Dorcas Bynum Holt

Dorcas Bynum Holt

Dorcas Bynum Holt, 72, of Wilmington, North Carolina, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 30, 2019.

Dorcas was born in Craven County and was raised on the family farm in Maysville, North Carolina. She graduated from Jones Central High School in 1965. Throughout her life, she enjoyed a variety of administrative assistant positions and developed lasting friendships everywhere she worked.

Dorcas was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, and the most loyal friend one was lucky enough to have. She loved her Lord, family, friends, and music, especially Gospel and Beach music. Her family was her greatest blessing and her favorite saying was, “Thank you Jesus!” Dorcas never met a stranger and had a special way of connecting with people from all walks of life and loved making others laugh. She had a zest for life and embraced new adventures. She was well-traveled throughout her life and proud to have visited 46 states in the USA, much of Europe, and The Holy Land.  Dorcas loved spreading the gospel and would rejoice in telling everyone she met about her unwavering love for her Savior. We know that she is happily reunited with many loved ones and is shagging in Heaven.

Dorcas is survived by her daughter Karen Norris of Wilmington, her step-daughter Dawn Hall of Chapel Hill; her sister Janice Bynum, her brother Billy Bynum, and sister-in-law Debbie Bynum, and her brother-in-law Jimmy Gillette; grandsons Andrew and Mason Norris, Connor Hall, and Clay Reynolds; granddaughters Nicole and Brittany Reynolds; as well as several beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dorcas is preceded in death by the love of her life, Dr. Henry F. Holt, her parents William C. and Jessie O. Bynum, her sister Kay Gillette, and step-daughter Donna Holt.

Dorcas loved children and donated to many children’s charities throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a children’s charity of your choice, in honor of Dorcas.

Visitation will take place Sunday, November 3, from 1 PM – 2:30 PM at Strickland Funeral Home located at 211 West 3rd Street, Wendell, North Carolina 27591. Funeral and Entombment services to follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens located at 809 West Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, North Carolina 27597.


  • Charles Wiggins Posted October 31, 2019 5:51 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of Dorcas

  • Barbara Khoury Posted October 31, 2019 6:17 pm

    Karen, please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. It sounds like you had a wonderful mother and friend. Hugs and love for you and your family.

  • Angela Ferrell Posted October 31, 2019 8:14 pm

    Karen I am so Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a very sweet lady. God Bless you and your family.

  • Robin Hart and Betty D. Holmes Posted November 1, 2019 6:41 am

    So sorry for your loss she was a blessing to me and my mom will miss her visits when she would come back to youngsville we loved her so much😥

  • Albert and Bruce Bracey, Carol Bracey Jones Posted November 1, 2019 8:32 am

    Holt and Bynum families, It is with great sadness that we learned of Dorcas’s home going. We remember a beautiful and sweet young lady from our days at Memorial Baptist and through school. Where there is loss there is always an even greater presence of love. Prayers for all.

  • Trudy Paul Posted November 1, 2019 8:36 am

    I am going to miss you sweet lady, you always had a good time and your love for your family and friends will be missed. We have been together many times talking about our familys, Rest In Peace

  • Sandra Findeisen Thomas Posted November 1, 2019 10:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. My condolences to the families. May God embrace you during this period of release. I hold you in the light.

  • Donna Anderson Posted November 1, 2019 10:22 am

    Oh so very sad to hear – I worked with Dorcas on Ft. Bragg for years – she was such a warm, loving lady and friend. So sorry for your loss!!
    Now she is with Henry and her Lord!!

  • Brenda Hill Eubanks Posted November 1, 2019 12:05 pm

    So sorry for the loss of this special lady. I have many fond memories of us playing basketball together in high school. My sincere sympathy to her family members.

  • Jeanne Gardner Fedak Posted November 1, 2019 3:10 pm

    So sorry to hear about DORCAS. YOU ALL will be in our prayers

  • Johnnie and Hildegard Owens and Family Posted November 1, 2019 3:57 pm

    Karen ad Family, We are deeply saddened your mom passed away and shall miss her very much. She was such a vibrant , fun-loving person. Our sincerest sympathy to you and all the family.

  • Johnnie and Hildegard Owens and Family Posted November 1, 2019 4:04 pm

    We are saddened you mom passed away and shall miss her. Heartfelt sympathy to you and all your family.

  • Cleve and Charlotte Provost Posted November 2, 2019 12:05 am

    We were very sorry to hear of your loss. Dorcas was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Karen and your family.

  • Jo Adcock Posted November 2, 2019 5:19 am

    Such a dear sweet woman Dorcas, I will miss our chats and watching the soaps together.

  • Samara Harris Posted November 2, 2019 6:18 am

    Our Condolences to you and your family from the Class of 86..

  • Glenna Butler Posted November 2, 2019 10:55 am

    Kenny and I were saddened by the news of Dorcus’ passing. She was a lovely person who loved God and who let the light of God shine through her. We will miss her smiling face and her beautiful loving personality. May God give peace and healing to her family

  • Diana Davis Posted November 2, 2019 11:12 am

    Ms. Dorcas was always smiling and just a wonderful lady. She will be missed

  • Nell Jones-Pierce Posted November 2, 2019 12:50 pm

    Karen, Billy & Debbie, Janice, & Jimmy lifting up prayers for you during this time of loss. Dorcas loved & was loved by so many who share your loss Her kindness, compassion & warm smile will forever live in our hearts.

  • GINGER NEWTON Posted November 2, 2019 1:36 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your mom,was a dear friend and a wonderful person,will certainly be missed.

  • Jenna Brooks Posted November 2, 2019 5:22 pm

    Thinking of you all during this time of mourning. Dorcas was a beautiful lady and was always very friendly and kind to me. I know how close she was to her daughter and grandsons, and she will be missed!

  • Jackie Messer Posted November 2, 2019 6:25 pm

    Karen, the words spoken about your mom were a perfect description of her. I feel very blessed to have known her and having the adventure of taking her to the Merlefest musical festival one year. I am so sorry for your loss. We will pray for your strength as you travel through your journey of grief and know that she’s always with you. Jackie Messer, Youngsville, NC

  • Berlyn Temple Posted November 3, 2019 1:00 pm

    Simply put one of the finest persons I met in my lifetime…..God loving she practiced kindness to all….She will be sorely missed by all all she touched during her life… in peace Dorcas you will never be forgotten….

  • Ken Jernigan Posted November 3, 2019 5:27 pm

    Karen and Dawn,

    We are sorry for your loss. Your mother was truly the woman spoken of in Proverbs 31. She is once again with Henry….such peace and happiness.

    Ken & Shirley Jernigan

  • Connie Chisholm Posted November 3, 2019 11:31 pm

    Dorcas was one of the kindest, sweetest, and most caring people I have ever known. She was a good friend to me. I’m sorry I was unable to attend her service today. I very much would like to have been there. I know how very dearly she loved het Family and will be praying for you in your loss.

  • Mary Rose Stelly, Monica Stelly and Mark Stelly Posted November 4, 2019 6:13 pm

    Karen and family, please accept our sincere condolences. Our family enjoyed many happy times in Germany with your family! May she rest in Peace.

  • Nancy McCullen Posted December 21, 2019 1:59 pm

    Karen, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Dorcas. She truly was a great friend of mine and my children. I’m sorry I didn’t know about it sooner.

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