Charles Fred Hollis
Charles Fred Hollis, 83, of Jonesboro, Ark., passed peacefully from this life on November 1, 2016. He was born August 7, 1933, on the family farm near Piggott, Ark., to Charly Houston Hollis and Linnie (Allman) Hollis.
Mr. Hollis was of the Baptist belief, a Navy Veteran and member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion for many years. Born and raised on the farm, he learned the importance of hard work and resourcefullness--lessons he kept with him throughout his life and passed on to his family.
Self-employed in the mobile home business for more than 50 years, he traveled the country and many miles in his home state of Arkansas. Until the end, he could recall every home he delivered and who he had delivered it for. An avid hunter who continued to enjoy the farm, he found great joy sharing that love with his children, grandchildren and more-recently his great-grandchildren.
He loved to share stories, a laugh and bounty from his hunting adventures. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals and was passionate about both. Mr. Hollis was an avid pool player, a hobby he enjoyed with many friends.
One of seven children, his siblings are--Margie Wesserling (Dick), Bea Gilbert (deceased), Sid Hollis (Sue), Nancy Benson (Shirley) and Elmo Hollis (Carolyn), all of Piggott, and Jim Hollis (Barbara), of Buda, Texas.
Mr. Hollis was survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Paula (Robinson) Hollis of the home; his four children, Becky (Hollis) Shannon and husband Sam, Richard Hollis and wife Karen, of Jonesboro; Jeff Hollis and wife Gerry of Tifton, Ga. and Phillip Hollis, also of Jonesboro. He's also survived by his grandchildren, Brannen Hollis, Jake Bleichner, Sean Hollis, Bo Pulliam, Stephani Parish, Chris Pulliam, Anthony Bleichner, Hunter Pulliam, Dane Hollis, Taylor Shannon and Kristopher Hollis, along with 13 great-grandchildren.
Though small in stature, he was always larger than life and will leave a hole in our world that can never be filled. We know he goes before us to prepare a place in heaven.
A celebration of his life was held in the family home, in Jonesboro, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. A private family service will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, on the Hollis family farm, located near Piggott.