By Ralphine Major
“I honestly made the “Happiness Abounding” shirt for myself to get through yesterday and to honor Angela Easterday Holder. One day at a time.” Those words came from Sarah Beth Crabtree of Crabtree Creations last May shortly after we lost Angela. Soon, people all over the church could be seen wearing the bright red shirt with white lettering. The shirt with Angela’s words was a wonderful way to honor her, and I had to have one. Sarah Beth’s design looks cheerful, just like the person the shirt memorializes.
“The intent of this shirt and design is to honor the memory of Dr. Angela Holder and to remind us of her never-ending optimism and joy in Christ.” Sarah Beth said. “If there are any proceeds made from the sale of this design, they will be donated in her memory to her beloved Wallace Memorial Baptist Church where she tirelessly served to honor her Savior,” Sarah Beth added. Focus readers may recall last spring when the Carson-Newman Music Chair and Professor passed away suddenly.
But a simple red tee shirt is helping the music professor’s memory live on. “I was deeply touched by the work Sarah Beth did, and I was touched by the overwhelming response people had to it,” Tim Holder said about the shirt honoring his late wife. “People have been such a blessing.”
Angela was truly an inspiration to those who knew her. Her impact was far-reaching, her talent amazing, and her sweet spirit immeasurable! A special shirt. A special lady. A special message: “happiness abounding.” What better words to live by than those the music professor left for us. Angela is still inspiring us all!