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William L. Holder

Fort Smith, AR, 1930 - 2019

William L. "Bill" Holder retired Col. USAF, died November 18, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born February 8, 1930 on a farm outside McCrory, AR to Nathaniel B. and Ida (Reaves) Holder.
He graduated from U of O in Clarksville and received his Masters in hospital administration from Baylor University. He served 28 ½ years in the Air Force as a Hospital Administrator. In retirement, Bill enjoyed visiting family-especially his children and grandchildren who were very special to him.
Bill loved the University of the Ozarks and spent many hours giving back to the school after he retired. He also volunteered in many different ways, in the churches they attended. At his death, he was a member of Faith UMC. Bill was a "people person" and truly enjoyed life.
He was preceded in death by a son, William L Holder Jr.; a brother, Donald N. Holder; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Holder; a daughter-in-law, Molly Holder; brother-in-law, Thomas Johnson; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Ann Holder. He is survived by his wife, Jane; one daughter, Roberta Holder of Fort Smith; two sons, Larry Holder of Chandler, Okla. and John Holder and his wife Toni of Denver, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Melinda Holder of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Ann Johnson of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother, Jerry Dale Holder and his wife Danette of Little Rock; seven grandchildren, Lauren Weems and her husband Juston, Erin Holder, Lee Holder and his wife Kristy, Peggy Jane DeBruler and her husband James, Emily Swanson and her husband Travis, Steven Holder and his wife Madeline, Samantha Ferguson and her husband Parker; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, November 22, 2019, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home. Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Edwards Chapel, with Military Honors. Services and cremation are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to: Wilson-Holder Endowed Scholarships at: UofO, 315 College Avenue, Clarksville, Ark. 72830, or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to

Published November 20, 2019

Edwards Funeral Home
PO box 3, Fort Smith, AR
Phone: 479-782-8203