Leon “Lee” Holder answered the call of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Come home, son, Ruby and I are her to welcome you”, on April 22, 2014. He was born on Wednesday, September 30, 1925 at Brewer Bend, Muskogee County, Oklahoma to Harrison and Mary (Fletcher) Holder. He was the fourth of eight children. On April 23, 1945, Lee married the love of his life, Ruby Lee Haws. His union in marriage to Ruby was a celebration of 68 years in 2013. Lee was a current member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church of Muskogee. He became an ordained Deacon in 1965 at Meadowbrook Brook Baptist Church. Lee entered the US Navy as Seaman 1st Class in December, 1943 and served in World War II on the USS Lexington. Lee attended Buckhorn school. He graduated from Draughon’s Business College on July 25, 1956. Lee was a former officer of the Civitan Club of Muskogee. He served on the board at the Salvation Army for many years. Lee worked for Acme Engineering & Manufacturing for 37-years, retiring as Vice President of Administrative Services.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, sister Arita Crittenden, brothers, Lloyd Holder and wife Mary , Sam Holder and wife Lena, Muriel Holder and Bobby Holder and son-in-law Ronald S Allen III. He is survived by his children, Mary Nell Allen, Edward Leon Holder and wife Margie of Muskogee, Celia Grover of Fresno CA, Karen Todd and husband Johnny of Muskogee, grandchildren Miles Allen, Shawn Allen and wife Kelly, Bryan Holder and Brand Lee, Brandi D. Holder, Calli Erickson and husband Paul, Whitney Bliss, Eric Holderby and wife Stephanie, . twelve great grandchildren Amber, Ron, Cammie, Brady, Parker, Reagan, Joshua, Jacob, Adeline, Jennifer, Joshua and Jackson, three great-great grandchildren, Kensley, Kelsey and Keegen, Sisters Juanita Ervin and Cora Jean Pitts, Sister-in-laws, Phyllis Holder and Katherine Holder, Brother-in-laws Henry Moran and wife JoAnn, Jimmy Don Moran, and Roy Moran and wife Sheila, many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Going Home services will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:00 am at Eastern Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee. Pallbearers are grandsons, Shawn Allen, Bryan Holder, Eric Holderby, great-grandsons, Ron Allen, Brady Allen and grandson-in-law Paul Erickson. Honorary pallbearers are son Edward Leon Holder, Bill Jarard, Glenn Macomb, Gene Coker Carl Gibson and Andy Simmons. The family wishes to thank all the medical staff at CCOM and MedCorp for all their tender care. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the American Heart Association.