Ray Holman

March 29, 1936April 12, 2014

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Collier-Butler Chapel for Mr. Ray Holman, 78, Rainbow City who passed away April 12, 2014. Dr. John Copeland and Rev. David Chandler will officiate. Burial will be at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services Directing. Mr. Holman graduated Draughons Business College in 1957 and moved to Indiana where he worked for Indianapolis Star and News. He moved to Gadsden in 1978 and worked for The Gadsden Times till he retired in 1996. He was a devout member of North Gadsden Baptist Church. Mr. Holman was preceded in death by his parents, Estelle and Hattie Holman, (Tenn), brothers, Charlie Holman, (Ind) and Earl Holman (Tenn), sisters, Velma Rittenberry, Rulene Brown, (Tenn) and son, James Holman, (Fla). He is survived by his wife, Ann Holman, Daughters, Sheila (Jeff) Trent, Ind., Sandy (Mike) Hardin, Ind., Sherry (Lee) Butrum, (Ind.), Schaun (Curt) Hill, (AL), Elizabeth Smith, (AL), Deborah (Josh) Sullivan, (AL) and sons, Kevin (Christie) Holman, (AL) and Brian Holman, (AL), grandchildren, Chathan, Ashlynn, Mackenzie, Savannah, John Riley, Audrey Kate, Sanders, Attison, Anderson, Alex, Shelly, Kelly, Nicky, Bryce, Cameron, Logan, Cory, Callie, Garrett and Cierra, Great Granchildren, Cash Gene, Jalee, John Wayne, Cayden and Sadee, one grandchild and two great grandchildren on the way, sisters, Earlene (Fred) Rittenberry, (Tenn.) and Shirley (Donald) Brawner, brother, Bill (Raydell) Holman, (KY) and special son-in-law, Mater Smith, (AL) Pallbearers will be; Kevin Holman, Brian Holman, Alex Holman, Chathan Holman, Josh Sullivan and Mater Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jeff Trent and Curt Hill. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jason Ayres and staff, Gentiva Home Rehab and Lawley Hospice. We were very thankful God sent these special people into our lives during this difficult time. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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April 23, 2014

RIP dear friend,remembering all the good times and bad times we shared working together for 20 years at the Times.Rays favorite saying was Careful what you wish for WE MAY GET IT!!I will miss you Elvilee Argo

Graham Kimbrough

April 23, 2014

I worked with Ray at the Gadsden Times 1993-1995. I always admired his work ethic and his ability to remain calm even when others weren't. One of my favorite memories of Ray was us getting out and selling single copies of the Gadsden Times during the snowstorm of 1993. He was always willing to lend a hand and did so with a smile. What a nice person. I'm glad I got to work with him. Condolences to the family and his many friends

Teresa Clanton

April 18, 2014

Me and Uncle Olie want to send our condolences to your family. We know Mr. Ray will be genuinely missed by the family and friends he left behind. He was the best boss I had at the Gadsden Times.

Terry Tillery

April 15, 2014

Praying for You and the Girls and Family.

April 15, 2014

Thoughts and prayers with the holman family. Ray was a great man. He will be missed, but all he taught will still live on

April 15, 2014

So sorry for your loss Ann ,Brian Chathan and family.

Jeff Holman

April 14, 2014

You will be sadly missed. I love you uncle Ray. Love Jeff Holman and family

Carrie Holman

April 14, 2014

It saddens us all to Loose a great man. Jeff and I send our thoughts and prayers for all of the Holman family. We love you all ,GOD BLESS

cathy brooks

April 14, 2014

Sorry for your lost.Ray was a very nice man. God Bless you all. Love and Prayers

Elizabeth Smith

April 14, 2014

I love you, Daddy! Thank you for showing us all what the perfect man should be. You have earned your wings. I will miss your smile every day, but know you are watching over us all from above. Until we meet again, I love you so much!