William Joseph “Joe” Holding Jr., of Concord, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Avante at Concord. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, officiated by the Rev. Claire George-Drumheller. The family will receive friends following the service in Davis Hall. Joe was born July 13, 1933, in Concord, to the late William J. Holding Sr. and Margaret Hawkins Holding. He was also preceded in death by a son, W.J. “Tres” Holding III. He graduated from The Citadel in 1955 where he served with the Summerall Guards and was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He later returned to Concord, working with his father and two brothers at Holding Brothers, Inc. In his civic life, Joe was a member and past president of the Concord Jaycees and the Concord Rotary Club where he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He enjoyed skiing the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and children for many years. Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara Talbert Holding; sons, Lang Holding, of Charlotte and Patman Holding, of Concord; grandchildren, Jack, Ally, Harrison, Meredith and Sam Holding; and brothers, David Holding and wife, Gail, and Robert “Bob” Holding and wife, Gay. Memorials may be made to the Bible Teaching Fund through Concord Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1387, Concord, NC 28026. Online condolences may be sent to www. wilkinsonfuneralhome. com. Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling services for the Holding family.

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