Dr. Henry Holder, a former resident of San Bernardino is being called compassionate and caring by people who knew him well. Dr. Holder passed away in early July at the age of 86 in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he lived.
Charlotte Seymour Hall who worked for him, said he fed the poor and she will remember the kindness he showed people.
“He was a caring doctor, if you had money or not, he was still for us on the Westside,” said Beverly Crayton.
The Holders moved to San Bernardino and when he found that it was such a good place to live, his late parents Horaitio and Nettie Holder moved here as well. He was a licensed general practitioner in San Bernardino for 20 years. Upon his arrival to the city, Dr. Holder became involved in the social and political life of the community. He founded and built Mother Goose Nursery School, started a newspaper The Tribune, with Chauncey Spencer and Charles Seymour and was very involved in the community.
Dr. Holder was married to Belva for 30 years and four daughters were born to this union. Daughter Melanie S. Holder passed away. Joann Parker another employee called him the “Country Doctor who still made house calls.”
Parker said that, he also believed in old-fashioned medicine and explained most medicines have healing properties from plants. He relocated to practice at Martin Luther King Hospital in Kansas City, MO and was there from 1977 to 1985.
Dr. Holder was educated at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C. at Morehouse Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA and a doctorate from Columbia University in New York. He was a firm believer in higher education and strived to do his best in all of his endeavors.
Left to cherish his memory are: daughters Kathy L. Holder, Tamara Holder, and Lori D. Holder all of San Bernardino, CA and from his first marriage to Belva Bynum Holder and daughter Gigi R. Holder and son Henry Holder from his second marriage, to Sharon Deffenbaugh Holder of Fayetteville, Ark.
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