Deborah Kay Holder

March 15, 1953November 16, 2020

Deborah Kay Fox Holder, age 67, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, at Davis Medical Center in Statesville. Born March 15, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Fox and Mae Icard Fox. A member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, she was a teacher’s assistant in the school system.

Deborah is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank Seymour Holder, Jr.; daughters, April Maloney and husband Patrick of Greensboro, NC, Susan Frericks and husband Dustin of McLeansville, NC, and Lisa Holder of Hickory; grandchildren, Ryver Frericks and Skylar Frericks; and brothers, Olin Fox of Pinehurst and Jim Fox of Winston-Salem.

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Kim Deitz

November 20, 2020

I was saddened to hear this news. Deborah was my assistant at Bethlehem Elementary and I loved working with her so much! She was an awesome assistant that cared deeply for the children she worked with. Deborah had a kind heart and was a caring individual that was always willing to help. I want to send my sympathy to her family. Our love and prayers are with you.

Sylvia Evans

November 20, 2020

I have known Deborah a long time also we went to school together, shared church sunday school together and MYF also we had such fun and learned many lessons of life during this time I also enjoyed the MYF Lord's Acre projects the only time that hard work was fun May you rest in peace and prayers for your precious family

Deborah Little

November 19, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about Deborah. I went to school with her 12 years. And her mama kept my children. I’ll be praying for all her family.

Kristi Goldberry

November 19, 2020

She was my daughter Kayleigh's first grade teacher assistant at Bethlehem Elementary. She was a kind and caring person who truly cared about her students. So glad to have known her and for my daughter to have such fond memories of her.

Marjorie Markham

November 19, 2020

I loved working with Deborah and this just breaks my heart. We had many great talks about our kids during those days at Bethlehem Elementary! Prayers for all her family.

Vicki Fink

November 19, 2020

I cherish memories of attending Sunday School as a child at Mt. Bethel with Deborah, especially the years that she and I were in the class taught by her mother. Occasionally she and her family would invite me home for Sunday lunch. It was probably the first times I ever sat at a dining room table. We enjoyed food and fellowship and then a Sunday afternoon drive. On one such afternoon, Deborah and her family drove me to see my first waterfall, Moravian Falls. How very kind the entire family were to me!

Deborah and I also enjoyed going to MYF meetings as teenagers and working together on MYF projects. My favorite? Helping raise sugar cane and making molasses!

I pray that all of Deborah's loved ones will be comforted by resurrection hope in Christ Jesus and encouraged by fond memories.

Beverly Teague

November 19, 2020

My memories with Deborah go back - way back - to our preschool days. The Fox family was well known in the community and known by everyone due to May’s beauty shop. That is where we first met and became lifelong friends. Years of being together in School, Bible School, Girl Scouts, pajama parties, sleep overs and birthday parties are happy memories. Deborah was a lifetime friend, a wonderful wife and mother and a great educator. I will miss you but I will smile when I remember our good times together with Mary, Karen, Denise and Renee and our favorite teacher, Mrs. Judy Craig.

Debbie Jolly

November 19, 2020

So sorry to hear this. Many fond memories of Deborah at school Working with her for many years . I always loved conversing with her and just being around her. We had good times together there. Prayers for the family.

Sandra Wright

November 19, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Deborah's family. Working with her at Bethlehem Elementary School was an honor. She was such a joy to work with. Always had a smile on her face.

Wanda Stafford

November 18, 2020

So sorry to read this news about Deborah Fox Holder. I want to send my sympathy to her family. I watched Deborah and her brothers grow up thru her mom's beauty shop. I liked her family! I remember Deborah later when she worked for the school system. She was so nice and helpful with the students. Will miss seeing her in the Bethlehem Community. Wanda Stafford


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