William “Roger” Holdford,beloved father, grandfather and friend passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Roger is survivedby his daughter, Ginger Gradeff and his sons, Timothy Holdford, Bryan DeYoung and Chris DeYoung and their spouses Paul Gradeff, Kim Holdford, Theary Im and Jennifer DeYoung. He is also survived by his loving girlfriend Carol Bentley. Roger was born in 1942 to Sybil and Paul Holdford of Hendersonville, NC. and is the beloved grandfather of nine children: Sydney, Carly, Fincher, Sawyer, Parker, Cutler, Sophie, Elizabeth and Everett. He attended grade school and high school in Hendersonville, NC and studied at the Gardner Webb School of Business. He had a successful career as a Purchasing Agent with multiple international companies before retiring with General Electric. Roger found his passion in sports, having played football, golf, and baseball for which he was recruited to the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Minor League. Roger’s legacy of strength, compassion for others, his zeal for adventure, and a positive outlook on life will be carried on by his family. The mark that he left on all those he knew will be felt for years to come. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service starting at 2:00 P.M. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (770-277-4550). In honor of Roger, the family would ask that gifts in memory of him be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA. 94915 (800.295.4050, www.guidedogs.com). Online condolences can be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com

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  1. I have had the pleasure of Roger’s precious friendship for over 20 years. His love for all of his children and grandchildren along with his sincere compassion for helping others was always such an inspiration to me. He loved to share a laugh and every time we met for lunch he made me laugh the entire time we were together with funny jokes and comments. I recall one day when we met for lunch, he ordered his favorite, french onion soup and a sandwich but the waitress told him they were not serving that sandwich that day because they were out of the meat. Then he ordered another sandwich. The waitress came back and said “I’m so sorry but we are out of that bread today”. He finally ordered another sandwich and when she brought it, he ordered a condiment for the sandwich and she said they were out of that one that day as well. He very sarcastically looked up at her and said, “You do know there’s a Publix right up the street, don’t you?” LOL! Just a couple of weeks ago, he called me telling me he was having phone problems saying “my son insisted that I get a smart phone and I’m not smart enough to use it!” LOL! I have SO many funny memories with Roger. He was a great man and an even greater friend to me and my husband. I will truly miss his sense of humor, his smile and his laughter but know that I will see him again one day in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with his dear family today and always.

  2. I knew Roger nearly all our lives. We grew up in Berkeley Mill Village playing both
    little league and Babe Ruth baseball. We also attended Balfour United Methodist
    We attended and graduated from Hendersonville High School where Roger was
    An all round athlete. We were good friends;he had started calling me his life long
    I am so sorry to learn of his passing. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this
    difficult time.

  3. We are so sorry to learn about the death of William Holdford. What a nice online tribute. I can tell from the tribute he was a joy to be around. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him. I hope the words I share will provide hope and comfort. The Bible holds out a grand promise from God at Revelation 21:3, 4 that he, will wipe away all the things that cause tears,, suffering, crying, or pain and there will be no more death, what a beautiful promise. Couple that, with the hope of John 5:28,29, which promises a resurrection of those who passed in death, what a wonderful time that will be, we pray not only will your family experience this joy but all families. Our sincerest condolences on your loss.

  4. My sincere condolences to the Holdford family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this very difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  5. We called him Uncle Roger. His Mother was my Grandmother’s sister. After Pauline passed Aunt Sybil took my Mother and Aunt Pat into her home. Since my Mother and Aunt Sybil have passed lost touch with my cousins. But Uncle Roger was always fun. And made us laugh. Called and talked to him several years ago just to catch up. Condolences to all who loved him.

  6. We are so sad to hear of Roger’s passing. We lived beside him for years on Glasgow Lane in Hendersonville where we treasured friendships with him and his family. We will be praying for God’s comfort and peace for the family.

  7. May you find comfort in knowing that Roger is safe in the memory of Jehovah God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again.

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