Retired Lt. Col. Arnold Waldon Holder, 83, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, Texas. He was born on August 1, 1930 in Prescott, Arkansas to the late Ira Arnold and Katie Hooks Holder. He served his country proudly in the U. S. Army National Guard. He was a member of Proctor Baptist Church in Port Arthur. He was a Master Mason in the Port Arthur Masonic Lodge #1264, the Shriner's, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rites. Arnold graduated high school at the age of 16 and ventured on to attend college at Arkansas A & M in Magnolia, Arkansas. In 1949, he joined the Army National Guard in Prescott, Arkansas, later transferring to Port Arthur, Texas as a medic in the 111th Engineers. In 1964 he was promoted to full time in Headquarters Company. In 1968 and 1969, as the 111th transitioned to 82nd Airborne, Arnold braved jump school at the age of 38. He retired in 1975 from the Guard as Battalion Commander, Lt. Colonel. He was the proud owner of Holders Western Wear from 1974 - 1985, afterward taking his business experience on the road as a salesman for M & F Western Products. Post retirement, Arnold worked at Pat Riley's and Grammier's Funeral Homes. He loved hunting, fishing, his family, and our Lord. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Melancon's Funeral Home in Nederland with Rev. Dr. Rick Erwin and Rev. Frank Hodges officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the funeral home. Arnold is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Jacqueline Wyona Buckner Holder. He is survived by his wife, Margurite Richardson Holder of Port Arthur; son, James Waldon Holder of Hemphill; step-son, Dale F. Bates of Port Arthur; daughter, Shannon Holder Gann of Nederland; grandchildren, Shonda and Mikal Weaver, Kerri and Joshua Sheppard, Stephanie and Christopher Justice, Clifford Burke, Jr., James Andrew and Cara Holder; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Benni Jo Kelley of Port Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews. Details and registry available at Melancons.org.
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Port Arthur, TX 77642
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 11, 2013