Hollis Joseph Hamilton Crittendon

February 26, 2019

Hollis Joseph Hamilton Crittendon, 33, of Charlotte, NC passed away on February 26, 2019, after fighting a courageous battle with addiction. Hollis’ kind energy and focus to help others was evidenced by the close relationships he built with his family and friends. Hollis was a leader in the recovery community, helping many people in Charlotte, California, and in between, successfully overcome the disease from which he, himself, suffered. He was an avid traveler, a curious thinker, and a spiritual individual, who was most at ease taking in the outdoors or chasing his niece and nephews. He will be greatly missed by the many people who loved him. He is survived by his parents, Holly and Burr Crittendon; his sister, Havlin Crittendon, and his brother, Burrell Crittendon and wife, Hillary and their three children.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Oxford Hall at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place in Charlotte. The family will receive friends at Choices for Recovery, 200 Queens Rd., for a reception following the service.

The Crittendon family has created a foundation in Hollis' memory that will support people struggling with addiction by providing financial assistance for treatment. Donations may be made at this website bit.ly/hollis-crittendon, or checks may be mailed to the “Hollis Hope Scholarship for Recovery” fund at 417 South Sharon Amity, Suite C, Charlotte NC 28211.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Ana Garcia

    Holllis was a dear friend of mine! We worked tirelessly together helping many families and individuals struggling with the pain of their addiction.

    He was the kindest person I had ever met and one of the most spiritual as well. He will never be forgotten and was loved by many. I loved him dearly. My heart is broken for his family and especially for his nieces and nephews that he loved so dearly.

    He was a precious soul and I will
    never forget the gift of his friendship and his kindness. He was a light, a beacon of hope, for so many in the throes of their addiction. I love you Hollis and will miss you dearly- and I will never forget all the love and light you imparted to me and countless others..
    Rest now, my friend , you will always be loved- Ana

  • Pepper Hair

    While I do not know your family, I want to tell you how saddened I was to read about your son’s death. I really respect and appreciate your courage in mentioning his addiction in his obituary. It is vital in the fight against addiction that we be able to talk about how prevalent it is. My own family has several addicts currently and a generational history of addiction .
    Your son sounds like he was a wonderful person and that he made his mark on the world, helping others.
    May he rest in peace.

  • George Schwab

    My family was saddened to learn of Hollis’s death. We remember him well from his high school lacrosse days at Latin. He was a great competitor, a good teammate and an excellent goalie. Our prayers are with him and the Crittendon family.

  • Stuart Bonner

    I'm very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed competing against Hollis in youth sports and some in high school. He was always nice to me and I enjoyed my times with him in Charlotte and at Woodberry. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Mollie Greenig

    Sending my deepest sympathies to the Crittendon family! I can only imagine what a difficult loss this is for your family. He was an amazing young man and has left a positive footprint in the recovering comunity.

  • Barbara Hazlett

    Burr, I met you only briefly recently when my husband and I were looking at a Cotswold property we were interested in, and at that time you were helping your son move out of it and move to Asheville. I didn’t realize the situation at the time, but want to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your precious handsome son. It sounds like he helped others in their recovery, so he leaves behind a legacy of his compassion. I hope your memories of times that were peaceful and fun will sustain you through your grief. Kind regards, Barbara Hazlett

  • Gary Kaufman

    My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Crittendon family. Deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Barbara Woods

    Holly and Burr
    My heart is heavy. You may recall I was the ceo of Casa Palmera when Hollis was there. We kept in sporadic contact. I only just learned of the memorial tomorrow or would have flown to Charlotte . I’m grateful for the time he had in recovery and mourn the loss of one so loving and special with so much left to do. I am in Dallas now. I will keep you and family in my prayers . I’m so so sorry for your loss. Barb Woods

  • Donnie Daugherty

    It is a very sad time to hear of the death of Hollis. He was such a fine young man, working so hard to help others. I feel blessed that I knew him and heard him talk about his fine work. What a loss to all who know and love him. He will be sorely missed. I offer you, his family my sympathy, my good thoughts of Hollis and prayers to sustain you in your loss.

  • B. Dale Saufley

    I met Hollis at an addiction recovery service where I taught tai chi. He was a lovely, caring man. Condolences to the family - my brief encounters with your son, brother, uncle and friend will be remembered forever.

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