George E. Holland, Sr



George Edison Holland, Sr., age 85 of Forest City died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. George was born August 6, 1931 in Richland, Georgia and was a son of the late Carl Plato and Julia Virginia Hester Holland. He was an active member of Florence Baptist Church where he was a deacon and had served on various church committees over the years. He was also a member of the Care/Virgil Webb Sunday School Class.

George was in the car business in Forest City for a number of years before selling everything in 1959 to move to Mexico Beach, FL to pursue his dream of becoming a charter boat captain. On arriving in Florida with his wife and three young children he bought a small motel and a service station. A short time later, while studying to take the charter boat license exam, he sold the motel and station and began construction on a new motel located on the boat canal at Mexico Beach. Over the next 15 years, while his wife ran the motel, George owned and operated four different and successively larger charter boats, from 36' to 65'. George is still very well known in the fishing circles from Apalachicola to Destin, Florida. There is a fishing reef (sunken barge) named after him off Panama City.

In 1976, George and Louise sold the motel and boat and moved back to North Carolina. For several years they lived in Gingercake Acres, a development near Linville. In 1978 he and Louise moved back to Forest City. George became interested in mountain real estate and began to buy properties. Among the first was land near
Cherry Mountain and Pinnacle Mountain. In the early 1980's he invested in Gateway Mountain, a large development in McDowell County. For over thirty years George worked tirelessly to make Gateway a premier mountain development. He retired only a few years ago.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Allen Holland in 2015, a son, Mark Allen Holland, brothers, Carl Plato Holland, Jr., Robert Lee Holland, and sister, Augusta May Phillips.

Survivors include a son, George Edison "Ed" Holland, Jr., and wife Elizabeth Bird "Betsy" Holland of Pensacola, FL, a daughter, Julia Holland "Julie" Nobles and husband, Rodney L. Nobles of Crestview, FL, daughter-in-law, Rosemari Toney Holland of Forest City, a sister, Geneva Holland Wright, six grandchildren, Jenny Louise Holland, Laura Holland Kemper and husband Craig, Lindsay Nobles Brunson and husband Chris, Caroline Holland Weimar and husband Bill, Elizabeth Holland Nobles Tucker and husband Luke, and Charity Holland Gaffney and husband AJ; great-grandchildren, Israel Marcus Je'Shaun Gill, Nicholas Ian McClure Gill, Wyatt Morgan Brunson, Madilynn Louise Brunson, and Malachi Kalief Dionte' Dato, Porter McBride Brunson, John Woodward Weimar, and Mary Margaret "Margot" Tucker. There are also a number of nieces and nephews

The funeral service will be held at three o'clock Saturday in the Florence Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in the Eternal Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the church Narthex from two until three o'clock prior to the service. The family is accepting flowers or memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Church, 201 South Broadway Street, Forest City, North Carolina 28043. The Padgett & King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at