Frances A. Blaylock Holden, 91, died peacefully at her home after a three year illness on October 28, 2021.
Frances was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, on December 9, 1929, to Harris Blaylock, Sr. and Lena Morris Blaylock. She and her sisters were singers who performed on radio shows in their younger years and continued to sing gospel music in their churches. She married Robert Neal Holden in 1950 and moved to Charlotte to raise their family. In 1967, she and Bob built their dream home on Lake Norman; they enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, boating and fishing and sharing the fun often with family and friends. She also enjoyed travelling on cruises and bus tours. She baked delicious cakes for church socials and to comfort the sick and bereaved. Frances was a charter member of Northdale Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and soloist.
In addition to her parents, Frances is preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Neal ‘Bob’ Holden; two sisters: Betty Sue Mincey and Louise Buckner; and two brothers, Tommy Blaylock and Harris Blaylock. She is survived by her two sons: Kenneth Neal Holden of Cornelius and Robert Keith Holden of Denver; five grandchildren: Brian Holden, Alan McGraw, Blain McGraw, Casey Bragg (Kerry), Carras Sayre (Matt); and eleven great-grandchildren: Carlie Holden, Addison Holden, Luke Holden, Adam Bragg, Hanna Bragg, Layci McGraw, Caleb McGraw, Madison McGraw, Jackson McGraw, Abigail Sayre, and Holden Sayre.
Services for Mrs. Holden will be held at Northdale Baptist Church on Sunday, October 31st. Visitation will be at 1:30. Service will be held at 2:00, and burial will be at Northlake Memorial Gardens immediately thereafter.
The family is especially grateful to the devoted and experienced caregivers who provided comfort and contentment for Frances and her family through all the stages of her illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family would sincerely appreciate donations in her memory to Northdale Baptist Church, 8104 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269, or Gideons Ministry, P.O. Box 2233, Cornelius, NC 28031, Attn: Jim Garner.