Mr. Claude S. Hollifield, age 86, of Marion, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Hospice House of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City following a brief illness. A native of McDowell County, he was born on December 30, 1933 to the late Reid Hollifield and Mamie Morgan Hollifield. Claude was a well-respected businessman in Marion for many years. In addition to owning a Gulf Oil station and a laundromat, he was most well-known as the owner of Hollifield Sales located at the southern end of the bypass in Marion. Claude was a very active member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church where he was currently serving as a Deacon and he was also on the Building and Grounds Committee. He quietly helped many people in his community in ways that will probably never be known. Claude loved his family, his church family and his fellow man and made many friends over the years. He was known and loved by many. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 57 years, Ellen McPeters Hollifield and his son-in-law, James D. Clanton, Jr. as well as brothers-in-law, Jim McPeters and Frank Miller.
Surviving are his daughter, Claudette Hollifield Clanton; grandson John Daniel Clanton and wife Amy. His three great-grandsons, John, Daniel and James Clanton held a special place in his heart. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Ruby Miller of Marion. In addition, he is also survived by brother-in-law Bobby McPeters and wife Alma, sister-in-law Penny Barnes and husband Paul, and sister-in-law, Inez McPeters.
A funeral service will take place Monday, March 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Dr. Jonathan Watson and Rev. Dr. Eric Grindstaff officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in McDowell Memorial Park where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved Ellen. Floral tributes would be a blessing, however, those wishing to memorialize him by way of donation are encouraged to consider Chapel Hill Baptist Church at 109 Chapel Hill Church Loop, Marion, NC 28752, or to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills at 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City, NC 28043.
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