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Viola Kay Grissom Holder

December 23, 1947 - April 23, 2021

Burial Date May 2, 2021

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Viola Kay Grissom Holder passed away on April 23, 2021 at 11:10 am in Lynchburg Virginia, with her family at her side. She was born in Greenup Illinois on Dec 23, 1947. Viola graduated from Maroa Forsyth High School and earned a Diploma from International Bible College, a BS from Southwestern Assembly of God University, and a Masters of Science from The University of North Texas.

Viola was raised on a farm in Illinois, where she and her sisters achieved recording success as a singing trio. They were featured at events with The Speer family, The Oakridge Boys, The Statesmen and others. She played the piano, clarinet, alto and tenor sax. She served as a civil service secretary for the army and then as a secretary and teacher for two decades at Cobb Christian School. Viola was an avid genealogical researcher and was credited with locating and reuniting Jack Holder with his brother Eugene Sr after their 71 year separation as children. She published multiple articles in numerous genealogical societies. Viola entered a second career as a Academic Recorder, an Archivist and University Historian at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas. There she coauthored a biography with historian Bob Burke. Viola published five books of SAGU history.

Amidst her achievements, Viola’s greatest joy came from the love of her family. She is survived by her loving husband Eugene Cole Holder; Daugher & Son-in-law, Letha and Cameron Bishop of Sunset Beach, CA; Son and daughter-in-law, David and Christine Holder of Evington, VA; Grandson & wife, Cole and Julia Bishop of Huntington Beach, CA; Grandchildren Lauren, Trent, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Faith. Sister and Brother in law, Letha and Wes Wuerch of Hawkins, TX; Sister in Law Margaret Grissom of Maroa, IL; and Several Nieces and nephews. Viola was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Alene Grissom, Brother Everett Grissom, Sisters Lela and Velma Grissom.

Please join us to honor Viola Kay. Life Celebration Service will be held at Open Bible Tabernacle in Marietta, GA at 2 pm on May 2, 2021. Please feel free to send flowers to the church at 545 Lorene Dr. SW Marietta, GA 30060.

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A friend, with whom I walked through some interesting, happy, youthful experiences. Youth camps in southern Indiana, a few Sunday afternoon sings in small Illinois churches, our first trip to Mexico, living down the hall from each other in a girls´ dormatory, a home mission´s trip to Houston, Tx and visiting San Jacinto Monument, a most unforgettable and unimagineable Christmas trip from Texas to Illinois, Vi and Butch´s wedding day in Evansville, In., enjoying OBT convention the first year of Letha Carolyn´s life. Vi you ran your race well and finished it. You have the joy of being with loved ones who went before you, a new body, the incredible worship of heaven, and the privilege of greeting many others, giving them their welcome to their heavenly home. You are missed here, but I know you are enjoying your heavenly home.

Posted by Anonymous on May 2, 2021

The wonderful thing about life is that it sometimes crosses your path with people who are able to enrich your life with a simple smile. Such was the case with Viola who crossed our paths a short time ago at the dialysis center. The three of us were always joking around trying to make time in the center less of a torment. Our time there now will be significantly less joyful. We’ll miss you, Viola.

Posted by Carla Whitfield and Karen Ayers on April 29, 2021

Praying for all of you. I have wonderful memories of Vi from IBC days. Her smile was magic.

Posted by Janet Applegarth-Yarbrough on April 28, 2021

Love and prayers to Vi's precious family. What a joy it was to know and work with her here at Nelson Memorial Library! She envisioned and created our Archives, leaving a legacy of SAGU's historical treasures that will be enjoyed for generations to come. I am enriched by her expertise, her life-wisdom, and her friendship. Rest in peace, sweet Lady Vi.

Posted by Radonna Holmes on April 27, 2021

My heart & thoughts are with you all. I always recall Sister Vi's beautiful smile, compassion &,joy!

Posted by Janice Kelty on April 26, 2021

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