Friday, February 22, 2013

SP5 Robert Holderby, United States Army Veteran

Robert Holderby was born October 26, 1946 in Lubbock, Texas and passed away December 10, 2012, at the age of 66.  He was a resident of Gatesville, Texas at the time of his death.

Robert attended school in Duncanville, Texas, and graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro, California in 1966.

Robert  was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970.

Robert married Kathy Wynell Southerland on April 24, 1970.  While living in Gatesville, he was active in community affairs.  He served in the Gatesville Exchange Club, the Gatesville Lions Club and in Cars on the Way.  He was a deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher of Trinity Baptist Church.  He was an avid fan of auto racing, from dirt track racing to NASCAR.

An interment service was held on December 13 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas, with the Rev. Tim Crosby officiating.  In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders to honor yet another fallen Vietnam Veteran.

As final prayers were offered, and military honors rendered, the Riders formed a line of American flags along the front of the committal shelter, and fifty American flags lined the roadway at the shelter.

The Army Honor Detail afforded the military honors.  The Army bugler played taps, as all in attendance stood at attention, facing the flag draped coffin.  The flag that draped the coffin was carefully folded into  the traditional triangle, and presented to Robert's wife of 42 years, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for his honorable and faithful service.

SP5 Robert Holderby was laid to rest on the plain of the cemetery, overlooking the Texas Hill Country in which he had lived for so many years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, two daughters and their spouses, three grandchildren a great-grandson and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Imperial Valley Press Online for biographical information.

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