James Lee Holding

August 9, 1950July 2, 2018

James Lee Holding, D.C., 67, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 2, 2018. Born 8/9/50 in Palatine, Il, James obtained his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO.

James made his home in Bowie, MD, and opened Holding Chiropractic Clinic in 1982. His speciality in Sports Medicine, which stemmed from a sports injury in his youth, allowed him the privilege to treat some of the premiere athletes in the DC area through his many years of practice, including many players on the Washington Capital´s roster. From this grew a life-long fandom of the team. Now that he has finally seen his beloved Caps hoist Lord Stanley´s Cup, he will be resting peacefully.

James, a widower, is survived by his three children, Sonny, Johnna, and Rocco Holding, his daughter-in-law, Carolina Holding, and his two grandchildren, Antonio and Sebastian.

Robert E. Evan's funeral home in Bowie, MD will be handling arrangements and the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rita and James Holding Memorial Scholarship at the Bowie Hockey Club, P.O. Box 2205, Bowie, MD, 20718.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 20, 2018

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Linda Reid

July 21, 2018

My dear Sonny, Johnna and Rocco,
Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your father and my dear friend, James.
As you know, we met in 1980 when your father was a student at Logan Chiropractic College and your beautiful mom, Rita, and I were coworkers and “sister” friends at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School. What great fun we always had!
In addition to being a hockey fan, your dad also enjoyed baseball. James liked my St Louis Cardinals, but he LOVED his Chicago Cubs . As often as we could we watched the Cards/Cubs games together via texting. These games will never be the same for me without the friendly rivalry we enjoyed.
On July 19th I sat in my hotel room missing James and watching our beloved Cards and Cubs at it once again. In the 4th inning I was feeling pretty good with my Cards in the lead 2 to 1. Then, in the 5th inning the Cubs exploded with 5 runs and went on to win the game 9 to 6. And so, my friend James, that one was for you!
Love you forever!

Ambria Frazier

July 20, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Holding. All week I’ve been trying to pick my favorite memory to share so I finally decided I’d go with my very first memory of Dr. Holding.

When I went in for my interview at HCC, I could tell Dr. Holding was a little leery of hiring me. I was fresh out of high school with a baby face & no medical experience at all. He even told me later “I saw you sitting there and I thought-She’s a kid! No one is going to take her seriously” lol. But for some reason, with some persuasion from Jess, he decided to hire me (I think I wowed him with all the background research I had done on his practice & career as a chiropractor lol). I remember when I went in for my final interview & official hiring he challenged me. In so many words he basically encouraged me to never be intimidated by challenges & to not let any obstacle get in the way of reaching my goals. He had so much faith in me & what I could accomplish & I’ll never forget that. While working at HCC Dr. Holding helped me to go from receptionist, to a chiropractic assistant to eventually an office manager. He even supported me when I left HCC to move to another country to do volunteer work. He was a tough boss, but in a good way. He was passionate about his work & passionate about people. I can truly say that working for Dr. Holding & working with his staff for five years gave me so much experience & training, not just career wise, but in life. It was truly a privilege to work alongside great staff members like Jessica, Kim, Rochelle, Michelle, Betty & many others & it was an awesome experience to meet the many patients he had over the years.

Johnna, Sonny, Rocky, your dad was great guy and loved you all dearly. He would talk about you guys all the time. Please know that I’m keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers & I pray that these little memories from the many lives that he touched bring you comfort, peace & little happiness (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Suzee Bolokowicz (Fischer)

July 20, 2018

To me, Janes will always be Jimmy Holding. He was a great friend to me during my High School years. We re-connected via Facebook & I was looking forward to seeing him at the upcoming Class Reunion. Always such a nice guy. He will be missed!

Dr's Chris and Donna McLaughlin

July 19, 2018

The words we can say will never do justice for James, we have known him for over 45 years, are parents were great friends, and so many great stories and memories but the loss will effect us for ever. A Wonderful man, friend, father and Chiropractor. Our condolence to the family of James, and know our prayers are with you.

Gayle Thompson

July 19, 2018

Cheers to you Dr. James
My memories of you in our beloved class at Logan College and all the laughter will be cherished. You were a great man, father and Chiropractor. May you rest in peace and enjoy the great above with a toast to those who went before you.

My condolences to your friends and family who grieve.

With great love and respect,.
Gayle Thompson, D.C.

Tim O'Hara

July 18, 2018

What a great guy. For over 30 years he improved my quality of life through his expert chiropractic care. Over that time, I enjoyed our many conversations about music, sports, family, and so many other topics - yes, we even discussed joints. He was genuine and cared about you more than just as a patient and knew so much about so many subjects. He’ll surely be missed by many.

Arlinda Andrews

July 13, 2018

What a wonderful guy... gone way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Arlinda Andrews

July 13, 2018

What a wonderful guy... gone way too soon! My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Arlinda Andrews

July 13, 2018

What a wonderful guy! I knew him from our children attending Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School and I was also a patient of his years ago. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Emilie Insley

July 12, 2018

I have known Dr. Holding for over 40 years. He would always have words of wisdom, as well as corny jokes. He was part of our family and always will be. You will be greatly missed.

My prayers and sympathy to his family.