Category Archives: 1940s

Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr. ’42

Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr., passed away peacefully Thursday evening, March 16, 2017, of natural causes

He was born December 8, 1921, the son of the late Maria B. and Lawrence H. Miller Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine “Jo” P. Miller; sons Lawrence H. Miller III (Rankin), David B. Miller (Mary Ty), a daughter Pat M. Baker (David), and four grandchildren: Joanna Miller, Sarah Miller, Brunson Miller, and Tyson Miller.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, M. Jean Miller, and a grandson, Lawton T. Miller.

Mr. Miller was educated in Florence. After attending The Citadel he graduated from Davidson College in 1942.

He joined the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and was a veteran of World War II. He met and married his wife Jo in 1950. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Mr. Miller was the owner and proprietor of Miller’s Bootery from 1945 until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Miller was highly respected and warmly spoken of in the shoe industry. His keen eye for fashion, and an amazing facility for total recall was much admired by many, along with his wit and gentle manner.

He was kind and benevolent with all who knew and worked with him, and was appreciated for providing fashion conscious women of the Pee Dee area with quality footwear and apparel for many decades.

Among his greatest joys was following and attending the ballet performances of daughter Patricia Miller, along with a life-long love of classical music and opera.

Mr. Miller was active in sports, but was perhaps best known as one of the early aficionados of Half Rubber a modified version of pickup baseball played mostly on the beaches of the Carolinas.

His love of the beach went all the way back to the early 50’s, when he purchased a vacation home in Garden City Beach to enjoy with his family. It was here, through the decades, that Mr. Miller was happiest, when, as “Project Manager,” he doled out assorted tasks for all his children and friends, keeping everyone active and involved.

In his later years, Mr. Miller stayed in excellent health via his vigorous indulgence in gardening and yardwork, typified by day long sessions of clipping and watering, thus serving to provide a therapeutic outlet all the way to the ripe old age of 95.

A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Waters-Powell Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, with an open visitation time with the family immediately following.

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Thomas Levin Powell, Jr. ’47

Thomas Levin Powell, Jr., passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 in San Antonio.

He was born and raised in Houston where he was elected president of his senior class at Lamar High School. His family relocated to San Antonio before the end of Tom’s senior year where he graduated from Jefferson High School.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Debate Team and the Varsity Basketball Team.

He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a Radar Observer and Radar Observer Bombardier, and the United States Air Force Reserve, until his discharge as 1st Lieutenant in 1957.

He had a long career in the insurance business and was head of the San Antonio office of Marsh McLennan Companies.

He was a longtime member, Sunday school teacher and former Deacon of First Presbyterian Church.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Madelyn Plant Powell, his sister, Eleanor Powell of San Antonio, and his sister, Lillion Pace of San Antonio.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jane Cheever Powell, his daughter, Elizabeth Powell Kuper and her husband, Charles A. Kuper, Jr. of Aransas Pass, his son, Thomas L. Powell III of Aransas Pass and his granddaughter, Madelyn Dae Bricken of Boerne, and his niece, Kathy Pace Totten of San Antonio.

A private service and burial is planned for the immediate family at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tom’s memory may be made to SAMMinistries, 5254 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas 78216.

You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com

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Edward Nisbet Maxwell, Sr. ’41

Edward Maxwell, Sr., 96, of Louisville died Monday, February 13, 2017 at Jefferson Place.

He was a native of South Boston, Va., served as a medical officer in the US Public Health Service in World War II, was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church and a longtime choir member. He was the former chief of Radiology at Audubon Hospital and the old St. Joseph’s Infirmary, was a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and was a former member of the AMA and JCMS.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ethelyn LeGrand Jones Maxwell; parents, Columbus Wirt Maxwell and Evelyn Nisbet Maxwell; and sister, Betty Maxwell.

He is survived by his children, Edward N. Maxwell, Jr., MD (Nancy Lee) of Lexington, KY, Betsy Maxwell, Kenneth L. Maxwell, James H. Maxwell. MD (Susan) of Greensboro, NC, Nancy M. Hanna (Bill), and Margaret A. Maxwell of Richmond, KY; sister, Louise Worth; grandchildren, Jennie Hale (Jason), Christopher, Dr. Matthew (Sara), Ryan, Clay and Leigh Maxwell, Colin and Will Hanna; and great grandchildren, Georgia and Ari Hale, Wesley, Caroline and Maggie Maxwell.

His memorial service will be held at Noon on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Fourth Presbyterian Church 3016 Preston Hwy. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Fourth Presbyterian Church or MUSCL 1207 Hart Avenue Louisville, KY 40213.


Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 22, 2017

Herbert Meza ’49

Rev. Dr. Herbert Meza, 94, joined the Church Triumphant on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  After more than 50 years in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), he will be an excellent addition to that heavenly congregation.

Herb was born in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, on October 26, 1922, the son of a Spanish father and a Cuban mother. He became a Christian under the tutelage of the Ybor City Mission, headed by Dr. Walter Passigllia, a ministry of the St. Johns Presbyterian Church.

He joined the Marine Corp at 17 years of age, with the consent of his mother, served in the Pacific in WW ll, receiving two Purple Hearts. He made a commitment to seeking peace after hand to hand combat with a Japanese soldier and remained dedicated to that pursuit throughout his life.

After the war, he attended Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary under the GI bill. He served as a missionary to Portugal for five years, returned to the states, and served churches in Texas, Washington, DC, then to Jacksonville to the Fort Caroline Presbyterian Church in 1980.

While serving as a pastor in Houston, TX, in 1960, he invited and chaired a meeting of the Houston Ministerial Association for Sen. John F. Kennedy to allay fears about a Catholic president. It was consequential in Kennedy’s election.

In 1983, Herb won the Presbyterian Peace Seeker Award, which resulted in an audience with Pope John Paul ll to discuss the possibility of USA/USSR communications during the Cold War.

After retiring in 1991, he served as interim pastor in nine various churches until 1999. One of Herb’s enduring qualities was his love of travel and adventure. His wife, Franzle, often said that he was on an adventure or planning one! Herb and Fran traveled to about 70 countries and islands in their 34 years of marriage. Herb peacefully embarked on his great final adventure with eager anticipation.

Herb is preceded in death by his mother and father, Michael and Dulce; and his brother Ed.

He is survived by his wife, Fran; son, Scott Meza(Anny); grandchildren, Jenna and Zach; son, Mark Meza (Kathryn); grandsons, Daniel and Benjamin; son, Chris Meza; and daughter, Cecelia Meza; step-daughter, Karen Parker (Rusty); grandson, Jeff Parker; granddaughter, Jordan Flanagan (Ethan); great grandchildren, Lottie and Luke Flanagan; stepson, Kenneth Collier (Caroline); granddaughter, Amanda Moseley (Ryan); and grandson, Robb Collier.

The family would like to thank our primary doctor, Dr. Jose Garmendia, and Community Hospice for all their dedicated care.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Geneva Presbyterian, 1755 State Road 13, St. Johns, FL 32259 on Wednesday, February 15 at 11 AM.A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of one’s choice . Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223, www.hgmandarin.com, 904-288-0025.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 12, 2017

Merrill Lee Gattis ’46

Mr. Gattis, 92, died February 8, 2017, at home after a brief illness. He was a second generation Charlotte native, born November 3, 1924, the younger son of Minnie Smith Gattis and Louie S. Gattis

He was a graduate of Central High School and attended Davidson College. Merrill was an accomplished musician, and while a student at Central, he was invited to play violin with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Gattis was never happier than when he was in, on or near the water. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Artemis in the South Pacific during World War II.

He started one of Charlotte’s only Sea Scout troops while a member of Mouzon Methodist Church. A competitive sailor, Merrill belonged to the Lake Norman Yacht Club (Highlander class) and the South Carolina Yacht Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

He enjoyed skippering chartered boats in the Caribbean and river barges in England and France. Mr. Gattis was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church. He served on the board of the Metrolina Association for the Blind and was a dedicated literacy volunteer at the YMCA.

In 1950, Mr. Gattis began a distinguished career in retail furniture at the helm of Colony Furniture & Interiors. Under his leadership for six decades, Colony was known for fine home furnishings and decor throughout the Southeast.

At the store’s closing in 2015, loyal customers traveled from D.C., Florida, Virginia, and North and South Carolina to offer well wishes (and shed a few tears) for the loss of the iconic Charlotte retailer.

Mr. Gattis is survived by his wife, Gail H. Maynard Gattis; his daughter, Linda Gattis Shull (Graeme); and his son, Merrill Lee Gattis, Jr., all of Charlotte. In addition to his parents, Mr. Gattis was predeceased by his brother, Louie S. Gattis, Jr., and his wife, Franklyn Love Gattis.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Myers Park United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. Interment will be private.

The family thanks especially Dr. Reza Nazemzadeh, Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte, and Compassionate Care of Charlotte for their kindness and care of Mr. Gattis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte or Myers Park United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.

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William “Bill” Taylor Simpson, Jr. ’48

Simpson, William Taylor “Bill” Jr., died peacefully with his family at his bedside on February 6, 2017.

