Billy Edward Holder, 92, of Stillman Valley Illinois passed away on September 3rd, 2020. He was born in Hoxie, Arkansas, the son of Will Henry and Leona (Spargo) Holder.
He is survived by his long time companion Madeline Simmons, sister Shirley Stults (Jim), sisters-in-law in-law Margaret Holder (Bobby) and Beverly Holder (Lonnie), children Terry Holder (Nancy), Cindy Holder-Boumgarden (Bruno Marlier), Rickey Holder (Amy), Sherry Gonzalez (Dario), daughter-in-law Linda Holder (Larry), grandchildren, Bryan Holder (Michelle), Bradley Holder (Laura), Michelle Holder (Erik), Jennifer Holder-Murray (Keith), Tracey Keller (Ricky), David Holder (Claire), PJ Holder (Mike), Jeffrey Holder, Rebecca Boumgarden, James Boumgarden, Natasha Dornbush (Gary), Ashlei Doughty, Andria Bail (Joe), Thomas Holder (Nicole), Henry Holder, Ramiro Gonzalez (Stephanie), Alejandro Gonzalez, and Isabela Gonzalez, great grandchildren Kyle, Lauren, Carter, Eloise, Salma, Caitlin, Sienna, Aspen, Remy, Fynn, Logan, Sam, Arlo, Franklyn, Emiley, McKenzei, Hailei, Brytyn, Julia, Ethan, and Bellamy.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jean (Hill) Holder, son Larry Holder, sisters Imogene Spain and Brenda Bankes, brothers Lehman Holder, Henry Ray Holder, Bobby Holder, and Lonnie Holder, brothers-in-law Jack Spain, Jim Stults, and Gary Bankes, and sisters-in-law Clarice Holder and Geneva Holder.
Billy retired after 30+ years working at Mechanics Universal Joint, Borg Warner on Harrison Avenue in Rockford, Illinois.
He enjoyed classic cars, motorcycles, antique tractors, and music. He could play the fiddle, banjo, and guitar and enjoyed listening to and playing country and bluegrass music. He loved to sit and pick with his relatives and friends. When he was younger, he was a talented baseball player. As he got a little older, he enjoyed watching and listening to major league baseball. He was an accomplished drag racer and had several cars over the years that he would race at various local drag strips. Later in life he enjoyed watching motorcycle and auto racing on television. He enjoyed gardening and would grow many fresh fruits and vegetables to feed his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing in the ocean and towed his boat from northern Illinois all the way to Key West on several occasions to do just that. He also liked to go out to deeper water on the “bottom fishing” boats while visiting Key West in search of larger fish. He enjoyed pheasant and rabbit hunting.
This list is not all inclusive. Throughout the years Billy had a wide variety of interests that he pursued, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with all of his friends and family.
A private family graveside service will be at the Big Mound Cemetery near Davis Juction with the Pastor Randy Snider officiating.