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March 6, 2013

Earl Leslie Holman

NORMAN — Earl Leslie “DeDaddy” Holman, of Duncan, left his earthly body to be present with the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, March 4, 2013, following a lengthy hospitalization at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Grantham Funeral chapel in Duncan, officiated by Rev. Randy Southerland.

Earl was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Stratford to Charlie Aven Holman and Vashti (Unsell) Holman. He married Nadine Guyer in June 1946 and they relocated to Duncan in 1949, where they lived, worked and raised their two children, Jackie Lynn and Sheila Jean.

He attended school in Noble but wasn’t able to complete his education because his elderly grandparents, Dick and Hattie Unsell, needed his help to operate the family farm in Stratford. Noble High School honored the World War II “purple heart” veteran at a formal reception to present Mr. Holman a high school diploma in recognition of his military service.

Earl entered the Army of the United States of America on Nov. 18, 1942. He served under direction of Gen. George Patton with the 712th Tank Battalion, Company C, in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Belgium and Germany. He was a tank crewman and received the EAME Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart for injuries received during combat. Corporal Holman was honorably discharged from military service on Oct. 31, 1945, at Camp Fannin, Texas.

He worked at various jobs over the years, including Holman’s Shoe Repair and Leather Shop, owned and operated by his father, Charlie Holman, in Noble. However, he spent the majority of his working career at Jones Drilling, Eason Oil, ITT and Helmerich & Payne. After falling 35 feet through the substructure of a rig, he eventually retired from the oil field services in 1986. Not wanting to become complacent, he busied himself helping family, friends and neighbors. During this time, he was recognized as a “Good Citizen” of the month and featured in a Duncan Banner article for his hard-working efforts to mow vacant lots and hand pick weeds to beautify the neighborhood. He eagerly assisted elderly, disabled neighbors and others in the community with household chores and lawn care, without pay for his services. Having an excellent working knowledge of auto mechanics, he was known to assist stranded motorist and others with necessary auto repairs.

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