Curtis Holden Jr., mayor’s brother, dies

Curtis Lee Holden Jr., a retired Department of Public Works employee and the older brother of East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, died Monday.

He was 63.

Holden, a native of Woodville, Miss., and a U.S. Army veteran, died Monday morning at his home in Baton Rouge, according to a statement provided by his family.

Kip Holden said his brother died from complications related to two strokes he suffered, the most recent of which happened about two years ago.

Holden said he hopes the death of his brother, in addition to the untimely deaths of his parents and his younger brother, will encourage people to live healthier lives and to cherish every moment with their loved ones.

“It’s important to go get checkups, it’s important to check on your health, and it’s important to watch your diet,” Holden said.

The brothers shared two hobbies — cooking and dominoes — often at their family-owned Scotlandville bar, Holden Powerhouse, which Curtis Holden Jr. was running when his brother was elected the parish’s first black mayor-president in 2004.

“He loved Southern University football,” Kip Holden said of his brother, “so he would rarely miss a game.”

The family will hold visitation hours from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Winnfield Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road.

The Rev. Dr. John E. Montgomery II will conduct the service, according to the family’s statement.