This is not meant to be a sad occasion but rather a celebration of a life that lived each day with joy and vigor. Mr. H was more than just a jeweler. He was a father, teacher, mentor and grandfather. He loved his family and helping others. We will miss him but we have comfort that he is in a better place and that we will see him again.
Charlie C. Holland, 82, of 6237 Old Jenks Rd., Apex, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday October 8th, 2009. Born in 1927, Charlie lost his mother at age 8, then his father at age 11, beginning a difficult orphaned childhood. His compassion, concern, and support for orphans remained with him his entire life.
Following training at Spencer School of Watchmaking, he and his wife Ann founded Holland’s Jewelers in Apex on August 1st, 1960. Charlie had a passion for his Lord, serving the Apex Baptist Church as deacon and various committee chairs throughout his long membership there. He was devoted to the Apex business community serving as charter member of the Apex Rotary Club as well as Triangle Youth for Christ. He also served the community in the Apex Jaycees, the Apex Library Board, the Downtown Merchants’ Association, and the Apex Chamber of Commerce who honored him as “Citizen of the Year” in 2006. He was a member of the Apex Masonic Lodge and the Amran Shrine.
A service celebrating his life and home going will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday October 11th in the Apex Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Apex Cemetery. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Ann P. Holland, two sons: Charles Lee Holland & his wife Gloria of Apex, and Andy Holland & his wife Kim of Raleigh; five daughters: Charlene Smith & her husband Wilton of Burlington, Angela Dixon & her husband Dale of Fuquay-Varina, Paula Mills & her husband Paul of Trinity, NC, Ginny Sears & her husband Stacey of Apex, and Rebecca H. Young & her husband Sam of Cary. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Charlie was preceded in death by four brothers, and survived by one sister, Jewel Holmes of Benson.
His family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. in Apex. Those desiring to do so may make memorials to The Smile Train, or to Mabopane Orphanage, through Apex Baptist Church, 110 S. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502.