Marshall F. Holmes, 86, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, in Fort Worth. Service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Biggers Funeral Chapel. Interment: Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to The Azle Opry or Ash Creek Cemetery Association. Mr. Holmes, a lifelong area resident, served in the United States Marine Corps
in the Pacific theater during World War II
. He was a businessman in Azle for many years. His love for country music led to the founding and operation of the Azle Opry which is now in its 50th year. Marshall was a member of Azle Christian Church and served as president of Ash Creek Cemetery Association for many years. Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his parents, John and Laura Holmes; and brothers, Herbert, William and Kenneth Holmes. Survivors: His wife, Vonnie Wright Holmes; daughters, Linda Wilson and Marsha Taylor; granddaughters, Christy Wilson, Kerri Walter and husband, Matt; great-grandchildren, Tristan Clemson and Elizabeth Walter; sisters-in-law, Kenneth's wife Darlene and William's wife, Darlene; and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family.