E. Patrick Holbert

February 14, 2013
E. Patrick Holbert

E. Patrick Holbert, 57 of Bradenton, Florida passed away peacefully on Valentineís Day at Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL after an extended and complex illness. Born in Mills River, Patrick spent his formative years outdoors; hunting and fishing in the mountains he called home. His love of the sea led him to Florida where he lived the last 12 years with a perpetual tan, a fishing rod in his hand and sunshine in his heart.

Patrick graduated from UNC-Ashville in 1977 with a B.A. in Economics. It was there he met the love of his life, Sharon Whitaker who would become his wife of 35 years. Patrickís love of statistics and his ability to analyze and trouble shoot complex technical processes led him into a career in manufacturing Quality Assurance where he excelled in a variety of industries. His path began in Fletcher at TDM Corporation and then was hired as one of the initial 50 start-up employees when Rockwell International (now Arvin-Meritor) opened its Fletcher Facility. Patrick retired from Arvin-Meritor after 18 years in 2001 and moved to Florida where he continued to be successful as a Quality Assurance Manager working for boating leader Wellcraft, Inc., aero-space leader Seal Dynamics, and finished his career at Dooshan, Inc., a global leader in the manufacturing of water desalination plants. While at Dooshan, Patrick was responsible for writing the Quality Control Technical Manual for a desalination project installed at the American Embassy in Iraq.

In addition to his wife, Sharon, Patrick is survived by his daughter, Margaret Emily ìMaggieî Holbert who is a student at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. He is the son of Melba W. Holbert of Hendersonville and the late James E. Holbert. In addition he is survived by sisters, Janet H. Jones and husband Larry of Cramerton, NC and Joann H. Turner of Flat Rock; brother, J. Mark Holbert of Hendersonville, Lanny F. Holbert of Mills River; and eight nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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  • February 19, 2013
    Laura McSwain Firestone says:
    Expressions of Sympathy Laura McSwain Firestone has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

  • February 19, 2013
    Ron & Dee Brooks says:
    Sharon We were so sorry to learn of Pat's passing. Our thoughts are with you and Maggie.

  • February 19, 2013
    Patsy Praytor Mintz says:
    To all of the family. I am so sorry to learn of the loss of Patrick. Janet, JoAnn and Mark will remember me,possibly. I have special memories of a trip to the fair with the Holbert family back in the 50's. I pray that God will give you peace and grace for your trial.

  • February 19, 2013
    Janet Carter Pamfilis says:
    Sharon, My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your daughter. Janet Carter Pamfilis

  • February 19, 2013
    Teresa Swann Wilde says:
    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. He was apparently a man of charm and warm presence as well as a true hero and role model during his life. News of his demise presents a moment of sadness and contemplation for us all. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. Although we can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in our thoughts from afar. Please know that your classmates are just an email away for any assistance you may need. May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. My sincere hope is that you will take care and accept my heartfelt sympathies. Also take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.