John Russell Holden

December 30, 1948March 5, 2018
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John Russell Holden of Trent Woods, NC passed away peacefully on Monday, March 5th, 2018. He was born in Washington, DC on December 30th, 1948 to the late John Raymond and Betty Curtis Holden.

John is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Silver Spring, MD. Following graduation, John served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. His bravery in Vietnam earned him a Purple Heart and numerous medals. After returning home, John attended North Carolina State University where he earned both his undergraduate and masters’ degree with honors in Electrical Engineering.

John was an incredibly intelligent man and spent many years employed with B/S/H in New Bern, NC as a Product Safety Engineer. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf, watching his favorite sports teams, spending time with family, and was an avid guitar player and reader.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine C. Holden of New Bern, sons Matthew J. Holden of Columbia, SC, and Jeffrey R. Holden and wife Kati of Holly Springs, NC, and granddaughters Chandler and Reese Holden. He is also survived by his brothers Timothy C. Holden and wife Jannine of Damascus, MD, and Michael J. Holden of Alexandria, VA, his sister Kathleen M. Basil and husband Tom of Arnold, MD; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister, Theresa Whitmire.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 1:00pm at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern, NC followed by a burial service with full military honors at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern. A reception will be held for family and friends at New Bern Golf and Country Club ,Trent Woods, NC at 3:00pm.

Memorial donations may be made in John’s name to Crystal Coast Hospice House, Inc. 100 Big Rock Weigh Newport, NC 28570.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made by visiting



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John Russell Holden

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g c

March 22, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Wilma Venters

March 14, 2018

Dear Cathy, Matt, Jeff and families,

I offer my deepest condolences for your loss. Hold on to the precious memories, for they will help you get through this time.

Wilma Venters

frank slightom

March 14, 2018

Dear Johnny,

death is part of life and part of livin'....but that doesn't make it easy.

We both understood....relative to eternity that we aren't here for a long time so we may as well have a good time. We shared many a laugh, giggling like kids with a guitar in your hand talking about experiences in DC, Greenville, K'town and Raleighwood.

Course, when you told me about your first landing in a hot LZ in Nam with bullets whizzing over your head and I asked you "WHAT DID YOU DO?" and you said "I said what in the world was I thinking of when I enlisted?" We both just fell out and laughed till our stomachs hurt. You went on to serve your country and your family with love, commitment and tremendous pride. Your technical capability and common sense were far evident before being awarded diploma's which were icing on the cake. It's truly been my pleasure.
I hope you have access to a good Les Paul and a Stratocaster for the
the louder times when I see ya next. Peace. frank

Bob Clark

March 13, 2018

My deepest condolences to all of the Holden family. We were classmates at Good Counsel and shared some good times, usually at dances! I last saw Jack at the Good Counsel class of 1966’s 25th reunion at the school. I contacted his brother upon learning of their dad’s passing to express condolences, BUT UNFORTUNATELY failed to connect with Jack. Our dad’s shared some WWII EXPERIENCES.

Jack was a very witty fellow, who was well liked and seemed to always have a smile when he’ d greet you. Many of us missed him at our 50th reunion in 2016, but now he is having a reunion in a Higher place, Rest In Peace Jack, you were great.

Bob Clark - GC Class Agent 1966

Shuli Lin

March 12, 2018

I first met John was at BSH laundry division back in 2007. We worked together in the electrical components group, later he became my boss. I remember John as a kind person with good sense of humor. As a manager, he taught me not just technical stuff, but also showed his care and shared life stories with me. I still remember right before my departure from New Bern to China in Dec 2009, he invited me to Texas Steakhouse and we two had a nice conversation. That was the last time I met John. The memory stays vivid till today.

I heard him talking a lot about his sons. But never had chance to meet them. My condolence to John's family. May him rest in peace and play more golf in heaven.

Thank you, John. It was nice knowing you.

Rex Smith

March 9, 2018

I first worked with John at Buehler Motor in Kinston, then later at BSH laundry division, and most recently at BSH dishwasher division. John was a kind and gentle man, with always a kind word, friendly personality, and outstanding work ethic. It had been a few months since I last saw him, and was shocked when I heard of his passing.

I am honored to have had the opportunity to know John personally. Rest In Peace my friend.

Carter Minor

March 9, 2018

I met John when I was a student at ECU. We played music together and I have many great and wonderful memories of him. There is now rest for his soul. I pray that the Lord God of all comfort will bless the Holden family and all that knew and loved John with the strength and peace needed to endure during this time of sorrow. We will see him again. I share your grief. The Lord be with you all.
"Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?' The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain for the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

Karen DAHL. (Steen)

March 8, 2018

Dear family of Jackie Holden,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss of a wonderful husband, brother, dad, friend.

Living in MN we didn’t see Jackie often but recall Aunt Betty and Jacks visits to MN as children and the fun we all had.

We know there’s a reunion in the heavens for Jackie with his parents, sister and other dear ones.

Our thoughts and prayers for peace as you recall the good times to comfort you during this time of grief and loss.
Love, Cousin Karen and Jim DAHL family, Minnesota

David McClay

March 8, 2018

So sorry to hear about John -- I was a classmate of his at Good Counsel. I remember him as a bright, popular and funny guy.
David McClay

Thomas Lubert

March 8, 2018

I met John for the first time in Berlin, Germany. Back then he worked for the Laundry Care Electronics Group of BSH in New Bern. I was in the middle of my preparation to take over a new assignment in New Bern and both of us did attend the same workshop. I got aware right away what nice person John was. John and I were desk neighbours during my 4 years in New Bern. In this period we developed a friendship that was and remains something special to me. He had a great personality, a broad scope of interest and a wonderful sense of humor. We played golf together and shared many things in common. The last time I met him was in summer 2016. My family and I were travelling in the US and because of a change in our travel plans we made a stop in New Bern.
John my dear friend you will always have a place in my memories. I herewith send my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for the Holden Family.

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He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.