GREENSBORO, N.C. – It is with great sadness that our Carruthers & Roth team announces the loss of our friend and colleague L. Worth Holleman, Jr., who passed away today after a brief illness.
Worth was a director and shareholder at Carruthers & Roth and a consummate professional who had built a highly successful commercial real estate practice. He was as comfortable working with large developers on multimillion dollar land deals as he was working with small business owners negotiating new office space. He also never met a stranger.
“It seemed that Worth knew almost everyone in town and everyone was his best friend,” says Scott Dillon, managing director at Carruthers & Roth. “He had a great sense of humor and a laugh we will never forget. He was a treasured friend and colleague and an immeasurable asset to our firm and our clients. We will all miss him.”
A native of Pittsboro, N.C., Worth earned both a B.S. in Business Administration and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1974 and to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar in 1980. He was a member of the Greensboro Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also was Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – a testament to his high ethical standards and professional ability.
Worth was involved in a wide range of professional, civic and charitable organizations. He was a member of the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, a board member and past chair of the Guilford Merchants Association, and a board member and past chair of FirstPoint Inc. He previously served on the Greensboro War Memorial Coliseum Commission, Central YMCA Board of Management, Greensboro Transit Authority Board of Directors, and Greensboro Zoning Commission, for which he served as vice chair.
Worth devoted his time and talents to his beloved alma mater by serving on both the UNC-CH Board of Visitors and the UNC-CH Parents Council. Worth was actively involved in the Greensboro Sports Council and served as chair of the 2014 Haeco Invitational Tournament. He also participated in Operation Smile Carolinas. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where he has served as a chalice bearer, lay reader and usher.
Worth is survived by his wife, three children, son-in-law and granddaughter, as well as by many devoted friends who helped the family care for him during his illness. Funeral arrangements are tentatively scheduled for Monday and details will be forthcoming.