Remembering Capt. Carrol, a beloved businessman, saltwater fisherman
The late Carrol Holshouser shows off a king mackerel he caught during his days as a charter captain out of Murrells Inlet.
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News
Last Saturday night, after riding out Hurricane Matthew in Zone A in Garden City Beach, I was thinking of the trying period of recovery that I knew lay ahead, thanks to my Hugo experience from 27 years earlier.
Then at 10:19 p.m., my phone rang. I was told that my dad had passed away at a nursing home in Socastee, just five months after a heart-valve replacement surgery had gone awry.
In his final days, Carrol Holshouser was a shadow of himself, bed-ridden and suffering from dementia. Since his death, my family and I have found it appropriate he left this life during a hurricane, which are a very real part of life on the South Carolina coast that he so loved and embraced.
With his wife of 57 years, Jane, at his side, Carrol took on life like a whirlwind, a non-stop bundle of energy that enabled him to wear many hats – that of a captain, business owner, landlord and, of course, husband, father, brother and grandfather.
Carrol was born Feb. 19, 1937 in Statesville, N.C., and raised his family in Lancaster, where he sold polyester double-knits for Springs Mills, Inc.
But in the early 1960s, he had the foresight to buy a lot on the backwaters of Murrells Inlet, a block off the beach in Garden City Beach. His family of four, also including my sister, “Sam” Cox, soon had a beach cottage to enjoy during summers and weekends in what was then a sparsely populated area.
By the late 1970s, after polyester double-knits had gone out of style, Carrol moved permanently to the beach and began carving out his niche.
In 1979, he established a business – Furniture Restrapping – which was a perfect fit for the Myrtle Beach area’s hospitality industry.
Known for his big beard and engaging personality, he built the business the old-fashioned way, through plain old hard work and going door-to-door down Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach to earn customers, and friendship.
In the past 37 years, the business has grown and expanded to its current status as Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping, a full-service patio furniture store in Garden City.
Carrol was a fixture at monthly meetings of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, and was named Hospitality Services Member of the Year in 2010.
All the while, Carrol developed a great love for saltwater fishing, inside and offshore of Murrells Inlet, which he instilled in me.
From the mid-1970s through the 1990s, Capt. Carrol was a mainstay at now defunct marinas in the inlet such as Gulf Stream, Inlet Port and Voyagers View and ran charter trips on sport-fishing boats such as Split-Tail and Jane-Carrol.
He specialized in trolling for king and Spanish mackerel, but also ran his share of offshore trolling trips for wahoo, dolphin and tuna.
Time marches on, and in the last decade, he turned Custom Outdoor Furniture over to the troops – his nickname for Sam and I.
He may no longer be with us, but his well-earned legacy lives on through the business and this column.
Rest in peace, Capt. Carrol.
Gregg Holshouser: [email protected]