Funeral services for Billy F. Holcomb, Sr., 89, of Lufkin were held Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Mark Livingston and Reverend Jerry Browning officiating. Interment followed in the Gann Cemetery. Mr. Holcomb was born September 21, 1924 in Lufkin, Texas to Earl A. and Elvie (Bynum) Holcomb, and died Thursday, July 31, 2014 in a local hospital. Mr. Holcomb was a lifetime resident of Lufkin. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines. He retired from Lufkin Industries following 43 years of employment as an electrician. Mr. Holcomb was an active Ham Radio operator and enjoyed flying remote control airplanes. He restored Hit & Miss Engines (Poppin' Johnny's), and won several awards showing them. Mr. Holcomb loved spending time with his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of Keltys First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary Holcomb of Lufkin; sons and daughters-in-law, Billy F., Jr. and Karen Holcombe of Hurst, Robert E. "Bob" and Debra Holcombe of Quitman, and Jerry and Melissa Holcombe of Huntington; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Jim Dickinson of Houston, Patti Allen of Lufkin and Melinda and Ronny DuPree of Huntington; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mattie Tigert and Lillian McCarty. Pallbearers were Jonathan Holcombe, Brady Holcombe, Eric Dickinson, Jerrod Holcombe, Ryan Holcombe, Chase DuPree and Brian McDowell. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Keltys First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 3043, Lufkin, Texas 75903. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
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Published in The Lufkin Daily News on Aug. 4, 2014