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The History of Holden’s Marine
The Holden’s boating tradition goes back over 60 years. Tom Holden Sr. took the future Mrs. Holden on dates to Lake Lure, N.C. in the 40’s, where they rented a boat for 50 cents a day.

Mr. Holden enjoyed boating so much, that he began to deal with small engines and boats at his business in Inman, S.C.( Holden’s Home and Auto Store), and he first became a Johnson Outboard dealer in 1956. With the impending opening of the new water works reservoir (which would be known as Lake Bowen), Tom Sr. realized that there would be a need for more boat dealers.

He left the radio/TV/ and appliance business soon after, and, in 1961, opened Holden’s Marine and Sport Center at 1265 Boiling Springs Road in Spartanburg, SC. The rest, as they say, is history.

In Memory

Thomas Walker Holden
(February 5, 1919 - July 21, 2008)

Thomas Walker Holden, husband of Ella Neil Scott Holden, of 85 E. Main St., left this earthly life to be with his Lord on Monday evening July 21, 2008 after a long and courageous battle with several illnesses.

Mr. Holden was born near Inman on February 5, 1919 to the late John Richard and Mae Leona Reynolds Holden. He grew up in the Boiling Springs, S. C. area where he started his career with Holden's Radio Shop in the 1940's. He moved his radio repair business to Inman, where he later opened Holden's Home and Auto Store on Main Street.

In 1961 he changed his focus to boating and opened Holden's Marine Center in Spartanburg, which he ran until he retired.

He was a member of the Inman First Baptist Church for nearly 60 years and was in the Winsome Sunday School Class. The class is to serve as Honorary Escort at the services.

Mr. Holden and his loving and devoted wife, Ella Neil, were married for 65 years. He is survived by four children: Tom Holden, Jr. and his wife Dottie, Mildred Neil (Mickey) Higgins and her husband Rick, Richard Holden and his wife Rene, and David Holden. He was also blessed with grandchildren: Angela (Gaffney) Houston and her husband Kevin, Jamie Holden Pearson and her husband Charles Todd, Chris Holden, Lee Holden, Nicholas Holden, step grandson Tim Holden and his wife Dana, and great-grandchildren Thomas, Reagan, and Jackson Pearson, and step great-grandsons Zack and Chase Houston. He is also survived by a brother Leonard Holden and wife Helen, a sister Doris Giles, and sisters-in-law Kathryn Holden and Mary Lanford Holden.

He was predeceased by brothers Royce, Robert and Hubert Holden, a brother-in-law, Madison Giles, and sister-in-law Maude Holden. He also considered as his own, his wife's sisters Era Riser and her husband Glenn, Naomi Fain and her husband Guy, deceased brothers-in-law, Clifford and Gibson, and deceased sister-in-law Jean. He also shared the joy of having many nieces and nephews.

Richard Christopher Holden, Sr.
(April 26, 1951 - August 22, 2013)

Richard Christopher Holden, Sr., 62, of 717 Mosswood Lane, Spartanburg, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013. Richard was born in Spartanburg on April 26, 1951, a son of Ella Neil Scott Holden, of Inman and the late Thomas Walker Holden. He was the husband of Rene Milwood Holden was a co-owner and operator of Holden's Marine. He was a member of Arrowood Baptist Church in Chesnee where he was also the Minister of Music.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sons, Richard Christopher Holden, Jr. of Denver, CO, Lee Thomas Holden of Spartanburg, and Nicholas Scott Holden of Spartanburg; one daughter, Jamie Holden Pearson and her husband ENS Charles Todd Pearson of Spartanburg; two brothers, David Holden of Spartanburg and Tom Holden, Jr. and wife Dottie of Inman, SC; a sister, Mildred Higgins and husband Rick of Flowery Branch, GA; three grandchildren, Thomas Pearson, Reagan Pearson, and Jackson Pearson, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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