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Captain Neil E. Holben - Southport

Captain Neil E. HolbenCapt. Neil Edward Holben, USN, age 73 of Southport died on Wednesday September 21, 2011 at Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

Capt. Holben was born August 10th, 1938 in Chicora, PA to the late Bernard & Esther Holben. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1961 and married Carol Ann Krueger the following year. Captain Holben was an accomplished A4 and A6 aviator as well as a test pilot. He served in the Vietnam War and survived being shot down in the Tonkin Gulf. Captain Holben trained many other aviators and was proud to escort Admiral Hyman Rickover during the sea trials of the USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered supercarrier. Captain Holben wrapped up his Naval career working in SPAWAR and NAVAIR with a concentration in aerospace. After retiring from the Navy he spent another 10 years working in the aerospace industry and in 1998 he and his cherished Carol moved from Virginia to Southport, NC where they thoroughly enjoyed a productive and joyful retired life.

Neil was well known in Southport for his generosity of time, talent and camaraderie. He was a self-taught expert woodworker who created hundreds of pieces of furniture for friends and family and built much of the furnishings for the Cape Fear Yacht Club. He could be spotted nearly every day at his favorite Southport haunts; Dry Street Pub for lunch and American Fish for an evening cocktail. Neil also enjoyed cycling and across all of NC many times during the annual Cycle North Carolina event.

Neil is survived by his wife Carol Krueger Holben, beloved poodle Bonnie, son Scott Holben and his partner Margaret Herald, son Bob Holben and his wife Karin, daughter Ginger Holben Vallaster and her husband Mark, brothers Dean Holben and Larry Holben, sisters Melissa Hieselt and Sandy Sheedy, and three grandchildren; Andrew Vallaster, Chloe Holben and Grace Holben

The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC. Following there will be a service at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

You may send flowers at www.FTD.com.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport

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