ForeverMissed

SERVICE INFORMATION

Live Stream at Graveside at 2:30pm on July 6, 2020: www.Lusain.com

Public Viewing: Monday, July 6, 2020 from 10 am to 2 pm in W.E. Lusain Funeral Home Chapel #3, 249 6th Ave SW, Bhm, AL 35211.

Interment: Monday, July 6, 2020, 2:30 pm at Zion Memorial Gardens, 501 Tarrant Huffman Road, Bhm, AL 35206. 

CARRIE ELIZABETH WARD HOLSTON

Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Ward Holston was born February 8, 1957, in Birmingham, Alabama, the fourth child of Cleveland and Eula Ward. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Ensley.

Carrie attended Birmingham Public Schools, and graduated from Wenonah High School in 1975. With her desire to be of service to others, she continued her education at Lawson State Community College and Bessemer State Technical College, earning the Licensed Practical Nurse certification. This career choice gave her the opportunity to work in several hospitals and private practices in the Birmingham area.

After relocating to Georgia, she united with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Powder Springs. There she served as not only a faithful member, but also served several years as Church Secretary. She was full of personality and leadership qualities. She was never content to be just a member, and served a term as Worthy Matron of Villa Rica Eastern Star Chapter No. 138. She also served a term as President of the Silhouettes of the Carrolton-Douglasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Although nursing was her vocation and service was her calling, sewing was her passion. She often said “If I can see it, I can go home and make it.” Carrie did everything from alterations for family and friends to quilts and rugs. During her final months, she convinced the hospital staff to allow her to have her sewing machine brought to the hospital. During that time she made multiple quilts. When the pandemic struck, she shifted her focus and made dozens of masks for family and hospital staff.

Carrie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Cleveland Ward, Jr. She is survived by her husband Michael, her children, Terry Holston of Sandy Springs, GA, Brandon Holston of San Diego, CA, and Nicole Wilder of Hiram, GA; one sister, Martha Jones of Birmingham; three brothers, Jerry Ward of Birmingham, Jan (Renee) Ward of Atlanta, and Fred Ward of Birmingham; two granddaughters, Madison Wilder and Jasmine Oden; Godson Silas Alexander, IV; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.


Services entrusted to W.E. Lusain Funeral Home of Birmingham, Alabama. 

Posted by Eileen Watson on July 19, 2020
Wow, I'm just finding out that my dear cousin and friend is no longer here. I was calling...just knowing all was good with her new heart....we had so many talks and laughter. I will never forget when she came to Nebraska and stayed for a week...alot of fun from the first time we met. My prayers and condolences to her husband & children .
Posted by Johnathan Holston on July 6, 2020
I wish that we had a chance to spend more time together, I only have fond memories of you. You will definitely be missed on this earth, but I have no doubt that you will be present in spirit. Rest well Auntie.
Posted by Michael Twum on July 6, 2020
Mrs. Carrie,

I am still in disbelief that you are no longer here with us. I am truly thankful to know you and for you and your family to welcome me in like family.
Posted by Ethelda Bradley on July 6, 2020
To the Holston family, sending my prayers and condolences to you. May God grant you peace at your time of bereavement.
Posted by Yvonne Brakefield Knowles on July 6, 2020
Mike - please accept my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. You and your family are in my daily thoughts. Carrie was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Posted by HarriettLovely HOLSTON on July 6, 2020
How Precious in the eyes of God is the Death of his Saints!
Love, Dock, Sr, Harriet,Johnathan,Dock,Jr
Posted by Kimberly Latimore on July 6, 2020
Ms. Carrie had the most gentle calming spirit that drew you in. Her beautiful smile was engaging. I fondly recall our conversations over Kappa Silhouette business. I could depend on Ms. Carrie to objectively listen to a situation and provide wise counsel. I will miss Ms. Carrie’s smile and kind spirit. Rest well my dear Silhouette Sister.

Posted by Dionne Strong on July 6, 2020
Carrie you will be Truly Missed! I can't help but to think and laugh about the last time that I saw you, Nikki and Maddie and we went to get ice and we all forgot about the ice and it melted in the trunk of your car. LOL, I will forever be grateful for the light that you shined on others. To the Family Carrie will never be forgotten.
Love you all,
Dee Dee
Posted by James Holston on July 6, 2020
Aunt Carrie, I will so miss your strength and love. You were always loving, classy and welcoming. There are life lessons you taught us all just by how you carried yourself and I for one am grateful! Thank you for the real life example of grace! From Mary, Kaleb, Camille, Corryn and I we love you and we miss you!

Uncle Mike, Terry, Brandon, Nikki, we love you!
Posted by George Williams on July 6, 2020
Carrie, I will miss your warmth, kindness, wit and intelligence. I'm grateful
to have known you this short time, and I will miss your wonderful smile and sweet spirit. I know You are in God's Good Care.

To the family, you have my prayers, now and always.

Your friend.
George Williams
Smyrna, GA
Posted by Beverly White on July 6, 2020
Your light will forever burn!

