Edward Ward Holder, 86, of Conway, formerly of Jonesboro, died Friday, January 14, 2022 at his home.
He was born on February 6, 1935, in Randolph County, the youngest child of Redmon and Viola Ward Holder. Edward attended school in Richwoods, Lawrence County. In 1953 he started working at the Hubble shoe store in Pocahontas. He moved his family to Jonesboro in 1960 and worked at Joseph Footwear for many years. Edward later purchased The Shoe Box in downtown Jonesboro and established The Shoe Plaza in Caraway Plaza, retiring in 1999.
He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Jonesboro for over 55 years, where he held many positions, from trustee to Sunday School superintendent. He gave generously and tirelessly to his church. Edward relished the time spent with his grandchildren, making everyone feel special. One of our fondest memories was seeing him leave for church on Sunday morning with six grandchildren in the cabin of a 1984 F150 pick-up truck. They arrived early to “help” Grandpa with Sunday School superintendent duties and donut samples.
He and Joyce moved to Conway in 2007 and joined Woodland Heights Baptist Church in 2018. His hobbies included painting, woodworking, cycling, computers, and his favorite vegetable and flower gardening.
Survivors include his 68-year-old wife, Joyce Forehand Holder, of the home; daughters, Sharon Holder Reynolds and husband Bob of Conway and Beverly Holder Shatzen and husband Herb, of McLean, Va.; nine grandchildren, Sara Hinchey Siems (Tyler), Malia Hinchey Davis (Zach), Stephen Hinchey (Amy), Ellen Shatzen Johnson (Erik), Jill Shatzen Kerr (Preston), Hannah Shatzen, Bobby Reynolds (Christine), Billy Reynolds (Mae) and Chris Reynolds (Erica); seven great-grandchildren; great-grandchildren in seven stages; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Lucille Davis and Pauline Stone and his brothers, Almer Louie, Floyd and Bill Holder.
The funeral will be Wednesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. in the Emerson Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Kevin Barnett officiating. Interment will follow at Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge.
Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. before the service.
The funeral will be broadcast live. To view, go to emersonfuneralhome.com and a link will be available on Edward’s obituary.
The family asks participants to wear masks.
For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to the American Cancer Society, cancer.org.
An online guest book is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Published by Jonesboro Sun from January 18 to January 19, 2022.