Charlie C. Holland, 82, of Apex, NC died on October 8, 2009. Holland was the owner of Holland’s Jewelers which he and his wife, Ann, founded in 1960
Born in 1927, Holland lost his mother at age 8, then his father at age 11, beginning a difficult orphaned childhood. His compassion, concern, and support for orphans remained with him his entire life.
Holland’s jewelry career started with training at Spencer School of Watchmaking. He and Ann later opened Holland’s Jewelers.
Holland worshipped and served at Apex Baptist Church as deacon and various committee chairs throughout his long membership there. He was devoted to the Apex business community serving as charter member of the Apex Rotary Club as well as Triangle Youth for Christ. He also served the community in the Apex Jaycees, the Apex Library Board, the Downtown Merchants Association, and the Apex Chamber of Commerce who honored him as Citizen of the Year in 2006. He was a member of the Apex Masonic Lodge and the Amran Shrine.
Those desiring to do so may make memorials to The Smile Train, or to Mabopane Orphanage, through Apex Baptist Church, 110 S. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502.