|Julius William and his wife, Elizabeth (Womack) Holley settled in the
Silver Valley area about 1898. It is thought they came from Tennessee.
The family consisted of several children before they moved to Texas. Their
children: George, Frank, Cora, Mattie, Needham, John, Emma, Louis, Pearl,
Rufus, Edna, and Estelle. Pearl and Rufus were born at Silver Valley;
Edna and Estelle were born at Glen Cove. Emma was four years old
when Julius and Elizabeth came to Texas. When she was six, the family
moved to the Shady Grove community where they lived for two years before
coming to Glen Cove. Julius bought a farm just south of the townsite.
The farm lay along a little creek, its north border, which empties into
Hords Creek. Most of this history will be devoted to the descendants
of George, the oldest son, whose family spent many years in the Glen Cove
area. Not much is known of the whereabouts of the original family
of Julius and Elizabeth. They left Texas and moved to Missouri.
Presently, some members of the family live in Tennessee, Florida, and Illinois.
George, born January 1, 1887, attended Putnam College, a Primative Baptist
school, which later merged with Cisco Jr. College, married Fairy Belle
Duncan in 1908 (see Joseph William Duncan). They had eight children:
Blanche; Charles; Joe, born September 2, 1914; Byron; Bethel; Pauline;
Gradis; and Delbert. George was a barber by trade. He and his
brother-in-law, Arthur Duncan, built a barber shop at Glen Cove in 1917.
The little building still stands, repaired and painted, as a small storage
house, at the back of the home of Walter and Dot Pond in Glen Cove.
For many years the small building served as a barbershop where Steve Hale
clipped and groomed heads of hair of young and old alike. The young
Holley family left Texas and moved to Missouri where George continued to
barber. George and his family returned to Texas in about 1923, settling
at Glen Cove on property owned by Fairy Belle’s parents. In the early
1930’s Fairy Belle and George were divorced. He went to Arkansas
where he married again and had another daughter, June (Gallop) Jr., who
lives in Paragould, Arkansas.
Of the eight children of George and Fairy Belle, three are deceased.
Delbert died in 1961, at age 34, buried in Sweetwater; Charles died in
1972, buried at Glen Cove; Pauline (Hicks) in 1982, buried in Hylton.
All of the Holley children attended Glen Cove school at one time or another,
however, none of them made Coleman County their home after the “growing
up” years, until Joe came back in 1975. He left Glen Cove when a
young man, married Wilma Hyde of Hico, November 22, 1941. He entered
the U.S. Armed Forces in October 1942, serving his country for twenty-eight
months until injury to an arm forced a medical discharge. They had
two daughters, Billie Jean and Wilma Jo - now Mrs. Stanley Pieper and Mrs.
Eddie Brown, respectively, of Roscoe. Joe has four grandchildren:
Randall, Britt and Sonja Pieper and Aaron Finke, all of Roscoe. Joe
and Wilma were divorced in 1970. Later Joe married Eleanor (Ridings)
Stinson November 10, 1974 (see Ridings and George Anson Stinson). They
make their home in Glen Cove. Joe, for many years, was under contract
with Green Stamp Stores in an eight state area where he built or remodeled
buildings and set up displays for the Green Stamp Company. A carpenter
by trade, he is semi-retired. They are members of Glen Cove Baptist
Church, where Eleanor is church clerk and pianist.
The sons of George and Fairy Belle served their country well in two
wars - World War II and the Korean Conflict in Army and Naval Services
- Delbert, Joe, and Byron in the Army; Gradis in the Navy. The daughters
are Blanche (Holley) Townsend Phillips of Desdemona, Bethel (Holley) Roe
Clark of Desdemona, and Pauline (Holley) Hicks, deceased. Fairy Belle
(Duncan) Holley died September 11, 1983, in DeLeon, buried at Glen Cove.
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Julius and Elizabeth Holley, 1902. Children, top row: Frank, Mattie,
George, Cora; bottom row: Emma, Pearl, Needham, John and Louis.
Sons of George and Fairy Belle Holley — Bottom row: Joe, Gradis,
Delbert; top row: Byron and Charles
Fairy Belle Holley, at age 90, and daughter, Blanche Phillips. At
Joe’s home at Glen Cove in July, 1980
Eleanor and Joe Holley-1974
Pauline (Holley) Hicks, Gayle and Joel V, 1946
Bethel (Holley) Clark and Mr. Clark, 1982