Spence H. Holder, age 66, of Jacksonville, AR passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at Arkansas Hospice of Little Rock. He was born December 2, 1943 in Marshall, AR, the eldest son of Ressie and James M. Holder.
Spence spent his entire career in public education, serving his number one passion, student education. Spence began his career in 1966 as principal of Snowball, AR public school. In 1969 Spence became principal of Marshall High School and continued to serve there until 1984. In 1984 Spence became the Secondary Curriculum Supervisor for the Arkansas Department of Education. He was promoted to Transportation Director for the Department of Education in 1988 where he served until his retirement in 2000. During his career he served as Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Association president, vice president and secretary. He also served as president of the National Association State Director of Pupil Transportation in 1996 and 1997. Spence was an inductee into the Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation/Arkansas School Bus Mechanic Association Hall of Honor in June 2009. Spence was also the Marshall Outstanding Alumni in 1983.
His father, James M. Holder and one brother, Johnny Holder, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Jessie Delaine Sutterfield Holder of the home, three sons, Chris S. Holder and wife Martha of Harrison, AR, Tracy Holder and wife Amanda of Sherwood, AR and Stacy Holder and wife Kathy of Cabot, AR, five granddaughters, Casey Shelton and husband Ryan of College Station, TX, Abbey Allgood, Marlie Allgood, Josie Holder and Tatum Holder all of Cabot, AR, his mother Ressie Holder of Marshall, AR, one sister, Katherine Sue Carr and husband Eugene of Nevada, MO and his best bud Benny.
Visitation for Spence H. Holder will be Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 from 6-8 PM at Roller-Coffman Chapel. His service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at Marshall Assembly of God Church with Bro. Shirl Williams and Bro. Don Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Cemetery in Marshall, AR.
Pallbearers are James Tilley, Johnny Neel, Howard Pearson, Kevin Horton, Cam Horton and Fred Davis. Honorary Pallbearers are Ron Ragland, Kenneth Daniels, Steve Brewer, Larry Flud, Willie O. Horton, Mike Hennesse, Bill McEntire, Bobby Bamburg and Bobby Nation.
The family requests donations be made to Arkansas Hospice Center (LR), 6101 Saint Vincent Circle, Little Rock, AR 72205.