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Rev. Dr. Donald Chamberlain Holness Sr.

by DFH Inc. on 10/02/18

Rev. Dr. Donald Chamberlain Holness Sr., 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Jefferson City Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Bronx, New York, but as an infant migrated to Jamaica in the British West Indies and returned to the United States as a young man. His primary and secondary education was received in the British West Indies. He attended Stones College in New Haven, Connecticut, earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Bachelor of Theology from Baltimore College of the Bible, a Bachelor of Law from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a doctorate (Ph.D.), also from Columbia.

He served in the armed forces as a combat fighter pilot, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Dr. Holness served as a pastor of Baptist churches in Southampton, New York City, Tarrytown, Syracuse, Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Yonkers, New York. Later, he served in Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, Lexington, Tobaccobille, and Spencer, North Carolina. His last pastoral charge was at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church in Morristown, where he served from July 1999 until his retirement as a full time pastor in 2003.

Until his health began to decline, Dr. Holness was very active in the Hamblen County community as an active member of his church, member and founder of Union of Churches Ministerial Alliance, member og the Reunion of Ages, President of the NAACP, and member of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Donald Holness, Jr., and Charles (Shelley) Holness; brother-in-law, George (Janie) Richmond; special cousin, Cassandra Osborne; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church, with funeral services to follow. Burial will be Monday, Oct. 8 at Hamblen Memory Gardens at 10 a.m. with full military honors Rev. Dr. Donald Chamberlain Holness Sr., 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Jefferson City Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Bronx, New York, but as an infant migrated to Jamaica in the British West Indies and returned to the United States as a young man. His primary and secondary education was received in the British West Indies. He attended Stones College in New Haven, Connecticut, earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Bachelor of Theology from Baltimore College of the Bible, a Bachelor of Law from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a doctorate (Ph.D.), also from Columbia.

He served in the armed forces as a combat fighter pilot, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Dr. Holness served as a pastor of Baptist churches in Southampton, New York City, Tarrytown, Syracuse, Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Yonkers, New York. Later, he served in Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, Lexington, Tobaccobille, and Spencer, North Carolina. His last pastoral charge was at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church in Morristown, where he served from July 1999 until his retirement as a full time pastor in 2003.

Until his health began to decline, Dr. Holness was very active in the Hamblen County community as an active member of his church, member and founder of Union of Churches Ministerial Alliance, member og the Reunion of Ages, President of the NAACP, and member of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Donald Holness, Jr., and Charles (Shelley) Holness; brother-in-law, George (Janie) Richmond; special cousin, Cassandra Osborne; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church, with funeral.


Comments (2)

1. Alma Sumler said on 10/3/18 - 05:25PM
I was sorry to read about the loss of your dear loved one. The bible gives us hope of seeing them again in the promised resurrection according to these scriptures [John 5:28-29] and [Acts 24:15]. We find further hope in scriptures such as [Isaiah 25:8] and [Revelations 21:3-5] which says in part that Jehovah God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, because God will swallow up death forever. I hope these scriptures will be of some comfort. Sincere Condolences.
2. Reverends Wayne & Andrea Purcel said on 10/7/18 - 06:55AM
We were saddened to hear of the passing of a great soldier in the army of the Lord! His great gifts and talents will never be forgotten. We are praying for his family, Sis. Dorothy Webster Holness and other family members. We pray that the words from Revelation 21:4 will be of comfort “earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.”


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