Bill was born in Newnan, Georgia in 1927, and grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He enrolled at Davidson College at age 15, and was on the basketball, baseball, tennis, and track teams. Bill left college to serve in the Navy during  World War II and returned to graduate in 1948.

After graduation Bill moved to Louisville to teach at Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) for a two-year contract, and never left. He married Diane Dixon Richmond, the daughter of the president of KMI, Col. Charles Blair Richmond, in 1952. He coached the KMI basketball team for 25 years in the highly competitive central Florida Gulf coast area.

Bill completed his master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Louisville in 1954, and received a Ph.D. in administration and management of behavioral sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1964. Bill became president of KMI in 1966, and held that position until the school closed ten years later.

He began a second career in 1976 as a trust officer at Citizens Fidelity Bank, where he was senior vice president and head of the Trust and Investments Department from 1979 until his retirement in 1992.

After retirement Bill served as a private banking consultant to PNC, and was on the Board of Directors of the Rembrandt Fund, a Chicago mutual fund company, for ten years.

Bill served on the boards of directors of the Louisville Community Foundation (Executive Committee and Chair of Grants Committee), American Red Cross Louisville Chapter (Chairman of Board of Directors), Bingham Child Guidance Center (President of Board of Directors), Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, the Kentucky Home Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (President), the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (Chair Kentucky Accreditation Committee), the Kentucky Country Day School, and St. Francis School.

He was a member of the Louisville Country Club, the downtown Rotary Club of Louisville, and the downtown YMCA. Bill served on the Vestry at St. Francis Church, where he was Senior Warden, and later joined St. Matthews Episcopal Church.

Bill was predeceased by his sister Rebecca, his brother David, and his wife Diane.

He is survived by his three sons, Kennedy (Sara), Richmond (Susan), and Taylor (Melinda); his eight grandchildren Tierney Jutzi (Joe), Storey O’Barr (David), Blair Bell (Dustin), Will Simpson, Palmer Simpson, Maclin Simpson, Ryan Simpson and Darcy Simpson; and his two great-grandchildren Emery and Grayson O’Barr.

Bill was an avid golfer and bridge player, and a diehard fan of the Cincinnati Reds and UK basketball. His joy in life was his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He left an indelible imprint on his professions, his community, and his family, and he will be sorely missed as he joins his beloved Diane in the kingdom of heaven.

Visitation will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. Friday, February 10, with a memorial service at 11:30 a.m.

Donations may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, the Louisville Area Red Cross, or the YMCA of Greater Louisville.

 

Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2017

Timothy Harden, Jr. ’49

Dr. Timothy Harden, Jr., 92, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

As a loving father, an outstanding citizen, patriot, and prominent physician, he exemplified the “greatest generation.”

Born in Macon, GA, he was the son of Dr. Timothy Harden Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Stubbs Harden. Dr. Harden was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Lanier High School for Boys with letters in football, basketball, and track. He attended Georgia Tech in the fall of 1942 prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII.

As a member of the 406th Infantry Regiment of the 102nd Division, he fought in the European Theatre, including driving on the Red Ball Express and meeting the Russians at the Elbe River. He finished his service as a Sargeant First Class, receiving a Good Conduct Medal.

Upon returning from the war, Dr. Harden attended and graduated from Davidson College (Class of 49), where he was on the track team and President of the Sigma Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. He then earned his M.D. from Emory University (Class of 53) and established his Internal Medicine practice in Decatur, GA, which spanned 40 years.

At various times during his career, he served as President of the DeKalb Medical Society, Vice Chief of Medical Staff at DeKalb General Hospital, President of the Medical Staff at Wesley Woods Health Center, Medical Director of Emory Convalescent Home, and Vice President of the Medical Unit at the DeKalb Heart Association.

Dr. Harden also served on the board of trustees at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, as Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 55, and for many years as an elder at Emory Presbyterian Church. Most importantly, he will be remembered for being a very kind, considerate, and caring gentleman who always put others first.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Rosalyn Harden and Dorothea Elizabeth Harden Keen; a grandson, Joseph Benjamin Harden; a great-granddaughter, Austin Evans; and a great-grandson, Cash Evans.

Survivors include his loving wife, Catherine Bracken Moore Harden; four children, Dr. Roslyn Harden Scott (Randy), Laura Elizabeth Harden, Timothy Harden III (Lori), and C. Reid Harden; three step children, Cathy Murphy (Philip), Velinda Evans (David), and Alva C. Moore; nine grandchildren, Kelsey Scott Donald, Rachel Harden, Jessica Scott Westbrooks, Taylor Harden, Commander Ryan Murphy, Ashley Murphy, Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce, David Evans III, and Jason Evans; and ten great-grandchildren.

