Havelock woman goes bald for a friend

Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 09:44 PM.

Holman knows her daughter got the message, as she too wanted to shave her head, but her mother put the brakes on that.

Holman said her compassion for other people comes in large part from her association with an old Marine named Carl Barrier, who passed away in 2012 at age 85.

Holman used to prepare meals for the World War II, Korea and Vietnam veteran who was among the earliest stationed at Cherry Point. Barrier repaid her by buying her family a new stove when it broke down.

“Carl would go around in the city of Havelock at Christmas time and we would buy all the X-boxes, all the PlayStations, and all the new gear and all the biggest toys that you could ever imagine and we would go and fill up a cart and we’d check out spending $15,000 at Walmart,” Holman said. “We would go out and give all that away. We’d go out to lunch at Bojangles and the cashier would get an X-Box. That’s what we did.

“The whole time I ever knew Carl, Carl gave. Carl’s bought people cars here in Havelock. There was a lady who had a yard sale for her daughter who had a tumor here in Havelock. Carl wrote here a check for $25,000 and paid for her daughter’s surgery. Carl was incredible. He didn’t live for himself. He lived for other people. At his funeral, there were perhaps 12 people there. That’s when it struck me that I don’t think anybody ever knew his name. He did all these things and I don’t think anybody ever knew who he was.”

Holman has started a page on Facebook called “Carl’s Kindness” to help remember Barrier for his good deeds.

“I wanted people to see his love and his kindness and his compassion through me, because I saw it and I knew it and I’m going to share it with the world,” she said.

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