The Silhouettes
Of the Carrollton Douglasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Georgia
Posted by Jerome Holston on July 5, 2020
Aunt Carrie, you were truly one of a kind. In my earliest memories of you, I can always remember being so amazed by you. You were always one of the most beautiful women I knew. You were funny, charming, witty, smart, and so much more. You were my idea of what every mother and wife aspired to be. Thank you for loving me, but most importantly, thanks for the love that you provided everyday to Uncle Mike, Terry, Brandon, Nicole, and even Tiny and Plummie. You were truly filled with so much love and compassion for others. Though I wish I had done it sooner, I look forward to learning more about your life and you as a person. Love you always.
Posted by Michelle Stubbs on July 4, 2020
Carrie you were such a beautiful soul. Always smiling. You will be truly missed. Praying for your family during this time. RIP my classmate.
Posted by Janice Baskin Berry on July 4, 2020
Carrie was my neighbor in West Goldwire Estates. She graduated from the same high school as myself, and as an adult....we messaged each other on FB. She was a smart, lovable, mature and beautiful. I am so darn proud that I even knew of such a person like this special lady!
Posted by Marty Pinkston on July 3, 2020
I will always be grateful for Carrie's friendship. She was the epitome of grace and always had a big, beautiful smile. I was able to visit her in March just before hospitals were closed to visitors. We had lunch together and just enjoyed each other. Carrie fought so hard over the months to stay with us, and her faith never waivered. Rest in Heaven, my dear friend. Always in my heart.

Marty Pinkston
Atlanta, GA
Posted by Kiya Lewis on July 3, 2020
I am so happy that I was able to make memories with you auntie, from the videos calls, phone calls, recipes, advice, support and so much more.. your smile is priceless and I will forever remember ur smile. I will never say goodbye to you but I will however look forward to seeing you again one day! Uncle Mike and children, aunties family.. my condolences to each of you.. I Love each of you!
Posted by Glenda Sams on July 3, 2020
Carrie, you will always have a place in my heart. Your friendship was like no other. I will miss you and love you always. I am so glad that you came into my life. Rest peacefully at home with the Father.

God Bless You,
Glenda and Fa
Posted by Lusain Memorial on July 3, 2020
This morning I just wanted to share this story with you and Carrie's love ones. My dear friend Carrie will always be special in my heart. Carrie and I met in 2006 at a Kappa event. Right away Carrie and I realized that we had a lot of things in common. We shared recipes, sewing activities and stories about how we met our Kappa man. Carrie was not only smart, she was pretty, loving, had an awesome laugh , she was also sweet and she would even give you the shoes off her feet. Carrie had one very special love at the top of her list and that would be little "Mattie"and then of course Mike and the rest of her children. In spite of Carrie's illness , she found time to come to my home and we made little shirts and dresses (Global Impact Project for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority) for the needy children on the island of Haiti. Yesterday , I received these videos and pictures of the happy children in their new clothes. If Carrie was here , she would say, "God bless the children"!!!!

We love you Carrie, may you rest in peace from your dear friend & Silhouette Sister Betty "BJ"Jones♦️
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Posted by LaSondra Holston-Hill on July 2, 2020
Dearest Aunt Carrie, thank you for all of your love and guidance. I'm going to miss your laugh & your smile. Thank you for letting us love you & thank you for allowing us one last happy memory with you. You're forever in my heart and I'll love you always. May we meet again.

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Posted by Eileen Watson on July 19, 2020
Wow, I'm just finding out that my dear cousin and friend is no longer here. I was calling...just knowing all was good with her new heart....we had so many talks and laughter. I will never forget when she came to Nebraska and stayed for a week...alot of fun from the first time we met. My prayers and condolences to her husband & children .
Posted by Johnathan Holston on July 6, 2020
I wish that we had a chance to spend more time together, I only have fond memories of you. You will definitely be missed on this earth, but I have no doubt that you will be present in spirit. Rest well Auntie.
Posted by Michael Twum on July 6, 2020
Mrs. Carrie,

I am still in disbelief that you are no longer here with us. I am truly thankful to know you and for you and your family to welcome me in like family.
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Shared by Beverly White on July 6, 2020
Silhouette Carrie Holston will be sorely missed by the Carrollton Douglasville Kappa Silhouettes. She was a faithful servant, not only to her local chapter, serving a term as President, but she also served regionally as the Southeast region Treasurer, until she had to step aside due to her illness. Always willing to serve in the earthly realm, she has now accepted the highest calling of service. Beverly White, CDAC Silhouettes of GA.

Slap at the Airport

Shared by Leander Holston on July 3, 2020
I remember one year flying into Atlanta airport to visit Mike and Carrie. They had called me to let me know they were in the area and I had gathered my luggage and was waiting outside the terminal. I was looking left and right for either the car, or for Mike or Carrie. Suddenly, from behind me I felt a 'love tap' on my right cheek. Upon turning immediately in that direction, there was Carrie, grinning from ear to ear while saying "looking for us?". Then she grabbed me and gave me a big hug! That was Carrie always, fun, playful, caring. We miss her smile and her wise cracks (she had sarcasm down to a science). Memories we will cherish forever.