Duncan Arthur Hollar
by Matthew Gorry
Duncan Arthur Hollar
Duncan Arthur Hollar, of Lewisburg WV, died on Thursday, Nov. 29 of a massive brain aneurysm that occurred suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 27. He was 62 years old. His wife of 35 years, Lorrie J. Sprague, son Logan Arthur Sprague Hollar, daughter Teresa Morgan Hollar, and granddaughter Ruby McNeely, are trying to cope with the shock and ask that everyone please respect their need for privacy. In accordance with Duncan’s long-expressed wishes, he was cremated and no traditional religious services will be held. The family hopes to hold a Lewisburg gathering in Duncan’s honor at some time in early January. A similar gathering will be held in late December in North Carolina.
Born in Winston-Salem, NC, he was the son of Gorrell and Helen Hollar, of Boonville, NC. He is survived by his mother, Helen, brother Mark, and sisters Pam and Jennifer. Many extended family members include aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as Lorrie’s parents, Ben and Jean Sprague of Medina, Ohio and her sisters Lynne and Lonna, and brother Larry.
Duncan was a retired National Park Service ranger who worked at several NPS sites across America: Guilford Courthouse NHP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cuyahoga Valley NRA, Sequoia-Kings NP, Everglades NP, Yosemite NP and New River Gorge NR. In 2003, he received the Harry Yount National Park Ranger of the Year award. He was widely respected for his integrity, kindness and good humor. In Lewisburg, he volunteered as a Cub Scout den leader for five years, a youth basketball coach and league coordinator for three years, and videographer for the boys’ soccer team at Greenbrier East for four years. In retirement, he worked part-time as a tutor at the Tutoring Center in Lewisburg, was a volunteer trail maintainer for a nine-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in the Wind Rock area of Virginia, and was an Adopt-A-Highway volunteer on Stonehouse Road along the Greenbrier River near Lewisburg.
Duncan was an avid reader, always sharing books and articles with family and friends. An amazing amateur naturalist who especially loved bird-watching, he recently started beekeeping and earlier this fall harvested honey from his first hive. He loved hiking and bicycling on rail-trails with his family and friends. He took his last bike ride on the Greenbrier River Trail on Thanksgiving Day with Lorrie, and their last hike together was Nov. 25th on the Anthony Creek trail in the Monongahela NF. Anyone wishing to honor Duncan’s memory may make contributions to: the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (304-535-6331x119; appalachiantrail.org/donate; ATC, PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425); the Greenbrier County Public Library (304-647-7568; 152 Robert W. McCormick Dr., Lewisburg , WV 24901); or the Tutoring Center ( 304-645-1877; PO Box 1152, Lewisburg, WV 24901).
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