Holly Hamilton Crittendon

October 16, 2019

Holly Hamilton Crittendon, 63, of Charlotte, NC passed away in peace on October 16, 2019. Holly was born on November 15, 1955 and grew up in Greensboro, NC, daughter of the late Joanie & Joe Hamilton. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Burr Crittendon; her daughter, Havlin Crittendon; her son, Burrell Crittendon, his wife Hillary, and their three children. She was preceded in death by her son, Hollis Crittendon.

 Holly attended Salem College, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

Holly will be remembered by many for her zest for life, her appreciation of beauty in this world and her adoring devotion to her children and grandchildren. Her dynamic spirit led her from early years of adventure, traveling the world with dear friends and her father; to busy and fun-loving years as a devoted mother of three children; to more trying times as she and her husband Burr supported their son Hollis through his battle with addiction. Her steadfast support and belief in his abilities allowed him to overcome his disease for seven years, during which time he founded an organization called Choices for Recovery with strong partnership and guidance from his parents. Her honesty with friends, peers and even strangers positioned Holly as a resource to many parents and loved ones struggling with addiction in their families.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place in Charlotte. 

Upon the untimely death of son Hollis, the Crittendon family created a scholarship fund to support people struggling with addiction by providing financial assistance for treatment at Choices for Recovery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made 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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  • Julia Fallon

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of dear Holly. Was a darling girl, I knew her at Salem.
    I am so sorry for your losses.

  • missy.hall735@gmail.com

    I'm so sorry for your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your friend Missy Hall

  • Don Baldwin

    I am so sorry for your loss. Peg and I send our sincere condolences. We are out of town, otherwise I would deliver them in person.

    Don Baldwin

  • Nick and Lauren Conner

    Dear Burr,
    We cannot imagine the pain this week has brought. Know that we are with you in spirit and prayer. Holly brought joy and compassion to everyone; we will miss her. Stay strong. Much love to the family. Nick and Lauren

  • Shirley Perrin Martin

    Deeply saddened to learn that we have lost this dear friend. Holly and I created many many memories together over the years through our childhood, high school, up through college and beyond which will keep me smiling with gratitude and fondness. Sending much love, many good thoughts, and special prayers to the Crittendon family and all of their many friends who share this loss. Shirley, Phil, Philip Jr., and Melaney Martin