Clarence William Holley
Wrens, GA – Clarence William Holley, 90, loving husband of 60 ½ years to Nell Anderson Holley, entered into his eternal rest Tuesday evening, December 19, 2017 at University Hospital in Augusta. The funeral service to celebrate his life will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 A.M., Saturday morning, December 23, 2017 with Rev. Albert Stroupe officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.
One of eleven children born to the late Mary Elizabeth Johnson Holley Terry and the late Jasper Lee Holley, Clarence was a lifetime resident of Wrens. After graduating from Wrens High School, he proudly joined the Navy serving our country in World War II. A patriot, he was an honored member of American Legion Post 229 for 33 years. Upon his return home, he farmed for a while before working as a welder for Southern Natural Gas, retiring after 37 years of service. He then unselfishly volunteered at University McDuffie for 20 years. Clarence enjoyed working in his shop—“fixin’ things”. Always a thinker and a tinkerer, he held a patent for a hanging basket self-watering apparatus. He found great enjoyment drinking his morning coffee and watching birds as they visited his bird feeders. Clarence also loved gospel music and singing in the church choir, the men’s quartet, and with his family at their reunions. His most important role in life was being a born-again Christian. As a young boy, Clarence accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and served Him faithfully at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church where he was a deacon for over 50 years, Sunday School director and teacher, song leader, choir member, church treasurer, building and grounds maintenance ....just to name a few of the various positions he held over the years. His ministry included faithful, regular visits to the sick and those in the nursing home. He loved people—his main concern was their spiritual well-being. This strong-willed man of faith was a devoted, loving husband and father who had an absolute, unconditional love for his family. We mourn his passing, but celebrate him reaching his eternal home where he is singing in that heavenly choir.
Clarence is also preceded in death by his precious son, Wayne William Holley; two sisters, Sandra H. Norton and Sarah H. Gay; and step-father, Ernest Terry. Other survivors include his two daughters, Susan H. Newsome (Steven) and Nancy H. Chance; eight siblings, Annie H. Anderson, David Holley, Gloria H. Jones, Janette H. Perdue (W.J.), Lamar Holley (Bonnie), Shirley H. Reese (Temus), Robert Holley (Ruby) and Tony Holley (Gail); two grandsons, Kyle Eisele (Leigh) and Austin Newsome (Jessica); three great grandchildren, Ethan Andrews, Jason Andrews and Clayton Ford; two brothers-in-law, Judson Gay and Jimmy Norton; step sister, Jimmie T. Gay; a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins; and his church family and many friends. Serving as pallbearers will be David Chance, Gary Gay, Dennis Holley, Jimmy Ivey, Willis Jones Jr., Johnny Jordan, Douglas Norton and Steve Perdue. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the American Legion Post 229.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Legion Post 229, P.O. Box 29, Wrens GA 30833.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday evening, December 22, 2017.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as You did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that You will make all things right
If I surrender to Your Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with You
Forever and ever in the next.
He Is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
Or you can be full of the love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want—
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.