Ira Ernest Holley Jr., 91, of Arab died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.

Mr. Holley was born Aug. 20, 1928 to Ira Ernest Holley Sr. and Annie Mae Griffith Holley in Blount County. He was married to the former Betty Anne Hill for 69 years.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the Korean War. He retired from commercial hauling as a truck driver. He was a member of the Arab Masonic Lodge #663 and Eastern Star, in both of which he received his 50 year pin; Scottish Rites Temple of Huntsville; and Cahaba Shrine of Huntsville.

He enjoyed reading and watching Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball.

He was a member of Arab First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife: Betty Holley; sons and daughters-in-law: Ernest Benjamin “Benny” and Sheila Holley, Mark and Vicki Holley; daughter and son-in-law: Lisa Anne and John Cox; grandchildren: Amanda Holley, Mary Anne Leak, Brendan Jones, Ayla Jones; nephews: Holley and Deby Caldwell, Hamlin and Cindy Caldwell.

He was preceded in death by a sister: Martha Holley Caldwell.

The funeral was at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Michael Q. Shirley and the Rev. Steve West officiating. Burial was in Arab Memorial Cemetery with Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were Oliver Taylor, Benny Stone, Patrick Smith, Lavon Sutton, Hamlin Caldwell and Holley Caldwell.

Memorials may be made to the Arab First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1058 North Main Street Arab, AL 35016 or Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, 408 Martling Road, Albertville, Ala. 35951.

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