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Col. William Holstine Jr. (USAF Ret.), 79, of Pinehurst died Monday [Oct. 28, 2002] at his home.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Pinehurst United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve McElroy officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held on Friday at noon at the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Col. Holstine was born in Danville, Ill. on Nov. 30, 1922 to the late William and Mary Wintersteen Holstine Sr. He served his country in the Marine Corps during World War II. Following the war, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, where he retired as a full colonel. He married the former Nora Bailey in 1975. He was a former school superintendent and was a member of the Marine Raiders, the VFW and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Nora Holstine; two stepsons, Michael Earley of O”Fallon, Ill. and Tom Early of Pinehurst; a stepdaughter, Janet Lofranco of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, Jerry Holstine of Gainesville, Fla.; six step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson.

Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374-8520.

Sandhills Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.