OBITUARY

William Craig Holford

September 18, 1943March 12, 2021

William Craig Holford, 77, better known as Bill, passed away peacefully in Austin Friday, March 12, 2021, in the company of his three children. He was born Sept. 18, 1943, in Austin to Dallas and Marie Holford. He grew up in west Austin, attended Matthews Elementary School, O. Henry Junior High School, and graduated from Austin High School in 1961. He attended Texas Christian University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.

He joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as a first lieutenant in 1969-70, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device for heroism in ground combat. Upon returning from Vietnam, he joined the Texas Army National Guard, retiring more than 20 years later as a lieutenant colonel. He was proud to have served his country in Vietnam, and was active in the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia. He regularly attended the organization’s reunions and enjoyed visiting with many of his former troopers and fellow officers.

In Austin, Bill was active in the community and believed it was better to give than to receive. He was one of the original volunteers with the Austin Aqua Festival in 1962, participating in every festival except the years he was on active duty with the U.S. Army. He served on Austin Aqua Festival’s board of directors and was president in 1982. He also served the community with the Lions Club, volunteering hundreds of hours during Friday night high school football games, and the Optimist Club of Austin, selling Christmas trees every December for years at the corner of Windsor Road and Exposition Boulevard. He put his knowledge and experience growing up in Austin to use as a member of the City of Austin’s Historical Landmark Commission. He was also a member of the Bachelors of Austin and the Admirals Club of Austin. He instilled his sense of community and service to his three children, whom he always included and encouraged to participate in his volunteer activities.

He had a rewarding and successful career in the savings and loan and banking industry. He was skilled at building relationships. He was an adept banker and lender who was devoted to listening to and understanding the needs of his clients, regardless of their net worth or size of their business. He treated everyone respectfully and equally.

Bill, his parents and his brother, Jack, were among the first parishioners of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Austin. He served as an acolyte and crucifer, and was active in many ministries at Good Shepherd, most notably the Good Ole Boys, who delighted in any opportunity to fire up the grill and barbecue for the flock.

When he suffered a stroke in 2006, he retired and moved to Bastrop, where he joined River Valley Christian Fellowship. He would regularly be found on Sunday mornings in the back pew, drinking highly sweetened coffee, joyfully visiting with his many friends, and tapping his cane to the rhythm of the contemporary Christian music.

Bill will be remembered most for his absolute love for life, devotion to his family and friends, wonderful sense of humor, booming voice, thunderous laugh, and radiant, ear-to-ear smile.

He is survived by his daughter, Laurie Curtin, her husband, Michael; son, William C. Holford, Jr., his wife Sylvia; daughter, Robin LeFrance, her husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Lauren Ward, her husband, Blake, William Curtin, Matthew Curtin, Stephen LeFrance, Andrew Curtin, and Matthew LeFrance; great-grandson, Nolan Ward; brother, Jack Holford, his wife, Diana; former wife, Linda Littlefield; former, but always family, brother-in-law, Matthew F. Kreisle, III, his wife, Rita; sisters-in-law, Missy Brady, her husband, Dick; Nancy Higgins, her husband, Don; Rochelle Hull, her husband, George; nieces, Morgan Enderby, Claudia Kreisle, Carrie Reilly, and Dallas Holford; and nephew, Houston Holford. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Marie Holford; and his mother- and father-in-law, Margie and Dr. Matthew F. Kreisle, Jr.

There will be a memorial service Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11 a.m., at River Valley Christian Fellowship, 1224 Highway 71 West, in Bastrop.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship fund: 11th ACVVC, c/o Ollie Pickral, 571 Ditchley Rd., Kilmarnock, VA, 22482, www.11thcavnam.com; or Feed the Need Missions, feedtheneed.org/donate-now/, PO Box 1542, Bastrop, TX, 78602.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Janet Paggi Grandinetti

March 23, 2021

Dear Holford Family,

As I look back on those happy years at Austin High, I will remember with great affection a really great guy who I happened to have a crush on! His kind, warm, generous spirit will always be a part of my heart!

God bless,
Janet

Gayle Shannon

March 22, 2021

We are saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. He lived at our apartment community for quite a few years. I remember his love for his alma mater TCU and yes, his wide grin. We chatted about college football on many occasions.
Prayers for the family.
The Lodge at Lost Pines Leasing Team

Suzy Smith Juncker

March 22, 2021

Bill was a friend at Austin High and one I contacted when I returned to Austin in middle age, as a Realtor. He was a great friend then, too, in helping me negotiate the local real estate industry. Although I no longer reside in Austin, I will miss him and am certain he will be missed by many. He was always smiling. I remember.

Ronny (Ron) Vickers

March 21, 2021

Bill & I were friends and school mates thru our days at SF Austin High. I always thought the world of Bill. He treated everyone with great respect and always had a helping hand for anyone in need . I was fortunate to keep in touch with Bill with Austin High communication's, the reunions and Face Book. Evan though I did not see him much I will sincerely miss him and looking forward to seeing him at our reunions. Bill was a wonderful person and friend and a devoted Christian. May he rest in peace. God Bless his family and friends.
Old friend Ronny Vickers
Prayers to all
March 21, 2021

Ralph K. Banks

March 21, 2021

I am very saddened to hear of the decease of Bill Holford. Bill was one of my US Army Reserve Advanced Course students many years ago. May our gracious God comfort his family in his loss.

Steve Harris

March 18, 2021

Missy and I are sad to learn of Bill's passing. We knew Bill from O. Henry days thru AHS and socially in later years. We enjoyed working with Bill during the Aqua Festival "boom time" years. Hundreds of volunteers were necessary to conduct some 30-plus events during the festival's ten day run and Bill was an enthusiastic leader in making it happen.

His smile and friendly attitude will be missed!

Missy and Steve

Genny Kercheville

March 16, 2021

Bill was such a happy and friendly person. His warm and outgoing personality will long be remembered. I send my love and condolences to his family. Genny Kercheville

Jim Christianson

March 15, 2021

I served with Bill for several years on the City of Austin Historic Landmark Commission. He was a valuable asset to our commission. Both of us were native Austinites but he was older and had much more knowledge of Austin before my time. He told me once he was the paper boy for Gov Ma Ferguson when she lived in her home at the intersection of Windsor and Enfield. Bill will be missed.

LaTrelle & Ralph Peterson

March 15, 2021

Laurie, Will & Robin, Ralph & I were so sad to read that your dad died. We have so many happy memories involving your family. From the happy days on Preston when we had playgroups, carpools to Casis, Indian Guide camp outs, Halloween hayrides, birthday parties. So many fun times. Also for me going to O’Henry & Austin High with your dad & then becoming cousins!! He was always so friendly & fun to be around. Just sad that we lost touch over the years but it has been great to keep up with him & you all on Facebook. Love always, LaTrelle & Ralph

John David Holmes

March 15, 2021

Rest In Peace, Bill! You were always a dear, good friend and we always had interesting conversations about our mutual times at Austin High, in the US Army, and about real estate finance. You were always one of the "good guys"!! God speed and Loyal Forever. David

FROM THE FAMILY