OBITUARY

Tommie Jocille Alvis

January 3, 1935January 8, 2019

Tommie Jocille Holt Alvis, age 84, born January 3, 1935 in Haskell County, Texas, passed on from this earthly life on January 8, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born to J. C. Holt and Clara Mena Brite Holt. A committal service will on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2:00p.m. at DFW National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her dear husband and partner in life. Tommie graduated Haskell High School in west Texas in 1953. That same year, she met and married Kenneth Ray Alvis, with whom she shared 65 years of life, love, a remarkable work ethic, and the raising of their family. They started out as young marrieds in the Army, welcoming their first two children on base; one in El Paso, TX and one in Valley Forge, PA. After the Army, they made their permanent home in Fort Worth, Texas and soon welcomed their third child. A few years later they traded their starter home for the beloved family acreage where Tommie and Kenneth poured their hearts and souls into giving their family a wholesome and fulfilling upbringing. Tommie also enjoyed her long career as a legal secretary. She approached her work with the same passion and determination as everything else in her life. If it was worth doing, it was worth giving her all. Even in Tommie’s later years, never one to sit and do nothing, she would always be found working on a project whether it be crocheting heirloom afghans, hand-painting ceramic figurines, creating wall paintings, making special occasion wreaths, or sewing ornate appliqued Christmas stockings. Tommie loved Texas and the United States of America and believed she lived in the greatest place on Earth. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ray Alvis, daughter, Karen Denise Alvis Bennett, parents, J. C. Holt and Clara Mena Brite Holt, and siblings, W. C. Holt, Jewell Holt Pittman, JC Holt, Robert Jerry Holt. Tommie is survived by her children, Kenneth Ray Alvis, Jr. and Kelly Lynn Alvis Haines; grandchildren, Briana Bennett Edwards, Katrissa Bennett, Colton Bennett, Tyler Alvis, Wyatt Alvis, John Rowe, Jr., and Buddy Rowe; and great grandchildren, Imogen Edwards, Reegan Russell, Caspian Bennett, and Kaden Rowe. Also survived by sisters, Gene Holt Jeter, Amelia Holt Perry, Jeanette Holt Ramos, and Jane Holt Rowland, numerous loved nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Special mention goes to Betty Merle Pittman Chandler, Tommie's first niece and closest friend; and to Tim Harvard, the attorney she enjoyed serving for many years until her retirement and loved as a son.

Services

  • Committal Service Monday, January 28, 2019
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Kelly Alvis Haines

January 29, 2019

Kelly Alvis Haines

January 29, 2019

Dear Mother, Here we are again so soon. I'm sorry for your difficult battle & any fear you experienced. I wanted so badly to take it away from you, to make it easy, make it better. We tried so hard, didn't we? Life here without you & Daddy feels foreign to me. You've been such a huge part of my daily existence forever. What do I do now? I know. Just live. Right? Daddy told me over & over, "Kelly, go enjoy your life." I kept telling him, "Daddy, you & Mother ARE part of my life!" There is now & for awhile will be an empty place in me where you were, but there are still dear loved ones here for me to love. They'll just get more of me. I'll keep them close in my heart. You know I will. Joe has waited for a long, long time, Mother. He has supported me all these years so I could come when you needed me. He needs me now. I'm strugglin to say g'bye to all that has passed between us, g'bye to the substance of who we have been to each other, g'bye to the homestead. It'll take time to recalibrate who I am now. Thankyou...for all the good things you taught me that serve me well today; for choosin Daddy; for choosin to go ahead & give me life at a time when it seemed unfathomable to cope with adding one more; for takin me to church to help me get a start in knowin Who God is & Who He wants to be in my life. Because of those early teachings I gave my heart to Him & I have the hope of Heaven. There's still alot of work for Him to do in me, Mother, but I'm willin to have Him do it, willin to keep listenin & goin with Him & learnin to replace selfish motives & intentions with love toward others. I pray now for the hearts of all of us who must carry on; for Sam & Jill & Tyler & Wyatt; for Briana & Katrissa & Colton & their young ones; for Johnny & Buddy & Kaden. May we graciously reflect the important lessons we learned from you & Daddy. It's so hard to know how to let go now. God help us, all of your loved ones, to put one foot in front of the other. I love you. --kelly

Jill Johnson

January 25, 2019

I’m Tommie’s daughter in law. When I had my son Tyler, Tommie and Kenneth came to visit us in California. I had no idea how to be a mom. She bought all kinds of supplies and organized the nursery for us. Another time when they visited, we went to the beach and I didn’t have a bathing suit, so she bought me one. I was blown away by that generosity.

I’d like to acknowledge Kelly for all the time she spent taking good care of both Kenneth and Tommie over many years. She travelled far from her home in Ontario to help them out. When we were there in May, daddy said “she works like a man!” Thank You Kelly. We love you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY