In Memory

Robert Holder VIEW PROFILE

Robert Holder

go to bottom 
  Post Comment

12/20/10 11:22 AM #1    

Robert Holder

Robert Clarence Holder, Jr. passed away December 13, 2010, of a sudden heart attack, at his residence in Dallas.  He was born November 24, 1947, in Greenville, Texas.  My husband has always described Robert as a true "Southern Gentleman" with a soft-spoken voice and big heart.  He always had a smile on his face and a keen sense of humor.  When his marriage to Susan Carlisle ended over a decade ago, he tried to stay strong, but the hurt grew deeper and his will to live became less over time.  His strong Christian beliefs kept him alive, and thankfully because he treasured his grandchildren over those ten years.  Robert sold his Star Drug Store in Daingerfield where he had been a pharmacist, and moved to Denton to be closer to his two sons - Rob III and Chance - and his sister, Kathy.  He continued to work as a pharmacist in Denton until he retired a few years ago.  Robert accomplished more than most in his short lifetime - in addition to scoring the highest on his class' pharmaceutical exam at the University of Texas in Austin, and becoming a pharmacist, he held the position of Mayor of Daingerfield, was a Municipal Judge, and was President of the Lion's Club.  He coached his sons' sports teams, and started the Daingerfield Soccer Association.  He was an active member and deacon of the First United Methodist Church in Daingerfield, although he was raised a Baptist, being baptized at age 13 in Tyler, Texas.  He loved his three children more than life itself.  His son, Rob III, graduated from the University of North Texas, and he and his wife, Amy, have two beautiful daughters - Madeline and Abigail.  His son, Chance, graduated, as Robert did, from the University of Texas in Austin, and has a beautiful daughter, Emmeline.  Robert and his older son, Rob III, both achieved the Life Award from Boy Scouts.  Both sons reside in the Denton/Dallas area.  His daughter, Catie, still lives close to her mother in Daingerfield and has a son, Cross, who is very active in sports, as was his grandfather, Robert.  I am his sister, my husband, Pat Fay, and I have lived in Argyle, Texas, for the past sixteen years.  I am so very proud of my brother, and love him deeply, and knowing how hurt and alone he has been over the past decade, although I will miss him terribly, I know he is happy now - in Heaven with our Mom and Dad.  I'll always remember him singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" in the 8th Grade Choir in Tyler, but the song that will make me think of him the most is "In The Garden" - it was played at both our grandfather's and mother's funerals, and it meant so much to him.  Unfortunately, neither was played at his funeral, but I will play them often in his memory.  I love you, Robby...

06/10/11 11:34 PM #2    

Danny Dunn

I first met Robert in 1963.  He was dating the twin sister of the girl I was dating...the Taylor Twins they were known as.  We became fast friends.  I worked with him for his dad who owned a meat packing company one summer way back when.  He drove a blue Pontiac Bonneville convertible with white interior.  Being from the poor side of town, the John Tyler side getting to double date in that car was the highlight of my week.  Robert was a good friend, kind, generous and funny.  When  Suzanne's parents put the hex on my dating their better than me daughter and I lost touch with Robert. I had heard that he was a pharmacist in Dangerfield and meant to make a trip up there to visit, but never did.  Even though that was 48 years ago, I remember him like I just saw him yesterday and it saddens me to know that he is no longer walking among us. To all of you of have had the honor of knowing and loving him all of these years since I knew him I am truly sorry for your loss, I feel it too. 

go to top 
  Post Comment


Click here to see Robert's last Profile entry.