Walter "Holden" Viers

August 20, 1995April 11, 2018
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Holden Viers, age 22, passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Born at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on August 20, 1995, Holden was first and foremost an artist, who dedicated his life to creating beauty from tragedy through his art and thrived throughout his time at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Gifted with the ability to create thru synesthesia, Holden made the ordinary extraordinary in every aspect of his life. While art was a large part of his identity, he loved his family above all. Holden was a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle and friend who leaves in his wake so many who were touched by his genuine care for others. Adored by absolutely everyone he met, Holden was an independent and caring individual, whose quick wit and dry humor will be missed everyday. Sadly, the world is a little less beautiful without Holden, and Phish, CBDB, and the Grateful Dead have one less devoted fan. His work may be viewed at: @HOLDENVIERSART,, and in many Atlanta homes where his commissions hang. He attended the St. James Pre-School, Christ the King Elementary School, the Marist School, and Auburn University, before finally landing at his second home, SCAD. Though his time was cut short, Holden left a mark on this world that will never be forgotten.

A memorial service celebrating Holden’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, April 16th at H. M. Patterson & Son, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at SCAD, 1600 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, to assist students studying printmaking. Please visit or send to the “Finance Office” Attn: Holden Viers Memorial Scholarship Fund.


  • Memorial Service Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Reception Monday, April 16, 2018

Walter "Holden" Viers

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Shelley Gowdy

April 16, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of your son, I cannot even imagine how you all must feel, I am thinking and praying for you all. So sorry I could not attend the service today, but you all are in my thoughts. If you need anything, please let me know. Love, Shelley Gowdy

Danielle Langston

April 15, 2018

After teaching Holden in English class for the first term, I knew he was special. He and I shared many stories, riddles, and laughs over the years, and I will always remember his depth, wisdom beyond his years, and infectious smile. I pray his family and friends may find peace in knowing how loved Holden was, and that he is now free from all earthly strife.
“May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” W.S. - Hamlet

Shaun Lux

April 13, 2018

I had the pleasure to Coach Holden while he was at the Marist School. Holden was one of the nicest, most caring and fun kids I have ever had the pleasure of Coaching. Not only was he a great person but he was the type of player to lift the spirits of everyone around him. Whether he was goofing off or cracking jokes Holden was always able to make me laugh. He is one of the players that I developed a close relationship with and will always cherish the memories I have of him. Ron Grove in a previous post mentioned the game tying goal against Pius which no Marist player, parent or fan will forget. My favorite memory of that game is celebrating with the team after the game. I had brought my newborn son SJ to the game in hopes of giving us good luck against Pius.

Holden insisted he join us in the locker room to celebrate after the game. Thank you Holden, this memory will stick with me and my son forever.

Love the Lux Family.

Ron Grove

April 12, 2018

Marist had never beaten St. Pius in lacrosse until Holden scored to tie the game in the 4th quarter, which Marist eventually won. After he tied the game, he ran around the field with his arms extended like he was an airplane. He got everyone so excited and believing that we could win. Holden had a great sense of humor, was a great guy and will be missed by all of his friends and family. He had an eternal optimism that will be missed, and his artwork was amazing. So sad that he left us at such a young age. The Grove family is so saddened by his passing.