Granville Leroy ‘Bozie’ Holston, 91

Granville Leroy “Bozie” Holston, 91, of Millsboro, Del., passed away in the care of Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on June 28, 2018. He was born on Aug. 2, 1926, to the late William and Sadie Holston in Lewes, Del. He was the last of five children, also preceded in death by his four siblings.

Holston was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, worked in the propane industry and was a yard supervisor for Collins & Ryan Propane Gas Company.

Holston was a renowned fixture of the town of Millsboro and a local hero for several reasons. Foremost, he served for 66 years in the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company and more than 40 years with the VFW Ambulance Squad.

He was a central figure in controlling a massive propane leak in the early 1970s that threatened to devastate the greater part of Millsboro. He and many other men got the leak under control and saved many lives. He was known to be wonderful to have around when tragedy struck in any neighborhood of Millsboro. All the while, he remained a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Holston is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Irene, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage and raised two daughters, Peggy Holston Harrelson of St. Mary’s, Georgia, and Judy Lee Hall of Millsboro. He is also survived by six grandchildren and their families, Julia Messick Verbanic and her husband, Steve, (and their children, Christina, Julius, Lauren and Kaitlin), Pamela Lynn Shockley and her husband, Jeff, (and their children, Bo and Paige), Kevin Allen Hall and his wife, Janice, G.G. Messick and his wife, Kristina, (and their child, Delana), Curtis Edward Hall and his wife, Heather, (and their children, Kenzie and Kylee), and Emily Messick Pettyjohn and her husband, David, (and their children, Rylee and Cale); a brother-in-law, Albert Quillen, and his wife, Nancy; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his extended family; and many, many friends across Sussex County and in the Delaware fire service.

A viewing and funeral service were to be held July 1, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., including conferral of fire department honors by Fire Chaplain Robert Hudson and fellow firefighter and retired state police Capt. Lynn Bullock. Interment was to follow, in Millsboro Cemetery, with the conveying his casket on the 1937 Antique REO fire truck from Station 83.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the Millsboro Fire Co.; P.O. Box 83; Millsboro, DE 19966, or Carey’s Camp, c/o Donna Anderson; 24814 Bethesda Rd.; Georgetown, DE 19947, or Grace U.M. Church; PO Box 566; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at