John "Alton" Holshouser, 70, of Gold Hill, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at his home in Gold Hill, NC.
He was born October 12, 1947 in Albemarle, NC to John and Ruth McDonald Holshouser. Alton was a 1965 graduate of East Rowan High School and a 1966 graduate of Nashville Auto Diesel College. Alton was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving in the Army during Vietnam. He was a life member of the Miller Russell American Legion Post 112. He also served as Commander from 1995-2017 and was a life member of VFW Post 9134; member of the Rockwell AMVETS Post 845, serving as Commander from 1998-2000; member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 0909; and a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 96.
Alton was a lifelong member of Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, and a charter member of the George Poole Brotherhood.
Alton owned and operated Holshouser Farms in Gold Hill, where he raised Black Angus Cattle. He was a member of the NC Angus Association, Advisor for the NC Junior Angus Association for 3 years, and he was the Rowan County Director for the NC Cattleman's Association. Alton received the Rowan County Conservation Farm award in 1989.
Alton enjoyed traveling to the National Junior Angus shows for many years and looking at good Angus cattle and making friends from all over the country.
In addition to his parents, Alton was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Holshouser.
John is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Martha Beck Holshouser, whom he married August 8, 1970; sons, John J. Holshouser and wife Courtney of Rockwell, Paul A. Holshouser and fiancée Lauren of Bethesda, MD, and Karl L. Holshouser and wife Cortney of Castalia; grandsons, J. Colt Holshouser, Luke S. Holshouser and Coen J. Holshouser; brother, Kermit W. Holshouser and wife Charlene of Connelly Springs; and sister, Phyllis H. Sparling and husband Phillip of Big Canoe, GA;
The family will greet friends and relatives on Friday, June 22, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Powles Staton Funeral Home, Rockwell, NC.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in the Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, Rockwell, NC, with Rev. J. Whitley and Rev. Brian Russell, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church Cemetery with Military graveside rites provided by the NC National Guard and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kitchen Fund at Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, 2405 Grace Lower Stone Church Rd Rockwell, NC 28138.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Holshouser family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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