during World War II in the United States Army Air Force, and retired from Drexel Furniture Company as a supervisor. Francis was a member of Hicks Chapel Baptist Church where he served as treasurer, choir director, custodian, and as a member of the cemetery committee. Mr. Hollifield loved his grandchildren, and appreciated working in the garden and gathering up firewood. He was a member Gideon's International. In his earlier days, he had a passion for fox hunting. Francis was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Most of all Francis loved his family, his Country, working in the church and serving his LORD.

Francis was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eddie Mae Hollifield of 55 years; and a son, Harold Dean Hollifield who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. He leaves behind a son, Harry Hollifield and wife, Cindy of Marion; three brothers, Jearl Hollifield and wife, Arizona, deceased, of Marion, James Hollifield and wife, Roxann, of Marion, and Donald Hollifield and wife, Ellen, of Marion; a sister, Sarah Margaret Odom of Gastonia; two grandchildren, Heather Hollifield Hoyle and husband, Chris, of Greenville, S.C., and Kimberly Hollifield Smith and husband, Duran, of Newport, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Hadleigh, Savannah, and Christian Hoyle; and a number of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Hicks Chapel Baptist Church in Marion. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 2:30 p.m., at the church, with the Rev. Allen Laws and Rev. Chad Wise officiating.

Burial will follow the service at McDowell Memorial Park with Military Honors.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated but the family requests those wishing to make a memorial donation please consider Gideon's International at PO BOX 1788, Marion, NC 28752; or to Hicks Chapel Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 464, Marion, NC 28752.

Special thanks are extended to those who contributed to Francis care at the N.C. State Veterans Home, including staff, friends, family, and church members.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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