William Kenneth 'Ken' Holdaway
He was born May 8, 1922. He was a loyal Christian, who proudly served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before becoming an employee of the National Park Service, where he retired with many accolades after 38 years of service.
His love of animals was a thing of beauty and he was lovingly nicknamed "Doctor Doolittle" by some of his many grandchildren for "his" deer he hand-fed, along with the menagerie of wildlife which came to his door for food and affection.
He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 58 years, Edith Belle Holdaway, of the home; his mother, Ina Phillips Benge, and his stepfather William Benge.
He is survived by his children, Kennie Holdaway of Ararat, Va., Brenda (Barry) Dunlevy of Pinehurst, N.C., Shirley (Wally) Howard of West Jefferson, N.C., Lanny Holdaway of Southport, N.C., and Larry (Phyllis) Holdaway of West Jefferson, N.C. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Myra Nixon (Bill), Byron Buxton, Hope Buxton, Wendy Springs (Mike), Tabbie Watson (Andrew), Jason Holdaway (Heather), Hunter Buxton and Justin Holdaway; 11 great-grandchildren, Sean, Ryan, Jacob, Samantha, Sydney, Maggie, Holden, Alyssa, Lincoln, Cypress and Aiden; and one great-great-grandchild, Nathaniel.
There was a graveside service at Blue Ridge Baptist Church located at 407 Blue Ridge Church Road in West Jefferson, N.C., on Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his honor to his favorite charity, Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, which helps needy children, 710 Beech St., N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659 or Alzheimers NC Inc., 1305 Navaho Drive, Ste. 101, Raleigh, NC 27609.