Horace G Holbrook
February 12, 1931 – March 14, 2020
He was a simple man. Not born to wealth, power or prestige. The last surviving sibling of eight children born close to Atlanta in Tucker, Ga., before Tucker was swallowed by the Atlanta metropolitan area. His parents were working tenants working through the wars and depression to keep food on the table for their children.
He was a simple man. He went to public school. Graduated and joined the Army and later attended law school at night. By that time he was working in the insurance industry adjusting claims all over the Southeast. Driving a company car with an expense account he was sure he had it made.
He was a simple man bound by simple principles. He had no vices. He had a deep religious conviction. He paid his way. He honored the commitment of marriage. He kept his word and he was bound by the promises he made. In his own way he passed these principles on to his two sons who daily try and fill those shoes to pass the same principles on to their sons.
He was a simple man. He was a working man. He put his pants on one leg at a time and he got up and went to work. He did not know any other way. He never obtained wealth, glory, power or celebrity. He worked to take care of his family and he did it with dignity, pride and more loyalty to his employers than they could ever return. When he is gone he won’t be remembered except by those who loved and knew him. There won’t be any articles or stories of his passing. His 89 years on this planet did not change the world. But his presence on this planet added to the moral fabric of the world today. Just like a grain of sand makes the shoreline, my Dad’s presence in society contributed to the continued success of the values that bind us all together.
He was one of a kind to his family. But in the big picture he was not unlike so many other fathers of boys and girls that I knew born in the same time frame. The life he lived was considered a successful life and one to be emulated.
He was a simple man. He singularly flourished in retirement and enjoyed the daily routines of church, his men’s groups, taking naps, playing golf, puttering around the house and reading. With his wife of 65 years, they managed to raise two boys, both gainfully employed with families of their own. He loved his grandchildren with a passion taking an interest in all of their lives. He apparently refrained from spoiling his own kids so he could spoil his grandkids. He took them out to eat, took them shopping, went to sporting events and became a die-hard University of Texas football fan watching every game to see his grandson.
He was not a giant. He was a simple man, but he left big shoes to fill and a big hole in the hearts of the ones who loved him.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, June Holbrook; sons Mark and wife Becky and Lee and his wife Rhonda; and his grandchildren Aaron, Christopher, Jak, Nicole and Courtney along with numerous nieces and nephews who all loved him very much.
The squirrels of Glenshire are rejoicing.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, 12555 S. Kirkwood Rd., Stafford, Texas with internment following at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Westbury Baptist Church or charity of your choice.
- Westbury Baptist Church
- Visitation Tuesday, March 17, 2020
- Funeral Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020
- Committal Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Horace G Holbrook
Lisa Gabro Higgs
March 19, 2020
Mr. Horace...our sweet, handsome, dapper dressed Mr. Horace. My Dad is in his Sun School class at WBC. After Dads stroke 4 years ago, my husband and I began taking him to church. We met this nice guy and just fell in love with his quiet but strong beliefs. He would remain quiet but if it was something he felt strongly convicted about..he would speak. Always welcomed us with a smile and kind word. We began taking some of the overflow of our gardens and sharing with the class. Mr. Horace loved our fruit, especially the sweet tangerines. I remember when he got the cancer diagnosis, I snuck him a bag of them so he could pig out before the next test. Then, we took in our grapefruit and big Meyer lemons. He got some of those. The next Sunday, he met me with this cute lil smirk. I said hi, and he begin to tell me how he had washed one of the grapefruit and cut it watching the juice flow out...but, quickly with the first bite realize it was not a grapefruit but a dang lemon! A huge lemon! We both had a good laugh that morning. Oh, how we will miss him. But, I'm so happy to know one day, I'll see him in heaven.. thank you for the GREAT obituary! Only knowing him a few years...you nailed him. A simple man. We will miss him and can offer our love and prayers for his sweet wife and boys and grandchildren. He was a honey...and the worst was not being able to come to his lil service because of this Coronavirus quarantine to share this with you in person! God bless you all!, Lisa, Steve Higgs and our dad Buddy Gabro
March 17, 2020
For a short period of time during my childhood years, Horace and June lived in Reidsville, NC, less than 25 miles from our home in Greensboro, NC. I do not recall how many visits, but I do recall looking forward to Horace and June coming to Greensboro on early Saturday mornings to pick up Wayne, my brother, and me, to take us back to their home in Reidsville for the weekend. This was before Mark and Lee. For Wayne and me, it was being with our 2nd parents. We probably tested them, but they kept coming back and we kept wanting more time with them. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old, too young to understand the advantage of close proximity in geography and time in short distance to Reidsville. The memories of those visits will always be cherished. Thank you, June and Horace for being good to 2 boys!
March 17, 2020
God bless Horace Holbrook. He was a great man in my eyes and he will live on in my memories.
March 16, 2020
I was hired by the American Insurance Co in Atlanta back in early 1962 and was transferred to their Birmingham service office shortly there after as a field claims rep. My boss was Horace Holbrook! He was an expert in our business and was a real asset to me and as I learned my work via OJT. He was a darned good teacher--never critical.
The Holbrooks transferred several times but we have always stayed in touch. We visited them in Louisville, Ky and Jacksonville, Fla. (they were gracious hosts and they meant it when they said "Come see us").
Horace was a fine Christian man and will be sorely miss by all who knew him!
June, Mark& Lee please know that we share your sadness and will remember ya'll when we say our prayers.
Ed & Linda Roach
March 16, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out for Horace and his entire family. I thank God for the wonderful way in which Horace and June accepted my family and me into their family. Horace lived a life of honor and dignity
that will never be forgotten.
March 16, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to June and family. As young boys, my brother, Jim and I, would spend time with Uncle Horace & Aunt June when they lived in Virginia. I remember playing on the big swing set at their apartment. They took such good care of us. I always felt loved and supported by Horace and June then and now. Thank you for caring. Love you.