William B Holsonbake
May 15, 1908 ~ August 26, 2009
A loving earthly life has ended as William B. Holsonbake has been called home by his Lord and Savior. Funeral services for Mr. Holsonbake will be at 10 AM on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Hughes Springs with Dr. Roy Rutherford and Rev. Ralph Hale officiating. Interment will be at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery at 3 PM in Farmersville, TX. Mr. Holsonbake was born on May 15, 1908 in Farmersville, TX to James Robert and Willie Holsonbake and died Wednesday, August 26th at Margarets House Hospice in Longview after a lengthy illness. He was 101. Mr. Holsonbake was a graduate of Farmersville High School and a 1931 graduate of Texas A&M. He later earned a Masters Degree from East Texas State University at Commerce. While at A&M, he won the Southwest Conference High Jump for 3 years in a row. He married Mattie Lee Carver in July of 1935, who preceded him in death in April of 1991. Mr. Holsonbake taught agriculture in Hughes Springs from 1939 until his retirement in 1973. He received many awards and recognitions during his career: Honorary American Farmer, Outstanding Conservation Teacher of Texas, Outstanding Teacher of 1972-1973. A lifelong dream was achieved when his 1971 Land Judging Team won First Place at the International Land Judging Contest. He was inducted into the Farmersville Hall of Fame. Mr. Holsonbake was active in First United Methodist Church, Lions Club (Charter Member), Masonic Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Rites and Community Affairs. He received the Crystal Globe Award for Devotion to Education, the Golden Trowel Award presented by the Grand Lodge of Texas. Mr. Holsonbake served on the Marion-Cass Soil and Water Conservation District for many years. He also served as Hughes Springs Director on the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District until just a few months prior to his death. Mr. Holsonbake is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Janet and Gary Ellis of Richwood, TX and Diane and Floyd Johnson of Lake Jackson, TX; four grandchildren Melanie, Scott, David and Angela; eight great-grandchildren; one sister Marianne Rutherford of Claude, TX. Mr. Holsonbake will lie in repose on Friday, August 28th and the family will receive friends from 6-8 PM at the funeral home in Hughes Springs. Memorials may be made to the Lions Club Childrens Camp, First United Methodist Church, Hughes Springs; and Margarets House Hospice of Longview. On-line condolences can be made www.reeder-davis.com.