ODESSA — Cecil Leon Holley of Odessa passed away Saturday, Feb. 14,
2004, at the Clifton Care Center in Clifton, Texas, after a lengthy
illness. He was 85.
Mr. Holley was born Dec. 31, 1918, in Italy, Texas, to William and Ruth
Holley. He had two older brothers who preceded him in death: J.D. Holley
of Longview and Joe W. Holley of Enterprise, Ala.
Cecil played high school football for the Italy Gladiators and was so
proud when his old Alma Mater won the state 1A football championship in
the late 1980s. He was especially proud that the quarterback’s name
was also “Holley,” although there was no relation.
Cecil married Margaret E. Rumbaugh on July 28, 1940, in Longview, Texas.
They shared 63 years together.
Cecil was a WWII veteran and served as a platoon sergeant over 35
guards. He was a member of the 376th harbor craft company serving in the
Japan occupation. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon
with one Bronze Star, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze
Star, the Army of Occupation Medal Japan, the Victory Ribbon and three
Overseas Service Bars.
He moved to Odessa in 1947 and was employed by R.C. Rumbaugh and Sons
Trucking Co., as a trucking supervisor. In 1958, he owned and operated
H&W Construction, which was a road construction company. He later
worked as a truck dispatcher for various companies in Odessa. He retired
in 1983. His pride in retirement was his beautiful yard.
Cecil is survived by his wife, Margaret Holley; sons, Cecil Leon Holley
Jr. and wife, Bette, of Houston and William Craig Holley and wife,
Jackie, of Missouri City, Texas; daughter, Mary Kathryn Thorpe and
husband, Bill, of Odessa; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17,
2004. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Frank W. Wilson
Funeral Directors Chapel with Lynn Money officiating. Interment will
follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Cecil loved his family and each member of his family was important to
him. His health may not have always allowed him to express his
tenderness of heart, but it was always there. His sense of humor, even
while he was ill, kept everyone laughing and smiling. We will miss him
and keep him ever in our hearts. We our proud to have called you our
father and pappa.
Our gratitude is expressed to the Clifton staff for becoming his second
family and loving him in a very special way.
Memorials or donations may be made to American Hospice, 3124 SE Loop
820, Fort Worth, TX 76140 or Clifton Nursing and Rehab, Rt 2, Box 150A,
Clifton, TX 76634.
Services entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.