David Ed Holden took out the permit to build this house in 1957. “For his entire working life he served as manager of Southside Homes,” noted his funeral program. Located on South Tryon Street, Southside Homes was built in 1952 as one of Charlotte’s public housing developments. His wife Gladys was a school teacher who helped open York Road School adjacent to Southside Homes in 1955, then worked through its transitions from a Junior High to a High School to a Junior High again, renamed Robert F. Kennedy Junior High.
David Ed Holden (died 12.14.2003) hailed from Wilson, a tobacco town in eastern North Carolina. He came to Charlotte to attend Johnson C. Smith University and never left. He became a life member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and he “served dutifully as an Elder,” his funeral program noted, at First United Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlotte, closely affiliated with JCSU.
It was at JCSU that he met a Charlotte girl, Norma Yongue (died 18.104.22.1680). She had grown up in First United Presbyterian and set her sights on being a teacher. After graduating from Smith in the class 1948, she went on to earn Masters at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro. In addition to her career in the classroom at York Road School, she took pleasure in membership in Delta Sigma theta Sorority and the Thirteen-ettes Social Club.
Ranch style house, one-story in red brick under a gable roof. The original owner added the rear carport in 1961.