John" Buford" Holden, 89, of Greensboro, departed from this life on Tuesday, May 15, 2013, at Maple Grove Rehab Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Chapel, with Rev. Patrick Fuller officiating. Burial will follow at Westminster Gardens Cemetery.
Buford was born August 29, 1923, in Georgia, to the late Andrew Jackson Holden and Cummi Woods Holden. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church for over 50 years and was the recipient of the Purple Heart after being wounded during his service in the United States Army. Buford retired from Vanstory Oil Company after 30 years of employment and then worked as a courier for the Greensboro News and Record. He enjoyed gardening and fishing in his spare time. Buford was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Sara Ann Minish Holden; a granddaughter, April Thomas; and all of his siblings.
He is survived by his daughter Janice H. Thomas and her husband Harry of Greensboro; his son, John D. Holden and his wife Geraldine of Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Jason Holden, Christie Bisbee, and Jennifer Sniger; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Friday, May 17, 2013, at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405 or Southside Baptist Church 1001 Greehaven Dr., Greensboro, NC 27406.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.