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“Priscilla, so sad for your loss. I pray for Jesus to comfort you during this temporary absence of the presence of your husband. You will meet again....Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy Willeford - HOUSTON, TX

“Mary Jane and Mike....So sorry for your loss. Your family holds a special place in my heart from childhood......from sleepovers, birthday parties,...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Missy Sizemore - Kingsport, TN

“Patty, I was so sorry to read of your husband's death yesterday.Please know that Elaine and I have you and your family in our prayers.Bill ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Bill Simpson - Charleston, SC

“I had the pleasure of working with Jim at GEL for over 10 years. He was a great resource as a chemist and industrial hygienist especially for someone...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Putney - Charleston, SC

“It was a True Honor and Blessing to have worked with Jim at GEL Engineering for over a decade. In our commitment to protect the health and safety of...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Ron Sharpe - Summerville, SC

“I’m a builder and Jim helped me get through a tough mold problem in a house we built in Mt Pleasant about 15 years ago. Mighty fine man he was. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Rick Mullin - Acquaintance

“It was my pleasure to be Jimmy's fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary In Kingsport. He was a hard -worker and a good citizen always helping...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Anna Dickisom - Kingsport, TN

“I had the pleasure of being Jimmy's fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary. He was a very hard working child. He always was a good citizen who...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Anna Dickison - Kingsport, TN

“Prayers and condolences for Jim's family. Jim was smart, kind, experienced and, most of all, very determined to do the best job possible. I remember...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Jack Fanning - Charleston, SC

“So very sorry for your loss. I have many fun memories growing up as backdoor neighbors! Jim always kept Mary Jane and me laughing when I'd be at...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Celia Beckler Johnson - Gray, TN

“I'm sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the wonderful memories you all created help you find peace during...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Terri Shannon - Charleston, SC

“I had the great pleasurer of working with Jim for many years at GEL Engineering. He was one of the smartest, but more importantly nicest guys I know...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Posda - Charleston, SC

“Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Baskin - Charleston, SC

“We will always cherish the fun times we had together through the years. What a fun, crazy bunch to be with! You will always be part of our family and...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Amy & Jack Boyles - Kingsport, TN


James Robert Holtzclaw, age 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 11, 2020, in Charleston, SC, following a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Jim was born on June 2, 1954, in Johnson City, TN, to parents Bob and Betsy Holtzclaw. He attended Dobyns-Bennett High School, graduated from Furman University with a degree in chemistry, and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from George Washington University in 1986. He and his wife Priscilla met at Furman and married in 1977 in Greenville, SC. They lived in Washington, DC, and Palm Harbor, FL, before settling in Charleston in 1989. Jim worked for The GEL Group for 25 years as an environmental chemist before retiring in 2015.

Jim was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon. He sang in the choir and played handbells there for many years. Jim always loved music and played trombone in the Furman University marching band. He loved being on the water, both on a boat and on skis. Whether telling stories about favorite memories or playing with his grandkids, spending time with his family was his favorite activity.

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Priscilla Holtzclaw of Charleston, SC; his son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Tia Holtzclaw of Irmo, SC; his daughter and son-in-law, Molly and Kevin Griggs, of Charleston, SC; his son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Deb Holtzclaw, of Bethesda, MD; his sister, Mary Jane Alley, of Kingsport, TN; his brother, Mike Holtzclaw, of Kingsport, TN; his six grandchildren, Charlotte, Katie, and John Griggs, Zoe and Kosti Holtzclaw, and Noah Holtzclaw; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A private funeral service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church with his family. The family would like to thank Ashley Gardens Memory Care, Roper Hospice, and Jettica Carter for their loving care and support. Memorials in his honor may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1157 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407.

To view the funeral service video please visit the following: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/LY52KB6D48N2SL4Y

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com

Arrangements by J Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, SC 29414.