God, in His divine wisdom, called the Rev. Joe L. Holley Sr. home on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. He was 81.
Holley had a sense of humor up until the day he died. He told some of those who visited him, “If I don’t see you no more on this side, I’ll see you when you get to heaven. Now if you get to heaven and don’t see me, you’re in the wrong place.”
Joe L. Holley Sr. was born on Sept. 1, 1938, to the late Willis James Holley Sr. and Dorothy Marie Harrell Holley in Corapeake, North Carolina.
Holley received his education in the Gates County Public School system in North Carolina. Holley worked at Stein Seal Company for more than 60 years. He was a jack of all trades; he could fix whatever you needed, and if he couldn’t, he knew someone who could.
Holley was ordained a minister in 1998 and served as interim pastor at his church, Metropolitan Baptist Church, for a short time. In 1999, he was called to Second Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully for 20 years. Holley often told his congregation that Second Nazareth was the “apple of [his] eye.”
Later in life, Holley met and married Marie Blake. From that union, six children were born.
In 1981, after his wife died, Holley married Rosa Lee Baker, who also preceded him in death.
Holley was preceded in death by two of his children, Ann and James Holley, and three of his brothers, Herbert R., Johnny E., and James M. Holley.
Holley leaves behind his two sons, Joe Jr. and Percy Holley; three daughters, Hazel Peele, Barbara Holley and Geraldine Bridges; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother; five sisters, three brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; nephews; nieces; cousins; and his church family and friends.
Services will be held on Sept. 10. Burial will be in Mt. Peace Cemetery.
Judd-Beville Funeral Home, Inc. handled all arrangements.