Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 314 S. Taylor St. in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. William Butler Jr. and Rev. William Givens.
Music provided by: the church choir members.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: William Wheeler, Artie Wiser, Ronald Turner, William Fisher, Dareyl Nalley and Louis Connor. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Wiser, Walter Dixon, Bill Wise, Alcina Givens, Mython Parson, Charles Holman, Sam Gilkey, Leo Salmon and Pete Nasir.
Eunice Lorraine (Essex) Holman died unexpectedly at 7:25 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Vandalia, she married Robert L. Holman, just prior to him entering the military in 1942. Eunice worked at a shoe factory in Hannibal for a short time and then moved to Chicago with her friend Alcina Givens. She worked as a beautician in Chicago and then for a while in Los Angeles, before moving back to Vandalia when Robert was discharged from the service. Eunice was a charter member of the Second Baptist Church and was treasurer for the Mission Auxiliary. She was also an avid supporter of the restoration of the old Lincoln School.
Born: February 13, 1919 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Charles Benjamin Grant Essex and Ben Ella (Meadows) Essex.
Married: Robert L. Holman on December 22, 1942 in Vandalia, Missouri at the parsonage of Rev. D. Depriest, with his wife sister Depriest as a witness; he preceded her in death on August 9, 1998.
Survivors include: three daughters, Barbara Elaine Holman, Joyce Ella Holman and Donna Lynette Holman all of Vandalia; one sister, Phyllis Nalley; two grandchildren, Ashlee Lorraine Holman and Robert Grant Holman of Vandalia; one brother-in-law, Charles and wife Imogene Holman of Vandalia; two sisters-in-law, Helen Holman of Vandalia and Jeanne Shelton of Troy; a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: husband, Robert; one brother, Glen Sutton; six sisters, Grace Clay, Gussie Ware, Myrtle Williams, Pearl I. Hardin, Velma Alexander and Elizabeth Kincade.
Memorials may be made to the Second Baptist Church, 314 S. Taylor St. Vandalia, MO 63382 or the Lincoln School Restoration or the American Lung Association.