October 20, 1922 ~ January 5, 2020

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Minnie Hollar, 97, of Asheville, NC, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 5, 2020 at the John Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Minnie was born October 20, 1922 to the late Frank W and Lessie Branson. She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Paul L Hollar, 3 brothers, Clarence, Robert, Frank and 2 sisters, Margaret Brown and Ruby Self.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Pat Gant and Helen Knoll (Andy Knoll); 4 grandchildren, Josh Gant (Christine), Duncan Gant (Jennifer), Michele Friesinger, and Jerry Knoll (Sarah); 5 great grandchildren, Ellic and Blake Gant, Maddox and Murphy Gant, Miles Friesinger; and one great grandchild expected June of 2020 to Jerry and Sarah Knoll. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Minnie lived an active christain life and was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church since 1948, where she taught youth Sunday school, Bible school, was on the Altar Guild and a member of the LWML.

Minne worked as an LPN at the VA Hospital until her children were born. She later went to work for M. W. Russell M.D. and then M. Wayne Woodard M.D. Minnie retired in 1981 and became an active crafter with Touch of Love Crafts and an active walker at the Biltmore Square Mall.

Minnie wants to recognize special friends Mary and Jim Guenther for their love and friendship. She would like to thank Dr. Thomas Renard and staff of Biltmore Medical, Dr. Pekal and staff of The Cancer Center, and friends and staff of Brookdale Overlook, where she resided the last 2 years, all for their support and care.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 11, at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The Rev. William “Hank” Hollar and the Rev. Dr. Michael McFarland will officiate.

A private family burial will take place at Green Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville NC 28806 or Messino Cancer Center, 551 Brevard Rd, Asheville NC 28806.


Visitation: January 11, 2020 10:00 am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
51 Wilburn Place
Asheville, NC 28806


Memorial Service: January 11, 2020 11:00 am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
51 Wilburn Place
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I loved Minnie. She was so full of the zest of life and kept me on my toes to keep up with her memory of friends we had in common. What a wonderful legacy she has left. A life well-lived. Sue Harris

  2. We were so privileged to have shared time with your sweet Mother…she was a very special person…our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tracy and Jimmy Smith

  3. I fondly remember my childhood summer vacations in Asheville with Aunt Minnie and my Carolina family. She was a remarkable woman who showed us all how to love and live life to the fullest. May God bless Helen, Pat and their families as they grieve her passing and yet celebrate a life well lived.

  4. In memory of Aunt Minnie. We always had such a good time being with you on our annual visits to Asheville. You were such a gracious host, fun lady, and family leader. You always had plenty of hugs and smiles for everyone. You will be missed but you certainly live on in everyone who has had the great fortune of knowing you.

  5. Pat, Helen and family,
    My thoughts and Prayers are
    with you. Ms. Minnie was an
    awesome lady and I’m proud to
    have known her. Heaven is sweeter tonight!!
    Much Love,
    Joan Smith

  6. Mike and I met Minnie almost 8 years ago. Over that short amount of time, we came to admire and respect her energy, strength, pragmatism, and love of family. We are so glad to have known such a precious soul. Surely, she will be remembered kindly by many people.

  7. I had the privilege of meeting Minnie during her last two years at Brookdale Overlook. She was such a vibrant and sweet soul. I loved hearing her stories about growing up here in Asheville. She loved playing bingo and took great joy in her frequent winning streaks. I would joke with her calling her “The Bingo Slayer”. I will miss her beautiful smile and kind heart. My thoughts are with her family, but I know she will live on forever in their greatest memories.

  8. I moved in next door to Minnie in 2011. From the first day I arrived she welcomed me with open arms, love and generosity. We shared a wonderful friendship. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. She was an incredibly strong woman. She had a zest for life, always moving forward and embracing it to the full rather than living in the past. I will miss her deeply. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren meant to world to her. I want to express my love to them at this time of loss. She loved you dearly.

  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I remember her as a sweet, friendly lady who always welcomed me when I visited my family in Asheville. Hold your memories close as they will help you deal with your grief. God bless you all.

  10. Dear Family,
    One of my favorite blessings, is meeting, and becoming friends with your Mother. She taught me a lot of things.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your loss is definitely Heaven’s gain. As I’ve told you, I so admire the way you loved Sweet Minnie.
    Love and prayers to you as you face the days ahead without her.

  11. We loved the picture of your mother as her smile was so radiant, welcoming and friendly during all of our years at Emmanuel, and subsequent visits over the years. What a lady of faith, love and service to her Lord, family and church! You have all been in our thoughts and prayers as you remember and celebrate Minnie’s life. God bless you and bring comfort and peace knowing she is with her Lord!

    Pastor and Lana Wagner


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