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23rd February 2018

It was with sadness that we learned of the death of Pennie Holder, wife of the late, Pastor Richard Holder, on Friday 16 February.

Pennie will be buried today Friday 23 February at the East Market Seventh-day Adventist church in North Carolina after passing away last Sabbath.

Pennie was a ‘beautiful Christlike lady’, the words of Carmen Chisholm, wife of Pastor Roy Chisholm (retired) echo the sentiments of all those who knew her. Lurline Thomas recalls the ‘gems of wisdom’ that were given to her and her husband, Dr Steve Thomas (Peckham church) by Pennie and Richard.

Laura Osei, wife of Dr Emmanuel Osei (South England Conference President), tells of a quiet lady who could be ‘bubbly and great fun’ and who shared words of spiritual counsel to all those in need.

She is survived by her four children, Daniel, Nathaniel, Candace and Haddasah.


Reflection from  Funeral service



Pennie Elaine Cornelius was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pennie blessed this earth on January 21st 1957, the fourth child of Elease Cornelius and the late Ivory Cornelius. At an early age she fell in love with Jesus, the first love of her life. At age 8, she was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. At the age of 16 she lost her father, Ivory Cornelius and deepened her relationship and walk with Jesus.

Pennie attended Dudley High School graduating in 1975. She continued her education by attending Oakwood University, in Huntsville AL. As a student she also worked as a colporteur. She sold books to pay her way through college and even earned enough to help others with their tuition. She never lost her love for books and reading about her wonderful friend, Jesus.

She lived with Dr. Francis Bliss, an education professor at Oakwood, University. In 1977, Dr. Bliss had problems with her roof. She called Ellis Baptiste, a local carpenter, to fix the problem. Mr. Baptiste sent Mr. Richard A. Holder to fix the roof. He was also a student at Oakwood University. While Richard was working hard on the roof, Pennie caught his eye, and in 1979, two years later, Pennie Cornelius became Mrs. Pennie Cornelius Holder; when she married the second love of her life, Richard Holder. Pennie graduated with a degree in General Studies June 6th of 1982. She later found her calling in helping others and pursued and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1982.


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