A family visitation will be held Friday, January 20, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lord & Stephens on Lexington Rd. in Athens.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Lord & Stephens on Lexington Rd. in Athens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to – Emory University School of Medicine (404-727-8875)

Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements.

www.lordandstephens.com

 

 
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 19, 2017

 

Edwin Garrett Hardin ’49

Edwin G. Hardin, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, NC.

Edwin was born in Shelby, NC to the late Charles and Annie Louise Dillon Hardin. He was preceded in death by his wife Ethelwyn Rice Hardin.

Ed attended Davidson College for his undergraduate degree, then Clemson University for graduate school. After graduation Ed enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War on the USS Oriskany.

It was during this time he met and married Ethelwyn. He returned to Clemson to teach, he has been an avid Tigers fan and is known as one of the founding members of the “Esso Club”. He has been a native to Polk County since moving here in  1992.

Edwin is survived by his daughter; Valerie E. Hardin of Richmond, VA,  his son; Garrett M. Hardin of N. Chesterfield, VA, his nieces Anne Arbogast of Toccoa, GA and Laura Morris Yarborough  and nephews Tom and Peter Yarborough all of Charlotte, NC

Memorials may be made to the IPTAY, P.O. Box 1529, Clemson, SC 29633. Services will be held at a later date..

An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com

 

McFarland Funeral Chapel

Tryon, NC

James Edward Herndon ’49

james-herndonJames Edward Herndon died peacefully on December 19, 2016 at the Atlanta Hospice Center in Brookhaven with his family by his side. He was 88 years of age.

He was born to the late James Edward Herndon and Virginia Mauney Herndon on September 23, 1928 in Charlotte, NC.

Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia Johnson Herndon and his two younger brothers, William Mauney Herndon and Robert Eugene Herndon.

Jim graduated from Davidson College in 1949 with a B.S in Economics and Business. He lettered in Basketball in 1946.

A year later he earned his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. He was commissioned into the United States Air Force on March 22, 1951 and served as 1st Lieutenant for 4 years. He was inducted into the Mach Busters Club and was appropriately nicknamed “Judge” by his comrades. “Judge” was one of the first fighter pilots to break the sound barrier flying the F-86D fighter interceptor. Their motto was “faster than sound upside down,” which those who knew him well heard often.

He married Patricia Rae Johnson on March 6, 1954 of Taylor, Texas. In March of 1955 he resigned from the USAF and moved to his hometown of Kings Mountain, NC to join his father and brother Will, to help manage the family textile business, JE Herndon Co.

Jim was a faithful servant of God and was very active in St. Matthews Lutheran Church. He was one of the youngest to be awarded Eagle Scout from Troop #91 of St. Matthews.

He generously gave to numerous charities, churches and served as the Chairman of the Cleveland County School Board for 6 years.

Jim will be remembered for his integrity, modesty, hospitality, keen sense of humor, unfailing love and devotion to his family, friends and employees. His generosity knew no boundaries.

He enjoyed people from all walks of life and undoubtedly made an impact on their lives. If he ever told you to “keep your nose low in the turns” when you were leaving you knew he treasured you dearly.

He his survived by his four devoted children, James Edward Herndon III and wife Jane Klinger Herndon of Kings Mountain, NC. Patricia Herndon Whiteside and husband James Monroe Whiteside of Charlotte, NC. Elizabeth Scott Herndon of Atlanta, GA . Charlotte Herndon Cahoon and husband Daniel Thomas Cahoon of Atlanta, GA. He had five beloved grandchildren, Charlotte Coleman Penninger and husband Ryan McCoy Penninger of Washington, DC. Julia Langhorne Coleman of Charlotte, NC. Kathryn Pierce Herndon and James Edward Herndon (“Jay”) of Kings Mountain, NC. Kathryn Ravenscroft Cahoon of Atlanta, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Road Lutheran Church, 3686 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 on January 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Capital City Club, 53 W. Brookhaven Drive, NE, Atlanta 30319.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a contribution to the Atlanta Hospice Center, 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, GA, or a charity of your choice .

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 25, 2016

Zeb North Holler, Jr. ’49

49-zeb-hollerAt the memorial service, everyone will sing Z’s favorite hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” Charlene has added this footnote to that particular hymn, “Sing it like you mean it.”

The Rev. Zeb North Holler Jr., a longtime giant in Greensboro’s social justice movement, died Thursday night surrounded by family and friends at Whitestone, a local continuing care retirement community. He was 88. Everyone knew him as “Z.” His eight grandkids and his four children knew him as “Papa Z.” He will be missed.

