Reverend Curtis P. Holland, Pastor
Glendale Baptist Church
Furnished by Clarence
A native of North Carolina,
Reverend Holland was a typical tar-hill, hard-shell, fire brimstone,
Baptist preacher. He was a big eater, preached hard and being a large
man he perspired a lot while preaching. Instead of a small
handkerchief, he carried a small hand towel over his arm with which he
would wipe his brow and face. As a young man, Curtis married a young
lady by the name of Cleo Hawkins, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.E.
Hawkins of Ellenboro, N. C. and made their home there for a while,
before going to Tennessee.
Coming to Glendale in the 20s, he was elected as Pastor of the Glendale
Baptist Church in 1928, serving some 3 years before resigning for
personal reasons. Being a congenial, friendly person and with most
everyone liking him and his family, he was recalled as Pastor in 1935,
serving for another two years. Following his wife’s death, Rev. Holland
returned to his home state.
The 1910 North Carolina,
Haywood County Census shows that he had been married 4 years and
was the father of one child.
The household was listed as;
Curtis Holland 23, husband, fiber plant worker. Wife; Cleo 24
Son; Thomas 2.
The 1920 Tennessee,
Carter County Census lists the household as;
Curtis Holland 33, husband, Minister.
Wife; Cleo 34
Children; Thomas 12. *Ellen 8.
Roy 6. Bessie 3.
(* - See More information elsewhere in this article.)
Two additional children were added to the family after this last
census. Ruth and George Holland.
Excerpts from the
Obituary of Mrs. Cleo Hawkins Holland published in the Spartanburg Herald,
April 8, 1935; “Mrs. Cleo Holland, 49, wife of the Reverend C.
P. Holland, pastor of the Glendale Baptist Church, died at her home in
Glendale at 8 o’clock Sunday morning after a lingering illness. She and
Rev. Holland had made their home in Glendale for several years. Mrs.
Holland took a very active part in the church work with her husband
when her health permitted. She was well known and loved by many and her
passing will be regretted by those who knew her.
Survivors are her husband, Rev. C. P. Holland and the following
children; Miss Ruth Holland, George Holland, Mrs. J. C. Fowler and Mrs.
John Bishop, all of Glendale and Thomas Holland of Erwin Tenn,; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Hawkins, Ellenboro, N.C., the following
brothers and sisters, Mrs. R.H. Jolly, Caroleen, N.C., Mrs. W.D.O.
Bryant, Greensboro, N.C., J.B. and Joe Hawkins, Avondale, N.C., and
D.E. Hawkins, Caroleen, N. C.; also two grandchildren.”
Funeral services were held at the Glendale Baptist Church Monday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. J.L. Vipperman, Pastor of Southside
Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S. C.
The following served as flower bearers; Miss Edna Murray, Miss. Mary
Cash, Mrs. Fay Crocker, Mrs. Emma Bell Allen, Miss. Ageline Adams and
Miss Ada Corn. The following Deacons of the Glendale Baptist Church
were asked to serve as pallbearers; C.A. Sams, A.E. Crocker, John Corn,
John Cash, John Thompson, Albert Brown and J.H. Hunter.
Interment followed in the Glendale Community Cemetery.
Grave marker; Cleo Holland, 1885=1935.
Ellen Holland was the only child to marry and remain in Glendale.
Ellen Holland married John Frank Bishop and they became the parents of
children; John Palmer, Albert Wyley and Roberta Bishop.
John and Ellen made their home, died and were buried in Glendale.
John F. Bishop-June 11, 1908=April 22, 1977
Ellen H. Bishop-July 28, 1911=December 16, 1986
Federal Census and Obituary, courtesy of Spartanburg County Library.
Clarence E. Crocker , June 2012
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