Bobby "Bob" Eugene Holcomb
A Loved and Respected Gentleman
As the morning sunlight fell across the mountains on Thursday, April 4, 2019, our community lost a man who has been an example of what each of us strive to be throughout our lives. Bob E. Holcomb was a man devoted to his faith, a man who loved his family with all of his heart and soul and a man who taught so many the importance of always being the best that one could be.
Bobby “Bob” Eugene Holcomb was blessed with 84 years of a full and wonderful life. He was born March 26, 1935 in Yadkin County, North Carolina to the late Joseph Grady Holcomb and the late Texie Wilmoth Holcomb. His early years were filled with happy times of growing up working on his family’s tobacco farm with his brothers and where he became instilled with his strong work ethic that remained with him throughout his lifetime. Bob was a gifted student, talented athlete and received a scholarship to continue his education and develop his athletic skills at Western Carolina College where he became an outstanding baseball and basketball player. Upon his graduation, Bob made his home in Canton, North Carolina where he had been recruited to play fast pitch softball for the well known Champion YMCA Team and was later honored as being selected as member of the Men’s All World Softball Team as a shortstop. Mr. Holcomb received many awards throughout his coaching career and was also inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame for Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball. Education played an important role in Bob’s life and he began his dedication to becoming a lifetime educator at Canton High School and continuing at Pisgah High School where he was a teacher and guidance counselor for 35 dedicated years. Mr. Holcomb was a role model and mentor to students who have never forgotten his presence in their lives and his encouragement of always doing their best. His strong love for sports continued during his teaching career as he became the head coach of the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Canton High School and Pisgah High School. He was honored on three occasions as being selected as The Western North Carolina Coach of the Year by the Asheville–Citizen Times. Bob’s lifetime of dedication to children and sports would remain and continue even following his retirement from the Haywood County School System as he became employed at Cherokee High School as vice principal and later becoming school principal. Bob also had the opportunity of coaching his granddaughter,Courtney when she played on AAU, Enka Middle School and Enka High School basketball teams and eventually became her assistant as she coached girls basketball at Enka Middle School. In his later years Mr. Holcomb was a small business entrepreneur developing a promotional and marketing consulting firm. Bob was a man of strong faith and was a dedicated member of Canton Central United Methodist Church. He also served as a board member of Haywood Christian Ministry. Bobby “Bob” Eugene Holcomb was a man who truly loved his family, who inspired and changed the lives of many by believing in them and encouraging them and is an example for each of us to follow. We give thanks for the life of Bob Holcomb.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Roberts Holcomb who passed away in 2005.
Bob’s memory will continue to live in the hearts of his surviving family: his wife, Vicki Booker Holcomb of Canton; his daughters, Cynthia Sellinger (Howard) of Candler and Amy Trantham (Jeff) of Candler; a step-son, Michael Dineen of Vail, Colorado ; grandchildren, Courtney Dietiker (Nathan), Blake Trantham, Brennan Trantham, Rachel Nixon (Sean) and Hunter Sellinger(Kim); great –grandchildren, Mattie, Pierce, Emma, Alice, Lola and two more baby blessings on the way; brothers, Thad Holcomb ( Annette) of Yadkinville, NC and Hubert Holcomb ( Trilby) of Lawrenceville , GA.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Canton Central United Methodist Church. Pastor Paul Brown and Pastor Riley Covin will be officiating. A reception and gathering of friends and family to celebrate Bob’s life will be held in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the funeral service. Entombment will be in The Horizon Mausoleum at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s memory to the Haywood County School Foundation, Pisgah High School, 1230 North Main Street, Waynesville or Haywood Christian Ministry, 150 Branner Avenue, Waynesville, NC 28786.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Holcomb family.