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Pastor Ruth (Smith) Holder

September 27, 1945 ~ July 3, 2021 (age 75)


Pastor Ruth Smith Holder, age 75, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Ruth was born in Guilford County on Sept. 27, 1945 to the late Rev. George W. Smith and Naomi Waters Smith.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Pastor John L Holder.  Ruth was the Pastor of Sanford Community Church and was a nurse where she served as a physician assistant.

Surviving relatives include her son Chris Yates and Megan Edwards of FL.; a daughter, Kimberly Holder of Sanford; brothers, Rev. David Smith and Cheryl of Durham, Thomas Smith and Elaine of Greensboro, and Samuel Smith of Greensboro; sisters, Sarah Hanlin and Dennis of Greensboro, Rachel King of Reidsville; and Dorcas Ellis of Greensboro; and one grandchild, Freya Yates.

The visitation will be held Friday, July 9, 2021, from 1:30pm to the funeral hour in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.  The funeral will be held at 3PM with Rev. David Smith, Rev. Hilda Rosser, and Rev. Randy Buchanan presiding.  The family will be located at Ruth’s home and visitors are welcomed.  The burial will follow at Carbonton UMC Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sanford Community Church, 5700 Peach Orchard Rd., Sanford, NC  27332 in Pastor Ruth’s honor.

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