June 11, 1930 ~ August 2, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Weaverville, NC

Weaverville – Ray Blair Hollar, Sr., 89, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019, at his home.

Born in Buncombe County, Mr. Hollar was a son of the late Herbert Ralph Hollar, Sr. and Cynthia Sophronia Blair Hollar. He served our country as an A.P. with the US Air Force during the Korean War era while stationed at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi MS. He was then chosen to serve at Rushmore Air Station, SD, assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission. He was a member of Woodfin Baptist Church and he retired from the research department of American Enka/BASF at the age of 55.

His family include his wife of 64 years, Johnnie Fox Hollar; daughters, Tenia Long (Tony) and Tammy Colwell (Tony); sons, Ray B. Hollar, Jr. (Kimberly), Alan Hollar (Holly) and John Hollar (Sandy); grandchildren, Blair, Brandon, Aaron, Christian, Mayra, Laramie, Stephanie, Jake, Justin, Eilish and Elijah and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Fallon, Beau, Adriana and Laila.

He was preceded in death by sisters Pauline Licovitch, Catherine Raymer, Juanita Hall, Frances Warren, and Fay Brock, and brothers, Lee, Henry, Paul, Ralph, Harry and Larry Hollar.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Crowe and J.D. Gipe officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Ashelawn Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Jason Woon (Missionary to Napal) care of Woodfin Baptist Church 55 Elkwood Ave, Asheville NC 28804.

Services

Funeral Service: August 10, 2019 11:00 am

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Visitation: August 10, 2019 10:00 am

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: August 10, 2019 12:00 am

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804

828-645-6915

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  1. Tammy and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories from the ballfields and Flat Creek. You all are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  2. Your family was like a second family for me. I have such wonderful memories spending time with your family. May God bring you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  3. Such a fine man who dearly loved his precious wife and family. Always had a smile on his face. It was an honor and privilege to have known him. Sending prayers and hugs to his wonderful family.

  4. My deepest sympathies go out to all the family. Ray was one of the greatest men I had the pleasure of knowing for many years and all the fond memories I have of him will never fade.

  5. Tammy, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I am also thankful for the hope you have in the Lord! I pray God will comfort and strengthen you and your family in the days ahead! Love & prayers, Teresa Hunter

  6. Tammy, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I am so thankful for the hope you have in the Lord! I pray God will comfort and strengthen you and your family in the days ahead! Love & prayers, Teresa Hunter

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