Verl Steven Holder

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Verl Steven Holder was a very kind and generous man. He was born in Columbus, Ohio (no wonder he was such a Buckeye’s fan) on December 28, 1955 and transitioned on March 25, 2023. He is preceded in death by his parents: Barbara L. (formerly Holder) Wilson and Verl Holder, Loving Wife Vanessa Miller Holder, Daughter Stephanie Miller Holder, brother Lawrence Michael Holder, and sister Jennifer L. Wilson.

Steve or Stevie as many would call him was a very gifted multi-talented man. He played various instruments including base guitar, drums, harmonica and piano. His love for music led to him creating his own studio in his multi-use basement.

He loved working with his hands and he was not afraid to get them dirty. He held positions as an independent contractor in bricklaying, construction and landscaping. He also worked as a painter on many major projects throughout the city of Columbus and in other nearby states.

Something that he loved and was rather superb at was gardening. He had a very large garden that included various vegetables and even a couple rows of grapevines. His knowledge of plants and gardening was extensive, and he was meticulous about it as well. Stevie’s expansive palette for food made him a great cook, a lot of which he learned from his late mother Barbara Wilson. He also credited his Mother for his love of antiques. His collection was so beautiful it had a well-deserved room in the basement. However, the collection was large enough that even with an antique room, pieces graced the first floor of his home as well.

Being the third of nine children it was no surprise that he was a family man. When other family units would breakdown, he was always there to welcome them with open arms. He welcomed other children and even adults into his home who were in need; this included family, friends and neighbors alike. He did not want you out in the cold; stray cats and dogs included. He often gave money and food from his own garden to anyone who was in need.

The great memories will stay with us forever. A father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many. He touched many lives and will be missed very much.

He leaves behind memories that will forever be cherished by his four children: Jamaica Newbern, Lawanta Miller, Verl S Holder, Jr., and Jennifer Miller. Brothers and sisters: Markus J. (Glenda) Holder, Sharon L. (David) Lane, Jeffery L. (Linda) Wilson, Alicia A. (Jesse) Ware, Earnest J. (Maria) Wilson III, and Christopher A. Wilson, as well as four grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation 11:00 PM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Monday, April 3, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

Interment Evergreen Cemetery.

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  1. Mrs Rozalind Broomfield

    I am so glad that I was able to give Stevie a big hug and kiss recently. He was such a sweet person that always had a smile on his face. I will remember that smile and the good times always. My sincerest condolences to the all the family.

  2. My cousin Stevie was
    always there for me
    whenever I was in need
    of a place to stay, he always made room for
    me, a very kind soul. RIP
    Stevie, you are loved &
    will be missed.

  3. Stevie was a very caring gifted man. He had the biggest green thumb. He could make anything grow. I will miss his cute smile and sweet voice. RIP Stevie! Prayers for the family.

  4. I will ALWAYS remember my Cousin, Stevie, for his GREAT LOVE of music & dance; especially ALL the fun filled JAM sessions we shared singing, dancing, laughing, etc., over the years in his Acoustic Studio down in the basement & also in his backyard. With Agape Love.❤️

  5. The main thing I will ALWAYS remember about my Cousin Stevie is his LOVE for music & dance. I will FOREVER treasure ALL the fun times we shared singing, dancing, laughing, etc., in his Acoustic Studio & also in his backyard when he lived on Berrell. With Agape Love, Cous Deb ❤️ xo

  6. Quintin Moore

    My cousin Steve although I barely got a chance to experience all the great things I could’ve learned from him makes me almost feel not apart of the FAMILY I know I’m extremely late but I literally just found out I’m Quintin Cynthia’s only Son I have nothing but love in my heart for all Houston’s Holder’s Fain’s whomever came from any of my Grandmother Amelia Houston Fain’s siblings RIH cousin Steve I really wish I would’ve knew you more then I did with love and condolences your lil big cousin Quintin Moore

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