Church Services for Roger Holley, 75, of Paducah were held at 2pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Paducah with Troy Cartmill, of Lubbock, former Paducah Missionary Baptist pastor, officiating and Pastor Brett Hoffman assisting. Interment followed at Garden of Memories in Paducah under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home of Paducah. Visitation was held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the funeral home. Mr. Holley departed this world for heaven, surrounded by his loved ones, on March 23, 2017 in Lubbock after a valiant battle with a lengthy illness.
Roger was born on December 12, 1941 just five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor; a fact he always shared. He was born in Cottle County to Joseph Allen and Anna Belle (Faulkenberry) Holley. He graduated from Paducah High School in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Ann Garrett on June 3, 1962 in Paducah. From this union, they had two children: Che’rei and Nicole.
Roger grew up and learned to farm and ranch in Ogden. When he took over in 1964, he was the 4th generation of Holleys to farm that land. In the early 60’s, he was known for his 1963 Chevy 409 Impala and the speed at which he drove it. For nine years, he served as Cottle County Judge. Roger was on the Cap Rock Telephone Cooperative Board for almost 50 years. He served many years on the Paducah Volunteer Fire Department and actively enjoyed weather spotting. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a Cottle County historian and storyteller. In the late 60’s he worked for the ASCS office measuring farmed acreage in the county. From this experience, he learned to appreciate the value of maps and the historical reference that they provide. Subsequently, he collected many maps and could in an instant show you any place you wanted. In his later years, he hotshot horse trailers and worked a short stint at the local Boll Weevil Eradication Program.
Roger most of all was proud of his family. He was a huge Paducah Dragon fan and supporter. He was so proud of his Dragons that he traveled many miles following them even before his kids and grandkids were involved. He was a people person. He knew somebody everywhere he went.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife; Patsy Holley, his children; Che’rei Hicks and husband, Tim, and Nicole Thompson and husband, Vance, all of Paducah; six grandchildren: Bailey, Parker, and Jackson Hicks, Garrett, Colby, and Sawyer Thompson, and one great grandchild, Tyson Hicks, and numerous family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Joseph Allen and Anna Belle Holley, and his brothers: Leon Holley and Billie J Holley.
The family has asked that donations be made to his granddaughter, Colby Thompson’s, One Year Mission in NYC Fund. Mail donations to: Go Now Missions, FOR: Colby Thompson, P.O. Box 195439, Arlington, TX 76019 or go online to www.gonowmissions.com/give and choose “Give toward a student serving on a Christmas, Summer, Impact, or Semester Mission Trip” and choose “Colby Thompson”.