James Randolph Holden

August 15, 1935 ~ July 20, 2021 (age 85)


Mr. James Randolph Holden, 85, of 5014 Highway 264 Alt East, Wilson, NC passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at Wilson Medical Center in Wilson, NC.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Wilson, NC.

The public walk-through is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021, at Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Wilson, NC.

James was preceded in death by: his parents, Irene Getty Holden and Henry Holden; one daughter, Annie Doris “Dot” Holden; one son, Alfred Holden; three sisters, Iester Foreman, Fannie Worthy, and Catherine Stith; and one brother, Robert Lee Holden.

Left to cherish precious memories of James are: his beloved wife, Edna Batts Holden; two daughters, Fannie Maye Holden of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Barbara Jean Thompson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; five sons, John Douglas Holden (Diana) and Elton Ray Holden (Monisha) both of Augusta, Georgia, Samuel Holden and James Ray Thomas both of Wilson, North Carolina, and Danny Thomas (Darline) of Lucama, North Carolina; four children he reared as his own, Darlene B. Wright (Bruce) and Renee Batts both of Wilson, North Carolina, Roscoe Washington (Rose) of Rose Hill, North Carolina, and Wayne Washington (Joyce) of Wilson, North Carolina;   forty grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sadie Mercer and Sarah Arrington both of Wilson, North Carolina; two brothers, Layton Holden and Henry Holden (Ann) both of Wilson, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and  other loving relatives and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home,1820 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Wilson, NC.

Condolences may be posted to or faxed to 252-991-5849.

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