Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Collier-Butler Chapel for Mr. Ray Holman, 78, Rainbow City, who passed away April 12, 2014. Dr. John Copeland and the Rev. David Chandler will officiate. Burial will be at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing.
Mr. Holman graduated Draughons Business College in 1957 and moved to Indiana, where he worked for Indianapolis Star and News. He moved to Gadsden in 1978 and worked for The Gadsden Times till he retired in 1996. He was a devout member of North Gadsden Baptist Church.
Mr. Holman was preceded in death by his parents, Estelle and Hattie Holman, Tennessee; brothers, Charlie Holman, Indiana, and Earl Holman, Tennessee; sisters, Velma Rittenberry, Rulene Brown, Tennessee; and son, James Holman, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Holman; daughters, Sheila (Jeff) Trent, Indiana, Sandy (Mike) Hardin, Indiana, Sherry (Lee) Butrum, Indiana, Schaun (Curt) Hill, Alabama, Elizabeth Smith, Alabama, Deborah (Josh) Sullivan, Alabama; and sons, Kevin (Christie) Holman, Alabama, and Brian Holman, Alabama; grandchildren, Chathan, Ashlynn, Mackenzie, Savannah, John Riley, Audrey Kate, Sanders, Attison, Anderson, Alex, Shelly, Kelly, Nicky, Bryce, Cameron, Logan, Cory, Callie, Garrett and Cierra; great-granchildren, Cash Gene, Jalee, John Wayne, Cayden and Sadee, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren on the way; sisters, Earlene (Fred) Rittenberry, Tennessee, and Shirley (Donald) Brawner; brother, Bill (Raydell) Holman, Kentucky; and special son-in-law, Mater Smith, Alabama.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Holman, Brian Holman, Alex Holman, Chathan Holman, Josh Sullivan and Mater Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Trent and Curt Hill.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jason Ayres and staff, Gentiva Home Rehab and Lawley Hospice. We were very thankful God sent these special people into our lives during this difficult time.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.