He was a husband, a father, a clarinet player, a grad of Greensboro Senior High and a Davidson College alum. He taught high school English, coached high school football, flew planes for the Navy and fell in love with a spirited teenage girl from Florida.

He grew up in Greensboro’s Westerwood neighborhood, attended Presbyterian Church of the Covenant every Sunday and listened to every word the minister said so much so that at age 10 the minister told him, “Z, you need to be a preacher.”And a preacher he became.

His mother, who taught piano in Greensboro, gave him the book, “A Man Called Peter,” a story about a poor Scottish immigrant who worked odd jobs to put himself through seminary and rose to become the chaplain of the U.S. Senate.That struck a chord with Z.

After his four years in the Navy, he enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., and heard one of his professors exclaim, “The problem with Holler is that he’s too much of a revolutionary like Jesus!” Z wanted to be. He went on to get his doctorate at University of Aberdeen in Scotland and titled his dissertation, “Jesus And The Suffering Servant.”

After that, he went on to fight the injustices of the world with fierce honesty and undeniable love. Z was rail thin, with a soft Southern drawl, and he never shied away from writing a whip-smart sermon or calling out the broader community to help the least, the last and the left out.

The Parables of Jesus became the blueprint of his life, and he saw these New Testament stories as important lessons that help make the community he served a better place to live. He believed that.

So did his wife, Charlene, whom he met at a church party during flight training school in Pensacola, Fla. She was 16; Z was 22.They got married two years later, started a family and became a couple who pushed for racial equality and social justice at every stop along his ministerial path.

In 1960 in Anderson, S.C., he hosted civil rights activists known as the Freedom Riders. While they were there, he got a call from the Ku Klux Klan. They told him to stop. Z said no.

In 1968 in Atlanta, following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., he and his church, Central Presbyterian Church, fed more than 5,000 people and housed in the church’s gym more than 100 who came to the city to mourn. He later became a campus minister at N.C. State during the Vietnam War and a pastor at a Presbyterian church in Clemson, S.C.

Then, in 1979, he came back to be the pastor at his home church, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.Two months later, a confrontation erupted a few miles away from his church and changed his life forever. Nazis and KKK members confronted anti-Klan demonstrators at Morningside Homes, a federal housing community.Five demonstrators were killed; 10 were wounded. Z was stunned.

He got calls from his congregation. One was from the funeral director for the demonstrators’ memorial service. The director was nervous. So, Z rode with him in the lead hearse to give him moral support because the funeral home agreed to take the bodies.

Z and the funeral director wore bulletproof vests because police lined the funeral route because of the fear of violence.That was the beginning of how Z worked with his hometown to make it a better place after Nov. 3, 1979.

He also began to question more deeply the injustices he saw in his hometown. So, he worked to improve the relationship between the community and police, pushed to improve public education, and joined workers picketing for higher wages and better treatment. And it wasn’t uncommon for one of Z’s children to call their mom and hear her say, “Your father has been arrested again.” That was Z.

After he retired in 1993, he and the Rev. Nelson Johnson, a surviving demonstrator from Nov. 3, 1979, and Barbara Dua, created the Beloved Community Center, a non-profit that followed Dr. King’s message of racial and economic justice.

In 2001, Z co-chaired the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project, an effort that started a comprehensive dialogue with all the parties involved in Nov. 3 to help the city heal. From that sprang the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first large-scale effort of its kind in the country.

Then, in 2010, Z self-published a book of his sermons. He titled it, “Jesus’ Radical Message: Subversive Sermons for Today’s Seekers.” He wrote that he hoped his book “has the potential of helping open the eyes and minds even the hearts of future generations to new possibilities of honest and respectful resolution of differences, or even to repentance, forgiveness all around, and reconciliation within our community.”

Z is survived by Charlene Holler, his wife of 63 years; and his daughter, Angie Holler of Hopewell, NJ; Ginger Holler and his son-in-law, Don Basnight, of Chapel Hill; his son Roy Holler and his daughter-in-law, Meg Holler, of Roxboro; and his daughter Elizabeth Holler Hunter of Asheville. Z is also survived by eight grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Cox, of Greensboro, and her husband, Lem Cox.A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday for family members at New Garden Cemetery.

The memorial service for the community will follow at 2 p.m. Sunday at Z’s longtime church, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Beloved Community Center, 417 Arlington St., Greensboro, NC 27406; Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 South Mendenhall St., Greensboro, NC, 27403; and New Creation Community Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. She knew Z would like that.

Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Funeral Home is serving the family.