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Pennie Elaine Cornelius was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pennie blessed this earth on January 21st 1957, the fourth child of Elease Cornelius and the late Ivory Cornelius.  At an early age she fell in love with Jesus, the first love of her life.  At age 8, she was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  At the age of 16 she lost her father, Ivory Cornelius and deepened her relationship and walk with Jesus.  Pennie attended Dudley High School graduating in 1975. She continued her education by attending Oakwood University, in Huntsville AL.  As a student she also worked as a colporteur. She sold books to pay her way through college and even earned enough to help others with their tuition. She never lost her love for books and reading about her wonderful friend, Jesus.    She lived with Dr. Francis Bliss, an education professor at Oakwood, University.  In 1977, Dr. Bliss had problems with her roof.  She called Ellis Baptiste, a local carpenter, to fix the problem.  Mr. Baptiste sent Mr. Richard A. Holder to fix the roof.  He was also a student at Oakwood University.  While Richard was working hard on the roof, Pennie caught his eye, and in 1979, two years later, Pennie Cornelius became Mrs. Pennie Cornelius Holder; when she married the second love of her life, Richard Holder.   Pennie graduated with a degree in General Studies June 6th of 1982. She later found her calling in helping others and pursued and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1982.  Richard and Pennie moved to London, England for a life dedicated to serving others. In 1985 they started a family with the birth of their first child, Daniel, soon followed by Nathaniel.  She spent her days playing with her boys, climbing trees, and riding bikes, and her nights working as a nurse.  After ten years of fun with the boys, the Holders were blessed with two precious daughters, Hadassah and Candace.    As a dynamic duo, Pennie and Richard impacted the lives of many, especially young people. Pennie was known by her beautiful quick smile and her joyful and kind disposition.  Family and friends were her passion and delight.  She was a preacher's wife for 35 years, until Richard's untimely passing in 2012. Pennie was a faithful wife and mother, she spent hours each day reading her bible and praying for her children, family and friends.   Although the Greensboro native never sought the spotlight, preferring more behind-the-scenes roles, Pennie had her own unique ministry as she made an impact on everyone she met, spreading words of inspiration, wisdom and love.   Pennie wanted everyone she met to know her friend and Savior, Jesus. Pennie moved back to Greensboro, North Carolina to be with her loving family.  She spent the final years of life with her mother, sisters, daughters, and child hood friends.  She spent her days reading her bible, walking, spreading the Good News, and gardening.  She passed away on Saturday February 17, 2018, leaving this world peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family. She leaves behind to continue her legacy, her mother, Elease Cornelius, her children, Daniel (Salina), Nathaniel, Hadassah, Candace and Bintia Maeva Piron (Hugues), and her granddaughters, Abigail and Grace. Her brothers, Frederick, and Steve Cornelius, her sisters, Denise Cornelius Foster (Roy), Linda Jones (Stephen), Shelia Cornelius, Kathy Cornelius Taylor (Reginald), 14 nieces and nephews, and a host of aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. A service honoring her life will be held at East Market Street Seven Day Adventist Church; 1804 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 on Friday, February, 23, 2018. The visitation will begin at 11:30 am and the service will follow at 12:00 pm. The interment will take place following the service at Lakeview Memorial Park: 3600 N Ohenry Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27405.

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    To the Holder Family, May God comfort you during this time. We, and the Philadelphia SDA church family are praying for you.
    ~ Pastor Michael & Mrs. Selita Harpe   Huntsville, AL
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    So sorry for your loss.  During this difficult time, find comfort in God's thrilling promise found at Revelation 21: 3, 4 to soon wipe out every tear from our eyes, for death to be no more , and no more pain these things will be done away.  Knowing this promise I hope wiil give you the strength to endure.
    ~ Oliver
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    To Denise and Family Members, Our hearts are sadden by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love You, Kay
    ~ Kay Hooper   GREENSBORO, NC
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. It is always painful to lose a loved one. I too have lost many dear ones to death. In the Lord’s prayer. Jesus says at Matthew chapter 6, verse 10: ‘Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.’ I find this comforting because nowhere in the Bible is sickness or death mentioned as occurring in heaven; hence, I look forward to seeing God’s will for the earth to be carried out just as it is in heaven. Then we can be reunited with our loved, and enjoy life on earth forever as Almighty God Jehovah purposed from the beginning. [Psalm 37:29] I sincerely hope that these words serve as some comfort to you at this time.
    ~ Irene
  • Friday, March 09, 2018
    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear love one. May you find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon eliminate such pain and suffering by means of his kingdom (Psalms 46:1,7). For more comforting words go to JW.org (search comfort).
    ~ Dorothy