Ethel Holder


Ethel Holder, 89, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Holder was born January 2, 1930, in Shelby County to Leo Crocker and Mozelle Wright Crocker. She worked in the indigent healthcare department of the Shelby County Courthouse. Her hobbies included painting, making jelly, and cooking. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

She is survived by:
James Holder of Richardson
George Holder and wife Bobbi of Kirbyville
Janice Williams and husband Larry of Tenaha

Scott Holder and wife Karen of Rowlett
Rodney Holder and wife Jennifer of Magnolia
Shawn Williams of Tenaha
Laurie Godfrey and husband Stephen of Nacogdoches

Great grandchildren: 
Sarah Holder of Rowlett
Allyson Holder of Magnolia
Jamison Holder of Magnolia
Madison Holder of Magnolia
Madison Godfrey of Nacogdoches
Kade Godfrey of Nacogdoches
Cameron Williams of Carthage
Vivian Williams of Tatum
Alivia Williams of Woodville

Sisters and brother, Sue Blagraves of Danbury, Carolyn Graham and husband Jimmy of Kountze, James Russell, and Betty Crocker; numerous nieces, nephews, other family, and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, James W. “Buck” Holder; parents, Leo Crocker and Mozelle Wright Crocker Russell; and daughter-in-law, Jama Holder.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Holder, Shawn Williams, Scott Holder, Stephen Godfrey, Joe White, and Tim Perkins.

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