Melvin William Holifield

Monday, July 18, 2016
Melvin William Holifield

Melvin William Holifield, 96, of Pollard, Ark., passed away July 17, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

He was born May 30, 1920, in Pollard, to the late James and Carrie Holifield, and was united in marriage to Alma Crews on Oct. 7, 1939.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma (Crews) Holifield; one sister, Betty Jean Donahue Wrolen; one brother, Ardel (Art) Holifield; a half-sister, Alma May Sherraden Blake; and half-brothers Charles Sherraden, Homer Holifield and Lloyd Holifield.

Melvin is survived by his sons, Jerry Holifield of Pollard and Mitchell Holifield, and wife Glenda, of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Regina Leveque of Columbia, Ill., Neil Holifield of Desoto, Mo., Carrie Hatton of Paragould, Ark., April Scott of Memphis, Tenn. and Caroline Ernst of St. Louis, Mo.; six great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Jerry Keith, Jordan, Travis, Ian, Griffin and Alex and two great-great-grandchildren, Kylie and Larsen.

As a carpenter/contractor, Melvin, in addition to working on construction and renovation projects regarding schools, churches, a power plant, nursing facilities and even a jail, built numerous homes in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. He was also the senior member of New Hope Baptist Church in Pollard, where he, during his 64 years of membership, served in several capacities such as Sunday School Director, chair and member of the Building and Grounds Committee and custodian. He was also a World War II Army Veteran.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the chapel of Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott, Ark., with Loy Culver and Bob Fry officiating. A visitation will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, and will continue until the time of the service. Burial will be at the New Hope Cemetery in Pollard.

Pallbearers will be Steve Baker, Jim Chandler, Gary Conley, Gary O'Dell, Marty Conley and Wayne Hendley. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Grider, Tom Gross, Johnny Howell and Ronnie Neeley.

Lasting memorials can be made to Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes at www.abchomes.org