Judge B.G. 'Bill' Holder

November 16, 2003

Judge B.G. "Bill" Holder, age 78, of Frisco, Texas, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 14, 2003, at Settlers Ridge Nursing Home in Celina, Texas.

Services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at First Baptist Church of Archer City with Dr. David Darnell, Central Christian Church of Frisco, officiating. Interment will be in Archer City Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home.

Mr. Holder, the son of William L. Holder and Maydell Hill Holder, was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Parker County, Texas. He was a graduate of Graham High School and Hardin Jr. College. He and Allene Carter were married Aug. 4, 1971, in Megargel, Texas.

He moved to Archer City in 1948, and owned and operated Holder's Jewelers from 1947 to 1976. He served on the City Council from 1954 to 1955, was Mayor from 1955 to 1957, and was elected County Judge in 1958. He retired in 1990 with 32 years of dedicated service. He formed the 1950s Little League Baseball Organization in Archer County, organized the 1960s Federal Grant Funds to build Archer County Hospital, and was the 1980 Chairman of the Archer County Centennial Celebration. He was a member of the Archer City Lions Club for forty years, the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas since 1950 and was a past Master. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite in Fort Worth and was a former Shriner in Wichita Falls. He was a former member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Archer City and was a current member and Deacon of the Central Christian Church in Frisco.

Survivors include his wife, Allene of Frisco; one son, Billy G. Holder, Jr., and wife, Rocki, of Wichita Falls; one daughter, Karen Atchley of Austin; step-children, Mike Douglas and Annette Harrington, both of Frisco; five grandchildren, Ali Holder of Wichita Falls, Andrea Wurmstein and husband, Joe, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Trey Eckhardt of Hunstville, Texas, Kristi Johnston of Sherman, Texas, and Keith Harrington of Frisco; and three great-grandchildren, Patricia Marie "Trish" Wurmstein of Cheyenne, Kennedy and Dylan Johnston, both of Sherman, Texas.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia "Pat" Eckhardt on Nov. 22, 1986.

The family suggests memorials to the Patricia Holder Eckhart Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Archer City ISD, P.O. Box 926, Archer City, TX 76351 or to the charity of your choice.

Submitted by: Lola Thomason

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