March 12, 1940 ~ January 20, 2023

Born in: Brevard, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Roy (Bud) Monroe Holden, 82, of 43 Goodman Rd., Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2023 at his residence.

Bud was born on March 12, 1940 to Roy Belvin and Mary Elizabeth Holden in Brevard, NC. He grew up splitting his childhood between Brevard and Fort Pierce, FL.

Bud joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 in January of 1958. He spent a dedicated career of 25 years serving his country, starting his career as a seaman and retiring in 1983 as a full Lieutenant EO4. During his military service he served all over the country and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was on many different ships which consisted of destroyers, tugs and tenders. The ship he was on at retirement was the U.S.S. Yosemite AD19. Anyone that knew Bud knew he loved his career choice and would talk to anyone and everyone about his service and love for the Navy.

Bud is survived by his wife, Mary “Helen” of 48 years; children, Rebecca Kilgore (Daniel) of Nixa, MO, Cheri Lindstrom (Jeff) of Fayetteville, NC, Terri Welter (Joe) of Macon, GA, Kim Harwood (Jeff) of Asheville, Royce Holden (Sarah) of Mills River, and Chene Flannigan of Asheville; 12 grandchildren, Brad Holden, Amanda Kilgore, Kaitlyn Harwood, Scott Welter, Sarah Welter, Alicia Reeves, Tyeler Harwood, Aubri Flannigan, Kian Holden, Cooper Holden, Bradyn Flannigan and Kayleigh Holden; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol McCathern of Pisgah Forest, Deidra Quinn of Etowah; and several nieces and nephews.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Roy Belvin and Mary Elizabeth Holden; sisters Barbara Costopoulos and Sue Maddox; and brother Jesse Holden.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2023 in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Rev. John Honeycutt officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Mountain Cemetery in Woodfin.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Groce Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 871 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28804.


Visitation: February 2, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Funeral Service: February 3, 2023 1:00 pm

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


Burial: February 3, 2023 2:00 pm

Elk Mountain Cemetery
Elk Mountain Rd.
Asheville, NC 28804

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  1. My sympathy to Helen and all the family. Roy was a fine person and he will be greatly missed. May God extend Grace upon each of you. With much love and friendship.
    Rev. Jack and Sarah Gassaway

  2. Helen and family,I always enjoyed talking to Bud,he was always upbeat and caring.He will be missed by many but take comfort in knowing we will see him again.Our prayers are with you.

  3. Lifting up Miss Helen and the Holden family in this time of grief. May you find peace in your faith and know that you are loved. Look to each other for comfort and speak of the memories you each hold dear. My deepest condolences for your loss.

  4. Helen and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of such sadness that has entered your lives. We pray that the days ahead will become more comforting to you all! Love Art and Janet Wicks

  5. Bud I love you with all my heart, and miss you. I know I’ll see again in heaven, so that is what is holding me together right now. GOD IS GOOD


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