Richard Holden

  • Born: November 11, 1942
  • Died: October 15, 2020
  • Location: Gastonia, North Carolina

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Gastonia, NC 28054

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Richard Holden
1942 - 2020

Gastonia – Richard Jackson Holden, 77, passed away on October 15, 2020 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

A Private Memorial Service will be held outside at the Columbarium 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29th at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, 216 North Main Street, Belmont, NC. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a card or phone call to the family will be appreciated.

He was born in Catawba County on November 11, 1942 to the late Fred and Zora Lodermilk Holden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Rayford Holden.

Richard was a veteran of the US Navy serving in Japan. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, Belmont. Richard was a graduate of Charles W. Howard School for Santa's in Midland, Michigan. Richard was a recipient of the Long Leaf Pine Santa, which he cherished receiving this honor and serving our community for many dedicated years. He worked at Sears in the Jewelry Department and worked for Service Merchandise in the Jewelry Department for many years. Later he was employed by Zales for 15 years, at one time managing the Gastonia store, and was one of their top sales performers for the Southeast.

Left to cherish his memories is his loving wife, Kay Pierce Holden; children, Jennifer "Jenni" Lee and husband Jeff; Gordon William Robinson, Jr.; grandchildren, Jana Conover (Matt); Pierce Lee and Bennett Lee, Garrett Robinson and Austin Robinson (Kate); great-grandchildren, John and Sam Conover, Rylie and Rory Harvley, Rex Harvley and Sirius Lee; nieces, Lisa Jay and Ashley L. Campbell; his aunt and uncle, Johnny and Lou Perry.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

To the family I am so sorry for your loss my Thoughts and Prayers will be with the family.

Posted by Cherry Adams    October 26, 2020

Kay, so sorry about Richard. He will be missed and remembered by many and especially all the kids he was Santa Claus to. We will miss him at the Adult Recreation Center Ceramic classes. A friend Ann Helms

Posted by Ann Helms - gastonia, NC - Friend   October 24, 2020

Kay and family,

I am so sorry for your loss! Richard became a good friend in the 70's when we worked at Sears. I was proud to have him in my wedding as well. I will miss him and will celebrate his life!

Gordon Bostic

Posted by Gordon Bostic - Charlotte, NC - Friend   October 24, 2020