Alvah Joe Holder, 68, of Wichita Falls, went to be at peace with the Lord and with those who have gone before him on July 4, 2013. His spirit touched many lives and will be missed. A burial at sea ceremony is being planned for a later date.

Joe was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Graham to parents Thelma and Clarence Holder. He was raised in Graham until joining the U.S. Navy as a Radioman. He graduated from the U.S. Naval School in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 4, 1963.  He proudly served in the Navy until 1977 with an honorable discharge. He served in Vietnam, the Philippines as well as Northern Ireland. After the service his passion for Radio carried over to civilian life as a certified HAM radio operator, which he got a special class license. His handle could be heard over the air waves many days and nights to friends worldwide.


He truly touched many lives with his voice and will be missed.

In the summer on June 5, 1979, he married his beloved wife, Juanita Darlene Gillentine. The two of them shared a deep and committed love to each other. 

Between the two they shared five loved children, Laura Suzanne Holder – Brown, Frances Michelle Holder – Kwiecinski, William David Casteel, Crystal Gail O’Neal and Tracie Don Scheller. 

His family and friends will carry his memory forever in their hearts. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Thelma (Melton) Holder; and father, Clarence Lee; as well as his brother, Estle Lee Holder. 

In lieu of flowers the family would ask that contributions be made in his memory to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310. 

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