Rev. Harold Wayne Holste of Rocky River Road, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at his home.
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A graveside service will be held at 11am on Friday March 1, 2019 at Calvary United Church of Christ in Thomasville. The memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Trinity United Church of Christ officiated by Revs J. Nathan King and Colleen Sampson in Concord where the family will greet visitors following the service.
Harold was born February 14, 1931 in Rock City, IL to the late Harry William Holste and Nellie Shippy Holste. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gaylen Holste. Harold was raised on a dairy farm in Rock City, currently known as "Holstes Holsteins". After graduation from High School, he was drafted in the U.S. Army for 2 years, where he ultimately received an honorable discharge. After military service and working on the farm, he headed south to attend Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. After graduation, he married Eugenia McCachren of Harrisburg, NC on June 6, 1964 and they moved to St. Louis, MO where Harold earned his Master's of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary. Harold went on to pastor in Mt. Pleasant, NC at Bethel-Bear Creek United Church of Christ (UCC), in Burlington, NC at Long’s Chapel UCC, and in Thomasville, NC at Calvary UCC.
Harold is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eugenia Holste; daughter, Alane Holste and companion Robin of Linwood, NC; sons, Gregory Alan Holste and wife Renee of Knoxville, TN, Brent Holste and wife Nicole of Monroe, NC, Ronald Eugene Holste and wife Gina of Boone, NC, and Randy Holste and wife Laura of Fuquay-Varina, NC; nine grandchildren; brother, Melvin “Bud” Holste and wife Carolyn of Rock City, IL and a number of nieces and nephews.
*Member of Editorial Board for “Churches Related: Forty Years of Churches and Related Ministries 1965-2005 UCC Western North Carolina Association”
*Annuitant Visitor - United Church of Christ Pension Board
*Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society Officer/Member
*Recipient of 2015 Catawba College’s “Church/College Award”
*A Founding Member - Meals on Wheels, Thomasville, NC
Memorials may be made to Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144.
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Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the Holste family.