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Clarence Grady Holton was born in Merryville, LA. on the family farm August 19, 1924 to Cordie Coward and J.C. Holton but grew up in Jasper. He was married for 75 years to Gordon Elizabeth Holton (1942-2017). His children are Terry (Debby) Holton, Jacksonville, TX, Glenda (Bob) Flickner, Garland, TX, Beth (John) Griner, Ocala, FL., and Mark (Lisa) Holton, League City, TX. Eight grandchildren, Chris (Sandra) Holton, Russ (Rae Lynn) Holton, David Rodenberg, Rhonda (Jeremy) Gant, Joy (Chad) Chmelar, Melanie (Alex) Williams, Melissa Griner, and Brandy (David) Spear and step grand-daughters Brooke Lamb, Lindsay (Sam) Morrissey, and step grand-son Blake (Mary) Flickner and 25 great-grandchildren. His sister was, Gladys (Robert) Windham and his two nephews are Ron (Dorothy) and Jim (Sally) Windham. Grady served during WW II in the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate on the S.S. Carl Schurz and the S.S. Kit Carson in the South Pacific, and on the S.S. Czechoslovakia Victory making trips to Adak and Attu off the coast of Alaska. In 1952, he left the employment of the Gulf Refinery in Pt. Arthur to become owner/operator of Holton’s Service Station and Garage later known as Grady’s Tackle. He served the public for over 65 years as an honest, hard-working businessman and employer, a friend and listening ear to many loyal customers. He was a fisher of fish, as well as, a fisher of men, a man of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a prayer warrior, a lover of God’s Word, and a long-time member of Gideon’s International known for distributing God’s Word. After becoming a Christian in 1971, at a Billy Graham Crusade in Dallas, TX. Grady’s life passion was to share God’s Word by giving New Testaments to people he encountered everywhere he went. His desire was for everyone to understand the Gospel, see their need for a Savior and have an opportunity to trust Christ for salvation and eternal life. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. On December 4, 2019, Grady heard those words all believers long to hear, “well done thy good and faithful servant”. Along with family and friends, former customers, and those who may have personally received a Gideon New Testament, or a kind and encouraging word from Grady, you are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at First Baptist Church of Jasper on Monday, December 9 at 11AM with visitation at 10AM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shultz Funeral Home of Jasper. Condolences can be posted at www.shultzfuneralhomeofjasper.com or on Facebook at Shultz Funeral Home & Crematory.