Home Going Celebration for the life of Denise Juanita Holman Sunrise March 10th 1954 Sunset November 13th 2020.
Denise Juanita Holman the daughter of the late Henry Isaac Goodman and Faye Juanita Woods Goodman was born on March 10th 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. Denise was a spiritual being and loved her Heavenly Father Jehovah God with her whole heart, mind, and soul.
She was known as a free spirit and a loving, caring person, that would give you the shirt off her back. Denise was the life of the party and family meant so much to her. She was the matriarch of her family.
Denise attended P.S. 200 Middle School in Brooklyn NY. Next she graduated from Dreyfus Junior High in Staten Island. Then she went on to Port Richmond High School in Staten Island where she was a member of the borough wide chorus.
She was very athletic; she played softball, led as the captain of the cheerleading and even won multiple state championship competitions with her cheerleading squad. Denise then went on to college where she received a four-year scholarship to Cortland University. In her later years as an adult she also attended Guilford Technical Community College and N.C State A&T State University.
In 1974, Denise married Timothy Holman. The Union led to one daughter, Tinece Faye Holman. At first doctor’s said they would not have a baby then Timothy and Denise went on a 30 juice fast, and Denise felt that she conceived on the 30th day. Denise dedicated her life to the care of her daughter, teaching her to read at age 3, sewing her custom clothing, and creating a daycare to ensure she had peers to play with. She constantly served her family and even complete strangers at times with food, clothing, and shelter.
Denise, was athletic and intelligent with many exciting hobbies. She was an avid chess player, bowler, pool player, and also had the gift of writing beautiful poems. One of her poems, “The Woman The Rose” was recited to the late Maya Angelou while Denise attended North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University alongside her daughter.
Denise was also an entrepreneur and owned several businesses centered around real estate, tax preparation, professional cleaning, home health care, daycare, and could cook anyone under the table. Since her work ethic was so strong she knew exactly how to celebrate hence Denise's favorite saying was "Celebrate the Holidays of Life as They Fall". She was also adamant about community service and helping others through the companies she created. When others needed help she gave them the tools and jobs to become self-sufficient. If someone was struggling she gave of herself and also taught them how to have their own. She was a complete one stop shop of love.
Her life was spent leading many towards personal success and financial freedom. Her legacy continues through her only child Tinece Payne as she adopted all her mother ever taught her into her non profit Volunteer In Your Community Inc. of which Denise was the first supporter. Denise guided and directed numerous fundraisers and philanthropic efforts through the creation of Stoney Hill Circle Community Garden in Greensboro NC. Her donation of .25 acres to this non profit has helped to grow over 20,000 pounds of food and give away over 100,000 meals to people living in poverty in the Triad since 2008.
Denise passed away November 13th 2020 still in the process of serving others just with her presence at Beacon House Hospice facility. She was preceded in death by her father Henry I Goodman, mother Faye Juanita Goodman, and brother Ronald Perry Woods.
Denise is survived by her daughter Tinece Holman-Payne, son-in-law Ronald Payne, brother Larry Goodman, sister Marsha Morris - husband Timothy, brother Andrew Goodman - wife Jennie, sister-in-law Barbara Woods, and Timothy and Olga Holman .
Denise has five grandchildren; Samiyah Denise Thana Holman, Laylah Coy Cooper-Holman, Timothy Issac Boykin, Ishmael Ibrahim Wallace Payne, and Ronald Henry Payne Jr. Denise also had over 100 nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews from the lineage of the Holman's, Woods', and Goodman's family connections of her husband, and brothers’ children.
The scripture that we are incorporating on this obituary will be Revelation 21: 3-4 which reads:
“With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say look the tent of God is with Mankind and he will reside with them and they will be his people and God himself will be with them and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more the former things have passed away.
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