Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC


Larry Charles Hollar

October 24, 1943May 15, 2020

Larry Charles Hollar, 76, of Hickory and Sparta, passed away on May 15, 2020 at Carolina Caring Hospice House. Born October 24, 1943 in Hickory, he was the son of the late Larry Dayton and Lillian Lawrence Hollar and grandson of Della and Poly Hollar. Larry was a survivor of the 1948 Polio Epidemic. During his early years, Larry worked for the Hickory Recreation Department where he coached basketball and football. He coached Little League Baseball for five years in Bethlehem in the 60’s, then continued his love of baseball as a Dodgers fan from their days in Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Larry was a longtime member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church where he served as VP of the Congregation, Finance Committee, Bible Study Leader, and Choir Member. With the help of friends, Larry built his mountain cabin, which he enjoyed for many years. He loved the challenges of working on the cabin with his wife Stephanie and enjoying the experiences of mountain life even as his health declined. After attending the St. Stephens Lutheran School and Hickory High School, Larry graduated with a BA from Lenoir Rhyne College and an MA from Appalachian State University. Larry spent his professional life in education, retiring from CVCC as Associate Dean of College Transfer after over 30 years of service. He held many positions, in the Business and Transfer Divisions, Associate Dean in Arts, Science and Business. After retirement, he was an adjunct professor of Marketing Management and Business Policy for Lenoir Rhyne College. In the community, Larry taught the Articulation Workshop for the Chamber of Commerce and CVCC joint venture in training school teachers seeking renewal credit. He also served on a Small Business Committee and was awarded lifetime membership in Kiwanis International and Optimists International. A beloved husband and stepfather, Larry’s friends knew that, in spite of lifelong health challenges, he always radiated positivity and never met a challenge he couldn’t face. Larry is survived by his wife Stephanie; son and daughter-in-law, John and Fernanda Mogray; and grandchildren, Alexander and Isabella Mogray. He also leaves his beloved dogs, Lucy and Charlie Brown. The family is grateful to the Frye Hospital staff, Kindred Therapy, Carolina Caring Hospice House, Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff at Frye Hospital, Dr. Lake Morrison of Duke Medical Center and Joel Kunze, PA at DeSantis Family Practice, for their time, expertise, and kindness during his many years of illness. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, with Pastor Mike Stone officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Condolences may be sent to the Hollar family at www.drumfh-hickory.com. Drum Funeral Home in Hickory is honored to be serving the Hollar family.


6 June

A Memorial Service

11:00 am

Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church

Bethlehem, NC


Larry Charles Hollar

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Sindie Sigmon

May 20, 2020

I met Mr. Hollar as an accounting student at CVCC in the early 80s. I was required to take a Business Law class and I was dreading it...it sounded so boring...but it wasn't! Mr. Hollar was a great professor! He made the classes interesting...so much so I signed up for a second one and a third🙂. He was lighthearted and brought laughter and feeling to the classes....the cases we studied came to live. To this day I still remember lessons learned through his teaching. My prayers are with his family.

David Puett

May 19, 2020

I enjoyed having Larry as a teacher while I attended CVCC in 1973 and 1974. A great guy not only as a teacher, but as a friend. Somehow, we would run into each other somewhere over the years....and always enjoyed chatting with ole Larry.....

Judy Wittenberg Valentine

May 19, 2020

Prayers are with you, Stephanie.🙏🙏🙏

Richard Morris

May 19, 2020

I met Larry in October 1973 and from that date he has been a personal friend. Larry was the type of friend we all would like to be. His wonderful smile was always there and his attitude toward excellence was reflected in the students he taught, advised, and encouraged. He will be greatly missed by his family but to each of us who enjoyed his friendship, a part of who we are is now missing.
Stephanie and family, our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers will be with you, both now, and future days as well.

DL Turbyfill

May 19, 2020

I met Larry when I started my career at CVCC 26 years ago. Always smiling, always affable, always gregarious... that was Larry. I didn't work closely with Larry, but I still knew him because of his character, demeanor, and friendliness. A great person and a great acquaintance. So sad to hear of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Ron Valentini

May 18, 2020

Even though we were primarily on separate campuses, Larry and I had a close friendship. We both seemed to view life from the same perspective, as something to enjoy, take in stride, and treat with humor. He was such a great guy to just be around and could always be counted on to have you leave his presence with hope for the next day.

Melanie Tibbs

May 18, 2020

I will have to say Larry was a one of a kind. I knew him before my career began at Catawba Valley Community College 31 years ago. He was a great friend to my daddy. He always thought of others, he took time several years ago to get a group of CVCC retirees together and they drove to Clemmons to spend the day with my daddy. They all had a great day of laughing and reminiscing. I will always remember him walking those halls of CVCC and smiling or joking. Larry thanks for being such a great friend to my daddy.

Jeffrey Penley

May 18, 2020

Larry was one of the first people I met at Catawba Valley Community College, and we worked together for many years prior to his retirement. If there is one word that best describes Larry, it is "integrity." This man's character was impeccable. Our professional relationship was one based on mutual respect and admiration. Larry was a servant leader in the truest sense of the term. He led through positive reinforcement, always striving to "catch people doing something right." Larry will be sorely missed, and that is a clear indication of the positive, everlasting impact he had on his family, friends and colleagues, and the Catawba Valley community at large. I will always remember Larry, and when I do, the memory will come with a smile.

Kathy Crump

May 18, 2020

Absolutely one of the best leaders ever to have served in the Business Department at Catawba Valley Community College. Larry gave me my first teaching job at CVCC and thirty years later I am still teaching economics trying to continue his legacy of students first. I will always reflect back on him with the utmost respect.

Peggy Byrd

May 17, 2020

WONDERFUL man,!! Such a loss to us all. Great professor at CVCC but just a great person in general!! He will be missed!! He helped my husband so much during his post Veitnam war period. He was such a strong role model!!! Will miss you Larry Hollar!! RIP!!


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