November 11, 1923 ~ July 29, 2008

Born in: McDowell Co., NC,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Judia Virginia Upton Holbrook, 84, of Candler, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Memorial Campus Mission Hospitals. A native of McDowell Co., Mrs. Holbrook was a daughter of the late Robert A. and Mary Corrina Duvall Upton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Franklin Holbrook, who died in 1999; and by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Holbrook, who died in 1974. Mrs. Holbrook had retired from American Enka. She was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Mrs. Holbrook is survived by her daughter, Linda Rickman and husband David, of Arden; sister, Hettie Holbrook, of Candler; two grandchildren, David and Jacob Rickman; nephew, David Michael Holbrook and wife Lynn; and also her pet and close companion, Cloud. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Wes Austin officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 277 Oak Hill Rd., Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Nannie and the rest of the family on the loss of your Mother. Tom was always a wonderful Aunt to me, and she will be missed. She is now in Heaven, and what a great reunion she, Mary, Jim, John, Bob, Kelly and all of our other loved ones are having. Love to you and the family.

  2. Linda, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing, but delighted to know she is with her precious Mary again, what a reunion that must be. I always think of the special times I spent at their house in my early teens and the memories are still special. My prayers are with you and your sons as you go through this difficult time. I think of you often in my career as a rad tech. (I followed you foot steps). Live in your memories. Much love, ‘Flipper’

  3. Linda, David, David and Jacob,
    Vince, Jacob and I were so sorry to hear about your Mom. We are with you in prayers and thoughts now and always. We’re sure that your Mom is a beautiful angel now. Love and hugs to each of you. Lisa Wiegman

  4. Dear Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of the passing of Tom. Tony remembers her sweetness in looking after he and Mary when they were children. He has fond memories of playing on Holbrook Road. Tom will be missed.

  5. Linda and Hettie,
    Please accept my deepest symphathy for your loss. Judy will be greatly missed by all. Judy and Hettie were always a blessing at Oak Hill Church.
    God bless you.

    Bill Looney


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